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Margaret Thomson
Margaret Thomson

Margaret S. Thomson, M.S. Ed.

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction


Campus Contact Information
Baylor University
School of Education
One Bear Place #97314
Waco, TX 76798-7314
Office: Marrs McLean Science Building 221
Phone: 710-6135
Fax: 710-3160
Email: Margaret_Thomson@baylor.edu

Credentials
B.A. Education, 1973, Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University
M.A. Education, 1977, Reading Specialization, University of Houston

Philosophy
A poem can change a child,
A child can change the world.
-Kalli Dakos

Publications

National Conference Presentations

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: So How Can We Support Students as They Read, Research and Write Using Nonfiction?" with Linda Cox, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, San Antonio, Texas, January 2013.

Informational Literacy: Empowering ALL K-4 Students to Read, Research, and Report" English in Texas, Fall/Winter 2012

Vukelich, C., Christie, J. and Enz, B. (2012) Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth through Kindergarten, textbook review, Pearson, May 2013.

"Teaching Children to Think Like Readers and Writers:Intentional Early Literacy Instruction," chapter review, Sage Publications, May 2009

"Teaching Emerging and Early Readers and Writers: A Critical and Reflective Approach," chapter review, Sage Publications, February, 2009.

"Getting to "Got It!" with Informational Text" with Linda Cox, International Reading Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 2012.

"Reading, Research and Reporting: 3R's for Informational Texts" with Linda Cox, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, San Antonio, Texas, January 2012.

"Informational Literacy: Empowering ALL Students to Read, Research and Report" with Linda Cox, Texas Association for Literacy Education, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2012

Supporting Preservice Teachers as They Teach Comprehension Strategies" Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, Texas, February 2012.

"Vocabulary Collections: Building a Deeper Understanding of the Vocabulary of Literacy" with Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, Texas, February 2012.

"Empowering Preservice Teachers in the Age of Informational Literacy" with Linda Cox, Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, Texas, February 2012.

"Powerful Strategies to Engage ALL Children in Informational Text" with Linda Cox, International Reading Association, Orlando, Florida, May 2011.

"Revisiting Reading, Researching and Reporting: Equipping Preservice Teachers to Utilize Nonfiction" with Linda Cox, Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, Florida, February 2011.

"Envisioning the Masterful Teacher: Locus of Control and Teacher Dispositions" with Linda Cox, Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, Florida, February 2011.

"Differentiation Through Assistive Technology: A General Ed./Special Ed. Inclusion Collaboration" with Pat Arredondo, Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, Florida, February 2011.

"The Bluebonnet Project: Using Teleconferencing and Online Book Discussions to Link Characters, Candidates and Children" with Roxanne Glaser, ESC Region XII Media Specialist, Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois, February 2010.

"Meaningful Realignment of Literacy-Related Course Content and Products in a Field-Based Program" with Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Sheila Gloer, and Linda Cox. Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois, February 2010.

"What Elementary Interns Need to Know When Teaching Science or Social Studies and What Happens
When They Do: Collaboration Among University Supervisors and Faculty, Interns, and Mentor Teachers" (with Linda Cox) Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois, February 2010.

"Connecting the Dots: Meaningful Realignment of Literacy-Related Course Content and Products in a Field-Based Program" with Linda Cox, Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, and Sheila Gloer, Organization for Teacher Educators in Reading (OTER) section, International Reading Association, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2010.

"What Went Wrong? I Taught It But They Didn't Get It!' Scaffolding Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas" with Mrs. Linda Cox, Organization for Teacher Educators in Reading (OTER) section, International Reading Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 3-7, 2009.

"Reading to Learn While Learning to Read" with Mrs. Linda Cox, Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, Texas February 16, 2009

"Utilizing Constructivist Principles to Improve Preservice Candidates' Knowledge and Performance" with Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, Texas February 17, 2009

"Resurrecting and Adapting Content Area Comprehension Strategies for Diverse Learners: Beyond the Basics" with Mrs. Linda Cox, Association of Teacher Educators, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25, 2008.

"Using Wordless Picture Books in the Multilingual Classroom: Developing Oral Language Skills in Prekindergarten-Grade 5" with Dr. Pat Tipton Sharp and Ms. Betty Ruth Baker, Association for Childhood Education, Atlanta, Georgia, March 24, 2008.

"Practicing What We Preach: Utilizing Constructivist Principles to Improve Preservice Candid
ates' Knowledge and Performance," with Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Organization for Teacher Educators in Reading (OTER) section, International Reading Association, Atlanta, Georgia, May 4, 2008.

"So When is It REALLY Teaching? The Significance of Real World Classroom Experience for Pre-service Literacy Teachers" Presented with Mrs. Linda Cox, National Council of Teachers of English, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 19, 2004.

"Differentiation: From Knowledge to Practice" Presented with Dr. Mary Witte, Dr. Susan K. Johnsen, Dr Pat Tipton Sharp, National Association for Gifted Children, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 5, 2004

"Look! Look! See Them Read! Look! Look! See Them Teach!" Presented with Mrs. Linda Cox, National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 21, 2002.

Courses Taught
TED 3335: Literacy Instruction in Middle Grades

TED 3325: Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School

TED 3301: Early Literacy Learning

Other
Collaborative Projects
The Bluebonnet Project, a month-long book club project linking Baylor SOE students with classes throughout the Region XII area using online discussions and videoconferencing. Collaboration with Roxanne Glaser and Region XII Service Center. Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009

Baylor Annual TAIR (Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading) Conference Coordinator