Pedagogy A: Secondary English

3 CREDITS    |    TERM 2 

Pedagogy is the flexible application of learning theories in problem-solving contexts. Pedagogical knowledge includes understanding and applying learning theories; developing subject matter expertise; implementing general and discipline-specific instructional strategies and practices; developing, analyzing and modifying curriculum; assessing outcomes of learning; and developing professional self-efficacy, collegiality and community to address problems of practice. In these pedagogy courses, candidates build an understanding of the importance of planning, instruction, assessment and reflection as necessary elements in the teaching and learning cycle.

The purpose of this course is both practical and theoretical. Teacher candidates will begin to build pedagogical practice through fieldwork observation and reflection and through practice in planning and implementing of rigorous and relevant learning opportunities for all learners. Along with a focus on planning instruction for meaningful learning, candidates will engage in a continual cycle of reflection for critical interrogation of their observations and experiences. In order to build instructional approaches for opportunity and access for all students, candidates will examine pedagogical practice not only to build a toolkit, but also to question practice and curricular decisions for purpose and relevancy, equity and access, within varied contexts.