John O'Connor

John O'Connor

Adjunct Lecturer , Master of Science in Education


John S. O'Connor currently teaches at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He has taught for 25 years in a wide variety of settings, including the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Pennsylvania State University, urban public and parochial schools, an adult literacy center, and a maximum security prison. O'Connor has written two books on teaching (This Time It's Personal, NCTE, 2011; and Wordplaygrounds, NCTE, 2004), and was named a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction in 2007. 



Year Degree Institution
AB, Philosophy/English University of Chicago
MAT, English University of Chicago
PhD, English University of Illinois at Chicago



MS_ED 422

Content Area Reading and Writing This course is designed to help middle school and high school teachers develop an understanding of specific strategies that readers must use to achieve deep comprehension of content material. We will explore cognitive foundations of reading comprehension and their influence on methods of instruction and assessment, as well as the interrelationships among reading processes and language learning. Theory and practice relationships will be explored as students experience and learn about: text structure, use of background knowledge, comprehension connections, inferencing, strategies for active engagement, socio-cultural influences on reading, reading/writing relationships, text sets, and assessment of content reading. As a methods course, we will also discuss the elements of good teaching, the theory and history of teaching, curriculum design, instructional methods, and the developmental needs of adolescents.

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