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EDU 105 Career Inquiry in Education
Maus, William A.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EDU 105 Career Inquiry in Education

Semester

FA 2006 HOA

Faculty

Maus, William A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ed. Spec., Secondary Education
M.A. Ed., Sec. Admin., Middle School
B.A., Mathematics

Office Location

Copley Hall, Rm 211

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816-584-6335, leave messages with Mrs. Debra Allegro

E-Mail

wmaus@park.edu

mr.maus@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

August 21 - December 15

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

8:00 - 9:50 AM

Prerequisites

None, required for certification

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Ryan, K. and Cooper, J. (2004) Those Who Can, Teach

10th Edition, Boston:Houghton Mifflin Co.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://www.dese.mo.gov/
http://www.teachers.net/

Course Description:
Students will visit a variety of schools, ranging from preschool to high school, including both public and private. Students will be expected to react both orally and in writing to these observations as well as to issues involved in choosing teaching as a career. Frameworks, standards and portfolios will be introduced. 2:1:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's philosophy is one of active learning based on class activities, discussions, assignments and on-site classroom visits to assist your career search. Students will be expected to discuss orally and in writing their reactions to the readings and visits made to school sites.  Students will analyze and reflect through journaling and essays of those experiences as they relate to becoming a teacher.  The course will focus on some initial questions about: the history of teaching, the process of teaching, and teaching as a profession.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. experience the classroom at various levels and contexts. (MoSTEP 1.2.3, 1.2.9; K1,4,8,9: S 8,9,16; D 1-10,14,16,20,21,23)
  2. reflect and write on the professional preparation and responsibilities of teachers. (MoSTEP 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.2.8, 1.2.9, 1.2.10; K 1-11; S 8,9,10,11,16,17,18; D 16,17,19,20,21)
  3. write journals, essays and various other critiques that include their professional interpretation of the School of Education Frameworks, current trends in education, and their on-site observations. (MoSTEP 1.2.9,; K 6,8,10; D 16,17,19,20,21)
  4. read the text chapters and utilize them in class discussion, chapter summaries, journals, and observation reports. (MoSTEP 1.1.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.7, 1.2.10)
  5. discuss and prepare initial portfolio documents (MoSTEP 1.1, 1.2.9)


Core Assessment:


  • Chapter readings are usedin mid-term


  • Class short writes

  • Students write on different in teacher preparation for knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

  • make judgments in writing on the effectiveness of the teaching they observe andwhat they plan to achieve as teacher  in oral discussion and writing.

  • Position paper acts as a final.

  •  write reactions to twelve readings

  •  locate outside sources of general information about the career of teaching for journaling andsharing with the class.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Six Classroom Observations & Observation Reports: The observations are intended to give the student an overview of the education system.  Depending upon the interest of the student (Early Education, Elementary or Secondary), the visits are to be divided into two per level: two elementary, two middle school, and two high school/early education.  also, students should select a variety of school districts to visit: urban, rural, and suburban; public and private.  Three of these observations are scheduled as class meetings - see syllabus.  The remaining three are to be scheduled by the student are are not to interfere with class dates.  There will be a written report form signed by the observed teacher and a typed report for each observation.  Also included is a final reflective essay.

Autobiography: Each student will write an autobiography to fulfill one requirement for admission to the School for Education.  The final copy is no more than two pages typed in 12 pt. font.  A rubric will be attached to the informational handout.

Five Chapter Summaries: Although the entire text will be read and discussed, a written summary of five chapters are assigned in the syllabus schedule.  The summary will include chapter themes, new terminology and points that will assist one in becoming a more effective educator.

Critiques/Journals: Critiques and journals will be in-class activities based upon readings, experiences and discussions.  These critiques will demonstrate a short review of ideas, including agreement or disagreements with those ideas, clarifying points and reflection for their part in the profession.  these in-class assignments will not be made up if a student is absent as they are a attendance/participation grade.

Attendance & Class Participation: In preparation for a career as a educator, it is assumed that attendance at all classes is mandatory.  Attendance is reflected in he Park University Frameworks, (D: 5, 6, 10, 20, and 21)

Midterm: The midterm is a take home essay/reflection which is based on the Frameworks, and Dispositions of the School for Education, the readings, and class discussions.

