ED 244A — Student Engagement: Voice and Discourse

Teaching is about students, who they are, how they learn, and what they bring to the classroom, that is: their funds of knowledge. While traditional teaching uses a "banking model" in which teachers “deposit” information into students’ empty brains; this course reimagines what that bank would look like if students were the ones with the funds. In this course, participants practice classroom structures in which students, rather than teachers, do the bulk of the intellectual work. The course examines the small interactions in classrooms (micro) to understand big ideas about education (macro). Taken in conjunction with ED 211A Classroom Teaching Practicum. Primarily for students pursuing the Massachusetts teaching license in secondary education, either through the MAT program or seniors in the Teacher Education minor.