Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EDSS 511 Syllabus Quiz

1. When do we meet & where?
            Mondays from 10 am to 6:45 pm; University Hall 343

2. When are office hours?
            Wednesday 4-5 pm and by appointment

3. What is the attendance policy?
    • If more than 3 hours is missed, a C+ is the highest grade I can receive (lowest allowable grade for the credential program)
    • Three (3) points will be deducted for each hour absence or portion of an hour absence; this includes tardiness and early departures.
    • No credit for the intermediate assessment for that day’s work.

4. What are options to make up a three-hour absence?
Make-up assignment must be negotiated with instructor. Due within 1 week of absence.

5. What are the text books/readings?
·         “Rethinking Schools” Magazine
(3-year subscription)

·         Readings from the following texts (provided on Cougar Courses on-line):
·         Baldwin, M., Keating, J. & Bachman, K. (2005). Teaching in secondary schools: Meeting the challenges of today’s adolescents. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130422231.

·         Bigelow, Bill, et. al., Eds. (2007). Rethinking our classrooms, Volume 1 (2nd ed.).  Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.  ISBN: 978 0 942961 35 5.

·         Charles, Carol. M. (2004). Building Classroom Discipline, (10th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN: 9780137034055

·         Choate, J.S.  (2004). Successful inclusive teaching (4th Ed.).  Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.  ISBN: 0205388477.

·         Wiggins, Grant & McTighe, Jay (2005). Understanding By Design (2nd ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978 1 4166 0035 0.

6. What is the electronic communication protocol?
            Electronic communication is part of my professional career. E-mail is the easiest way to reach the professor. Be sure to compose professional, well-written messages free of slang and typo.

7. What are the assignments?
  • Reading Response  & Blog Posts (weekly)       
            Compose reflective essays based on readings. Publish blog posts of essays. Come to class prepared to discuss.                       
  • Cooperating Teacher Interview (week 1)                                      
  • Weekly Lesson Designs (weekly)
            Provide copy of lesson plans to cooperating teacher every Friday and a copy to class every Monday for the week.                                                         
  • Classroom Management Plan (week 5 & 6)
Write a comprehensive essay on my plan and thoughts for classroom management. Include my educational philosophy and different management approaches. Include citations.                                    
  • Unit Calendar & Assessment Plan
Bring a draft of the calendar to session 6.                                     
  • Unit Plan (week 6)
            Design a plan that includes the comprehensive nature of curriculum design, including differentiation strategies, subject content, and rationale.                    
  • Instructional Strategies (present on last day of class)
            Create 10-20 instructional strategies for biology.                                              
  • Student Success Team (due week 14)
            Participate in team meetings and write a reflective essay about what I learned.                                        
  • Dispositions Self-Assessment & Reflection (due week 5 & 14)
Based upon feedback, I will compose a reflection of my dispositions in social justice, collaboration, critical thinking, ethics, reflective teaching, and life-long learning.

Bonus: The syllabus is a contract between me and you (candidate/instructor), whether I read it or not. (T or F)

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