Final: The Final addresses Standard 1.1 of the Education Portfolio.

Grading:

Classroom Observations - 6 Classroom Observations with report, each 30 points = 180 points (see Core Assessment Rubric), Final Observation Essay, 20 points = 200 Points Total.

Autobiography - 100 points

Chapter Reviews (5) - Each 10 pints = 50 points

Journals/In-Class Activities = 10 points each

Midterm = 80 points

Final = 120 points

The Grading Plan is the traditional 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C.  Grades below a B are not acceptable in the profession.  See the rubric and previous paragraphs for assessment/grading specifics.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The syllabus dates may upon class discussion be altered if there is a problem not foreseen when it was written.  The observation reports, chapter summaries, autobiography, and midterm are due as scheduled.  As all assignments are due on the scheduled class date, any work handed in after class on the date due will be considered late and drop 20% each week past due.  Late work should be left in the instructor's mailbox in the education office, room 309 Copley Hall.

In class writing and activities are considered participation grades and cannot be made up if absent.

All work must be in the instructor's possession by the end of the assigned final's session on 12/11/06.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Careeer Inquiry into Education will often hold discussions that require students to be civil to each other when viewpoints differ. 

As a professional certification class, students should conduct themselves as such and dress appropriately, even if casual. PROFFESSIONAL ATTIRE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SITE VISITS & CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS.

Students need to turn off all electronic devices and are not permitted to text message or leave class for phone conversations.  Students are expected to arrive to class on time and participate in class activiites.

Students are expected to complete all assignments on the computer.  Thus, students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of work and print copies as back-up.  DO NOT expect your instructor to accept assignments on email or to print your assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING DATES

COURSE TOPICS

CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
& DUE DATES

Monday, 8/21/06
Class at Park

"Who are you?" and "Why teach?"
Introductions & Syllabus explanation

Read ch. 15 & 13,
Write one chapter review; Journal: What are your motives for teaching?-BOTH DUE 8/28

Monday, 8/28/06
Class at Park

"What can a new teacher expect?"
Discuss classroom observations & autobiography assignment

Read chpt. 1 & 2, Journal: What is the most important factor in the classroom? Journal DUE 9/11.
Write autobiography-Rough Draft DUE 9/11

Monday, 9/4/06
NO CLASS

Labor Day Holiday

Work on your autobiography-DUE9/11/06. Excellent opportunity to schedule one of your independent Classroom Observations during this week.

Monday, 9/11/06
Class at Park

What is a school and Who are the Students?
Share Autobiographies

Read ch. 3 & 4, Write one chapter review; Journal: How much responsibility should schools assume for educating children about social problems?- BOTH DUE 9/18/06

Monday, 9/18/06
Class at Park

What is Taught?
Missouri Standards & Park Frameworks

Rewrite autobiography-final copy DUE 10/9/06
DESE Search: Find the role of Standards & curriculum guides; Journal: How would you improve the curriculum of the public schools?
DUE 10/9/06

Monday, 9/25/06
ON-SITE OBSERVATION

Meet at 8:50 AM at Northland Early Education Center OR Park Hill High School

Write Observation Report #1-DUE 10/9/06

Monday, 10/2/06
ON-SITE OBSERVATION

Meet at 8:00 at Garcia Elementary School (K-5)

Write Observation Report #2-DUE 10/9/06

Monday, 10/9/06
Class at Park

What is your role as an educator?
Social problems & Issues in the Classroom
Final Copy autobiogrpahy due
Midterm assigned

Schedule 3 remaining observations-contact list DUE 10/23/06
Write Midterm Essays- DUE 10/23/06

Monday, 10/16/06
NO CLASS

FALL BREAK

Monday, 10/23/06
Class at Park

What Makes a Teacher Effective?
Discuss scheduled observations
Collect & discuss midterms

Read ch. 5 & 6, Write one chapter review; Journal: As an effective teacher, what will be three of your goals? -BOTH DUE 11/6/06

Monday, 10/30/06
ON-SITE OBSERVATION

Meet at St.Andrews OR St. Pius

Write Observation Report #3-DUE 11/6/06
Read Ch. 7, Journal: What "everyday ethics" will you practice in your classroom? DUE 11/6/06

Monday, 11/6/06
Class at Park

What are the Legal & Ethical Issues in Teaching?
What's Your Philosophy?

