Introduction to Literacy introduces students interested in teaching in elementary school settings to current literacy theories and practices supportive of diverse populations and congruent with NYS Learning Standards. School-based activities that support course objectives are required.EDU 211 sections include a service learning component called “Global Book Hour”. Global Book Hour is held at Wegmans on Amherst Street (Saturday mornings) or at the Westside Value Laundromat (Monday evenings). Teacher candidates share global children’s literature with children who attend. Children participate in music and movement activities, vocabulary games, geography and art projects all facilitated by the teacher candidates and related to the books read. Global Book Hour allows EDU 211 students to practice and apply course content in a meaningful, authentic context.
Either a field experience or a virtual experience is required for this course.
Partner schools: BPS #30, Hyde Park, BPS #27, King Center Charter School
Field experience: Wegman's Global Book Hour, West Side Value Laundromat
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