Jocelyn A. Chadwick

President-elect
National Council of Teachers of English

Expert: Jocelyn Chadwick

An English teacher for over thirty years—from Irving High School (Texas) and finally to Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she presently lectures occasionally—Chadwick is a consultant for school districts around the country and assists English departments with curricula to reflect diversity and cross-curricular content and a consultant with NBC News Education Nation’s ParentToolkit. Chadwick was recently elected Vice-President for National Council of Teachers of English.

Working both nationally and abroad, Chadwick’s publications include The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; “Making Characters Come Alive! Using Characters for Identification and Engagement;” “Mark Twain Meets Generation Z: Challenges, Questions, and New Perspectives” (in press); Writing for Life: Using Literature to Teach Writing, Common Core/Paradigmatic Shifts and Teaching Literature in the Context of Literacy Instruction, “We Dare Not to Teach What We Know We Must: The Importance of Difficult Conversations,” English Journal, 106.2 (2016), 88-91; “21st Century Challenge: Necessary Perspectives on Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Anti-Slavery Novels;” Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. W. Wilson, 2016.

Awards and honors include: Honor A Teacher—Harvard University; Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award; The Intellectual Freedom Award; cited as Notable Educator since WWII in Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph; presented at the White House in 2001: The White House Salute to American Authors; and the Mercedes Bonner Leadership Award 2017.

Related Work
"Green Pens, Marginal Notes: Re-Thinking Writing and Student Engagement" and "Making Characters Come Alive: Using Characters for Identification and Engagement," 21st century instructional approaches for teachers and students-cross curricula and critical thinking.

Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards, a book series from NCTE and a site dedicated to exploring the Core.

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Academic Tips for the Summer Before College

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BODYES <p>No lo negaremos, los estudios universitarios son todo un desafío. Tu hijo debe estar preparado para enfrentar las exigencias de cursar materias universitarias, que serán muy diferentes de las que cursaba en la escuela secundaria. Para este momento ya habrás determinado que tu hijo está <a href="/advice-tips/is-my-teen-academically-prepared-for-college-how-to-know">preparado para enfrentar la vida universitaria</a>. Pero todavía quedan algunas cosas que tu hijo puede hacer durante el verano antes de comenzar la universidad para pulir sus habilidades:</p> <p><strong>Consejos para Matemáticas</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Sugiérele a tu hijo que se ofrezca como tutor de niños más pequeños para así reforzar sus propios conocimientos básicos. No importa si es por poco tiempo y solo ayuda a sus hermanos o vecinos, siempre habrá un beneficio. Bon Crowder, profesor de matemáticas en Houston Community College, explica que es una excelente forma de ayudar a los estudiantes a consolidar los conceptos básicos.</p> </li> <li> <p>Cuando vayan a comer afuera, haz que tu hijo calcule la propina. Es una forma sencilla de practicar habilidades matemáticas básicas que utilizarán luego cuando deban arreglárselas por su cuenta.</p> </li> <li> <p><a href="/advice-editorial/teaching-teens-to-budget">Rapasen juntos los conceptos básicos para hacer un presupuesto</a>. Y para seguir practicando, encárgale a tu hijo la planificación del presupuesto mensual.</p> </li> <li> <p>Destaca ejemplos de la presencia de las matemáticas en el mundo real. Consulta nuestra serie de ejemplos en<a href="/that-s-math?lang=es" target="_blank"> ¡Eso es matemática!</a></p> </li> <li> <p>Si van en auto a dejar a su hijo en la universidad, haz que él se encargue de cargar el auto. Deberá emplear un pensamiento analítico para descifrar cómo hará para cargar todas sus cosas en el espacio limitado del baúl.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Consejos para Lengua</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>¡Alienta a tu hijo para que lea! "Para mejorar en la lectura hay que leer", dice Laurie Curtis, exprofesora adjunta de Kansas State University. Pueden leer lo que deseen, y leerán más rápido cuanto más practiquen.</p> </li> <li> <p>Lean el periódico. Pueden hacerlo juntos mientras desayunan o déjalo a mano para que tu hijo lo lea después. Durante la cena o en cualquier otro momento pueden conversar sobre las noticias que leyeron. Esto no solo será útil para la alfabetización, también garantizará que tus hijos sepan qué ocurren en el mundo.</p> </li> <li> <p>Remarca la diferencia entre las novelas que se leen por diversión y los libros de texto académicos. Curtis sugiere hacer énfasis en que no todas las lecturas deben abordarse de la misma manera. Por ejemplo, antes de leer un libro de texto se deben analizar los títulos, subtítulos y palabras resaltadas. Con una novela de ficción difícilmente se haga este trabajo.</p> </li> <li> <p>Puedes regalarle un diario para que tome notas y escriba sus reflexiones durante ese último verano antes de ir a la universidad. No solo es una excelente forma de practicar la autoexpresión por medio de la escritura, también será un hermoso recuerdo para el futuro. _insertContent=B85456D0-14C4-11E7-96810050569A4B6C_ Jocelyn A. Chadwick, la presidenta electa del Consejo Nacional de Profesores de Lengua, sugiere alentar a los hijos a reflexionar sobre sus sentimientos durante este período de transición. </p> </li> </ul>
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Guy in Library

Is My Teen Academically Prepared for College? How to Know

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“Everyone Gets a Trophy!” Still Relevant in the Age of Generation Z?