Read ch. 8 & 9, Describe Your Philosophy as a chapter review DUE 11/13/06;
Observation Report #4 DUE 11/13/06

Monday, 11/13/06
Class at Park

Where are we headed? School Reform

Read Ch. 10 & 11, What does NCLB mean to you?Observation report #5 & #6 DUE 11/20/06

Monday, 11/20/06
Class at Park

Where to teach? DESE, Licensure & Certification

Read ch. 12 & 13, Review one chapter; Journal: What are the most important characteristics of an effective teacher? BOTH DUE 11/27/06

Monday, 11/27/06
Class at Park

Preparing the Portfolio-Writing the rough draft for Standard 1.1

Complete rough draft of 1.1; Write final observation essay-DUE with Observation Notebook 12/4/06.

Monday, 12/4/06
Class at Park

Share Observation Essays, Review rough draft of 1.1 for Final

PREPARE FOR FINAL on 12/11/06

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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EDU_105Core_Assessment_Rubric_2006_2007.doc

EDU_105Core_Assessments.doc

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1,2,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Report includes assessment of the teacher's check for understanding, student time on task, and the school's promotion of student achievement Report reflects assessment of effective instruction and notes student engagement in lesson Report is a personal statement assessing the students' or teacher's involvement in the lesson No evaluation of class experience-See instructor for rewrite. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Accesses DESE to include five contextual factors re.: community, school socio-economic status, student skills & characteristics, instructional planning & assessment results, or achievement Includes 3 contextual factors based on discussion with staff &/or observation (student skills & characteristics, prior learning, instructional & assessment planning, community/school socioeconomic status) Includes two contextual factors in observation report (student skills & characteristics, prior learning, instructional & assessment planning, community/school socioeconomic status) Contextual factors are not discussed or are explained inadequately.
See instructor.
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Describes school and classroom climate/culture as related to course text, Ch. 1 Observes hallways, classroom d├ęcor, class structure, and adult-student interaction to describe climate Climate described as school or classroom only Classroom or school climate are not described. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Identifies type of management  observed (text Ch. 5), describing classroom interaction, discipline & instruction Reflects on students' time on task, teacher directed activities & independent student work States classroom activity and reflects on its purpose or student engagement Classroom activity not clearly identified or explained 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Observes and reports on more than the 6 assigned classrooms. All are typed and submitted on time.
Notebook contains the original observations and corrected versions.
 
Completes the required 6 observations and typed reports at the appropriate levels/districts as scheduled.
A notebook is submitted with reports organized in a sequential manner.
 
Observation reports are completed, but are not varied in grade level or location as assigned. Reports are contained in a folder. Observations and reports incomplete

 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Reports discuss all components and are written in professional style with correct
grammar, spelling and punctuation.
 
Reports reflect professional style and logical organization with varied sentence structure. Few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. No slang. Report contains the required items, but errors distract from the content. Slang, lack of transitions or organization Report does not contain the required items and errors distract from the content. Slang, lack of transitions and organization 
First Literacy Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Outcomes
1.2.9.1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Applies problem-solving strategies to independently contact school personnel, schedules and fulfills commitment to observe in required settings on time. Applies problem-solving strategies to independently contact most schools; schedules and fulfills commitment to observe in required settings in a timely manner. Requires instructor's assistance to obtain most school contacts, does not attend observation as scheduled, or fails to visit a variety of levels/school districts. All classroom observations are not completed, or all are within one district. 
Second Literacy Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
1.2.9.3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Practices professional ethical standards by dressing professionally for all school observations, and writing thank you notes to host  teachers/schools. Practices professional ethical standards by dressing professionally for all school observations. Writes  thank you notes or calls to thank most host  teachers/schools. Dresses casually for some school visitations.
Verbally thanks host school/teacher.

 
Dresses unprofessionally.

 

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