Biography

Nancy McGregor joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the fall of 2000; she serves as a lecturer in the Language and Literacy Division. Her instructional focus is to prepare elementary education students to teach in an increasingly diverse society. Her interests include exploring the nature of children's engagement with and response to mainstream and multicultural literature.

Research & Service

I am interested in qualitative research, especially in the individual's subjective experience with a particular phenomenon and the social and cultural background in which it exists and is experienced by the individual. I want to understand subjectively how that phenomenon is related to the child's larger self and how it is objectively related to the social and structural structure of the child's world.

Teaching

The role of a lecturer is unique in that the primary responsibility is to teach. I love to teach. It’s exciting to introduce students to new ideas and watch them grow as they engage with one another in meaningful dialogue. Because I love what I do, it is important to me to model that enjoyment and commitment to my students so they, in turn, will love what they do and find the rewards amid the challenges. I aim to prepare my students to teach our increasingly culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in such a way as to ensure the success of mainstream and nonmainstream children alike. I want my students to welcome and value academic as well as cultural diversity and create a classroom climate where all children feel accepted and able to learn. To meet the needs of 21st century students, teachers need 21st century tools; they must be media literate, technologically literate, and literate in equity issues. I incorporate all of these in my classes

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Courses

Thry Prac in Elem Schl Tch I Course examines teaching in the elementary grades. Students will focus on a number of related topics, including classroom management, instructional design, personal and professional attributes of effective teachers, and multicultural perspectives. Coursework is integrated with field assignments in public elementary schools. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Thry Prac in Elem Schl Tchg II Course continues the examination of teaching in the elementary grades, begun in CI 405 and CI 406. In addition to continuing the study of some topics introduced in the previous courses, students will focus on the following topics as they complete student teaching: designing instruction for classes including special needs students, managing technology in the classroom, and working with parents. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Lang Literacy in EC Educ I Basic principles, techniques, and materials for the emergent literacy in infancy through preschool. Emphasizes linguistic and cultural factors in culturally diverse settings. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth Examines literature written for children and youth and the uses of literature in the school curriculum. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both CI 467 and LIS 403.

Princ Prac Foster Indep Rdg Emphasizes reading comprehension and reading to learn in content fields in grades K-8. Includes focus on teaching reading to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including dialect speakers and English learners. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

Teach Elem Rdg & Lang Arts I First of a two-course sequence that examines the basic theories, issues, methods, and materials for a developmental 1-6 language arts program. Emphasizes the need to integrate the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as tools for learning across the curriculum. Addresses cultural diversity in language arts instruction, with emphasis on linguistic diversity. 3 or 4 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours.

Teach Elem & Mid Lang Arts Second of a two-course sequence that examines the basic theories, issues, methods, and materials for a developmental K-8 language arts program. It continues to emphasize the need to integrate the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as tools for learning across the curriculum. This second course, however, places a relatively greater emphasis on writing than on reading, speaking, and listening. Continues to address cultural diversity in language arts instruction, with emphasis on linguistic diversity. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Child Lit in the School Curr Investigates trends and issues related to teaching literature in the school; focuses attention upon the organization and planning of a balanced literature curriculum (fictional and informational). 4 graduate hours. No professional credit.

Nancy MacGregor

Lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction

Contact

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395 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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