The LaDaRT-PupEEEs: A Fine-tuned 5-minute ‘Antidote’ To Counteract the Deterioration of English Language Arts and To Offer Next Generation Elementary Science Educators a Template To Introduce Evolutionary Biology in an Exciting Way

By Helen Amoriggi.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The Quebec Education Program (QEP) mandatory reform concentrates on two critical areas: the teaching of Evolution and English Language Arts (ELA). The emphasis is particularly aimed at the teaching of elementary evolutionary biology and correcting the growing deterioration of ELA. In Quebec, almost half the potential Elementary Science Teacher candidates entering English Universities are from multi-lingual, multi-cultural backgrounds. Many lack the basic English Language Arts skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). This situation exacerbates the difficulty in dealing (professionally) with the vast amounts of information and eInformation overload. Despite their mastery of the latest Hi-Tech, high-speed, electronic gadgetry, the preponderance of these “rush – rush environment”, future-educators readily confess to being slow readers and writers. This phenomenon is not exclusive to Quebec. Through conducting my on-going, longitudinal eSpeedReading Productivity© Research Study and in networking with colleagues at international conferences, the same story is repeatedly told: Diminishing English Language Arts are becoming ubiquitous. The purpose of this paper is twofold: how to teach information-based text (Elementary Evolutionary Biology) and how to ameliorate all four ELA skills through a comprehensive solution called: LaDaRT-PupEEEs.

Keywords: Evolutionary Biology, Preparing Elementary Science Educators, Expository Text, LaDaRT-PupEEEs Template, Readers’ Theatre, Script-writing, Original versus Adapted Scripts, ePlagiarism, MEQ Reform Competencies

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 9, 2013 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 468.685KB)).

Dr. Helen Amoriggi

Associate Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Amoriggi, Ed.D. (Storytelling), M.A. (Reading), B.Sc. (Bus. Admin), has designed and taught an award winning Graduate course in Manuscript, Monograph, Proposal and Thesis Preparation. Dr. Amoriggi is the founding Editor of The International Mind, Brain and Education Society’s Newsletter (The.MBE.PONS); has contributed to the initial MEQ Educational Reform Committee; and has served on the Editorial Board of the MJE. Helen is a SSHRC Grant Reviewer as well as Editor of The Wives’ Tales – Looking Back How War Changed Our Lives (now in its 4th reprinting). She is developing a Template for numerous Pro-Deanships (re doctoral dissertation writing excellence); has served as a Judge in International Spelling Bees and on Computer Graphics Competitions; and is an active member of NCSE. Dr. Amoriggi has presented scholarly papers at several inter-continental conferences (EDGE, ECHA, Ubiquitous Learning, IRA and N4A) and PI of a longitudinal international reading research study on eSpeedReading Productivity.