Rebecca Giles
Office Hours

UCOM 3110
Office hours
by appointment
Ph: (251) 380-2899
Fax: (251) 380-2758
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Rebecca Giles
Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
Early Childhood, Emerging Literacy, Writing, Visual Arts

Education
B.S., Elementary Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, 1989
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
Ph.D., Education, University of Southern Mississippi, 1996
Teaching Philosophy
The past twenty years in higher education has confirmed the belief first instilled as a novice early childhood classroom teacher long ago, that teaching is a challenging and demanding profession requiring tremendous dedication on the teacher’s part in order to be done well. Successfully engaging students in meaningful learning opportunities that incorporate the present standards, reflect the most current research, and model the latest techniques requires thorough planning, advanced preparation, flexibility in delivery, and thoughtful reflection resulting in future modifications. My philosophy of learning is best summarized by Frederick Froebel, the “Father of Kindergarten,” in his 1897 publication The Education of Man “[T]o learn a thing in life and through doing is much more developing, cultivating, and strengthening, than to learn it merely through verbal communication of ideas.” As a result, I attempt to initiate stimulating dialogue and lively discussion related to course topics, incorporate cooperative learning into my lessons, and force students to use available resources, from Internet sites to personal experiences, as they search for possible solutions to complex issues.
Research 
Early Childhood, Emerging Literacy, Writing, Visual Arts
Outreach
I view both professional and community service as valuable components of my position and unique learning experiences. Interaction among colleagues is essential for professional growth and a noteworthy byproduct of professional service. As a member of several regional and national organizations, I have had countless opportunities to learn through the exchange of ideas and information with my counterparts across the country. My ultimate goal in fulfilling my service responsibilities is to increase my own personal understanding and awareness of my chosen profession while giving of my time and skills in order to promote it as a worthy, life-long endeavor.
Biography
Dr. Giles coordinates teacher certification programs at the undergraduate ( K-6 Education) and graduate (Elementary and Early Childhood Education) levels, as well as the B.S. in Early Childhood Studies program. She has spoken and published widely on early literacy and is co-author of Write Now! Publishing with Young Authors, PreK - Grade 2 (Heinemann, 2007).

She has over 25 years teaching experience ranging from pre-kindergarten through higher education which includes 2 years employment with Department of Defense Dependent Schools as a first grade teacher at Fulda American School in Fulda, Germany.

 

Courses

EDU - 498 P-3 Internship/Field Experience

EEC - 346 The Early Childhood Program (Birth-8) - W

EEC 348 - Language Development in Early Childhood – W

EEC - 490 Special Topic

EEC - 496 Internship

EEC - 499 Senior Honors Project

EEC - 590 Special Topic

EEC - 595 Internship