I'm working with students in my EN 309 class (Teaching of Writing) on connecting ideas from Nancie Atwell's In the Middle, Jim Burke's Writing Reminders, and Mary Ehrenworth's Looking to Write. I have them create and share lesson plans that include writing across the curriculum in grades K-12. Recently, they created lesson plans using the Newspapers in Education model
http://www.nieonline.com/ -- incorporating newspapers into the teaching of various subjects. Next, we'll be constructing minilessons and preparing to write lessons connecting art and writing.
I have these undergrad students go into the schools (individually) and observe for up to 10 hours in a classroom that includes writing. They reflect on these experiences in class and in an observation report at the end of the term. I'm wondering what kinds of questions others in English Ed have students consider when they are observing or doing early field experiences on their own.
Thanks for your feedback. :) Kia Jane