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Dad Son Homework

A New Kind of Parent-Child Bonding—Homework Help

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BODY <p>No one needs to tell parents that helping with homework today in no way resembles how they may have experienced it with their parents. That said, children <em>do </em>want your interest, your perspective, <em>and your help</em>, even high school students, who are my area of expertise. While high school students may <em>appear </em>initially disdainful or dismissive, they do respond, eventually. Actually, homework can provide an unexpected and even meaningful setting for sharing, exploring and learning together. So as parents, we must figure out <em>the how.</em></p> <p>As a teacher and a parent, I have found the following tips to be keenly helpful:</p> <p><strong><em>Make the time</em></strong>. Remember this special time focuses on your children and you spending time together. Refrain from reminding children how much of your time you are sacrificing or how grateful they should and must be. Also, avoid shifting focus to you or your past memories about homework or a particular subject.</p> <p>This commitment and focus are particularly effective and supportive for high school aged children but it’s important to begin this practice and commitment as early as pre-K. Sometimes adults assume that as our children mature, they do not require, nor do they want our intervention. Actually, older children long for the support; they simply loathe expressing or asking for it. Plus, the fact that parents <em>volunteer</em> on their own accord displays uncoerced, honest interest.</p> <p><strong><em>Make time inviolable. </em></strong><em>No matter your child’s age</em><strong>, </strong>establish your shared homework help time as sacrosanct.   Technology, like smartphones, tablets, computers, iChat, Skype, for example, enable constancy <em>and</em> consistency anywhere, anytime in the world, thereby enabling parents to participate and help, regardless of distance.</p> <p><strong><em>Be intrepid. </em></strong>Don't be afraid to offer help with homework, even if you are uncertain about the subject matter. Remember, help includes listening, asking questions, and simply showing interest.</p> <p>Children rarely expect parents to inquire <em>earnestly </em>about their homework beyond a few questions. Know which courses your children are studying and familiarize yourself with a few of the topics that they will be learning this year.  You can even prepare  a few questions ahead of time. Taking such time illustrates clear and active attention, often surprising your children. This kind of sharing can provide a fertile environment for parents to learn or hone their own research, computer and reading and critical thinking skills right along with their children.</p> <p><em>Practice listening. <strong>and </strong>appearing to listen:</em> your doing so will convince your child, especially those in high school, that you are not simply “going through the motions.” Signs that you are uninterested or not listening include;</p> <p style="padding-left: 90px;"><strong>- Sitting dutifully but not always attuned</strong><br /><strong>- Not providing uninterrupted time</strong><br /><strong>- Multitasking on your own work</strong><br /><strong>- Email, texting, calls, etc.</strong></p> <p>In contrast, parents’ asking their children questions, using sentences, such as, “I didn’t know that”; “Well, I have certainly learned something, working with you”; “This has been fun”; “I’m really glad we are doing this; I am learning a few things, too” will go a long way in the relationship that is growing.</p> <p><strong><em>Sustain and maintain. </em></strong>Establish your homework help time during the summer and remain consistent throughout the year. If there is no homework, your listening, showing interest, even asking questions about classes, different assignments, and assigned readings will further illustrate to your children (K-12) your earnest interest and commitment.</p> <p><strong><em>Exercise curiosity, not one-correctness. </em></strong>You don't have to have <em>the </em>correct answer. Students, even high school students, will be appreciative just because you are there--listening, collaborating, being curious, and learning together.</p> <p>Finally, don't forget, you are here to help, not change or mold your child’s assignment, comment on the teacher, comment on the politics of education, or even the assignment. You are here to help your child with homework. Parents who have questions about an assignment, or even parents who want to seek teachers’ input about homework help should always feel confident to email or call their child’s teacher. In so many ways, when parents take this kind of initiative with their children <em>and </em>teacher(s), they are actually creating and stimulating a kind of <em>learning community</em> of their own, a community without stress or a targeted issue. One immediate benefit of this kind of approach emerges with <em>parents themselves establishing</em> a <em>proactive learning environment</em>, one that blends both home and school.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Dr. <a href="http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=7F360C40-220B-11E3-A4E40050569A5318" target="_blank">Jocelyn Chadwick</a> has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, scholar, and author. She currently lectures occasionally at the <a href="http://www.gse.harvard.edu/" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Education</a> and is a consultant for school districts around the country, assisting English departments with curricula to reflect diversity. Working both nationally and abroad, Chadwick has authored many notable publications, including <a href="http://www.jstor.org/stable/2901197?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents" target="_blank">The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</a>, </em><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Common-Core-Paradigmatic-Jocelyn-Chadwick/dp/1443872636" target="_blank">Common Core/Paradigmatic Shifts</a></em> and <em><a href="http://www.heinemann.com/blog/a-closer-look-teachingcontext/" target="_blank">Teaching Literature in the Context of Literacy Instruction</a>.</em></p>
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