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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDE 359 Elementary Teaching Strategies
FA 2007 HO
Ed. Specialist in ReadingCertification in Elem. Educ. K-6, Reading K-12, Lang. Arts 6-9
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00 – 11:00 A.M., Tues and Thurs.1:00 – 4:30 P.M.
Aug. 30 - Dec. 14, 2007
1:00 - 3:40 PM
Admission to School for Education
Farris, Pamela J. Elementary and Middle School Social Studies: An Interdisciplinary Instructional Approach (3rd ed.).
Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Eggen, Paul D. and Kauchak, Donald P. Strategies and Models for Teachers: Teaching Content and Thinking Skills.
(5th ed.). Boston: Pearson, 2006.
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Study Guide,Practice and Review. Princeton, NJ:
Educational Testing Service, 2000.
Journal articles and other handouts will be included as readings and assignments. Often the journal articles and other handouts are of recent publication so they are not listed in the syllabi, but will be provided through the library or reproduction. These handouts should become a part of your resource file/notebook for this class.
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The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactive instruction based on lectures, quizzes, dialogues, internet, videos, presentations, writing, and other learning strategies as appropriate. This course presents the basics of teaching in elementary schools, and provides pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect upon and apply those basics. Reflective inquiry is a key element of the course. Its purpose is to facilitate the pre-service teacher’s development of critical reflection skills, the building of an individual but theory-based philosophy of elementary school teaching, and the beginnings of a dynamic repertoire of teaching strategies that complement the pre-service teacher’s individual philosophy and style in the effort to meet the individual needs of elementary school students.
This is a “block” course; “general methods” of elementary teaching are combined with specific strategies for teaching in elementary subject areas, with special emphasis placed upon social studies. Emphasis is placed upon interdisciplinary connections and integrated, authentic instruction.
The instructor has the following expectations of the enrollees in ED359A: 1) they are advanced, serious students with a declared commitment to elementary education, 2) they have completed all requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, 3) they are skilled in oral and written communication. There is extensive research and writing in this course; homework time needs to be scheduled accordingly. Finally, there is a good deal of cooperative peer work in this course. Effective peer interactions are important for teachers and are a major goal of the course.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment: Social Studies Unit
Assessment: Reflective/Resource Journal, Crisis Management/ Case Study Notebook, Social Studies Unit
Assessment: Reflective/Resource Journal, Portfolio, Crisis Management/Case Study Notebook, Tests
Assessment: Reflective/Resource, Tests, Journal, Portfolio, test, and Social Studies unit
Assessment: Social Studies unit and lesson plans
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Artifact/Portfolio Notebook
Each teacher candidate will submit a final portfolio at the end of the semester. The portfolio demonstrates the teacher candidate’s growth throughout the semester. It includes a detailed instructional unit and various other artifacts, both from class work and work at the practicum site. Most of the artifacts in this portfolio will later be incorporated into the departmental portfolio required at the completion of directed teaching experience. See the attachments, “Portfolio Checklist” and the “Portfolio Rubric” for more details on what is included in the portfolio and how it will be assessed. Detailed instructions will be given for each portfolio element during the course of the semester.
2. Tests over Farris text chapters
Reading and comprehending the ideas in the Farris text is important, and tests over the material ensure individual accountability for the important ideas found there. There will be four (4) tests, each covering four chapters of the text. Test items will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and constructed response (sometimes known as “essay”) items. There will be designated points for each item and the four grades will be recorded as percentages, and then averaged. Dates for the tests are given in the section, “Tentative Schedule”.
1. Case Studies
The teacher candidates will be presented with case studies and will be responsible for completing a case study. The instructor will model a framework for working with case studies. Then, teacher candidates will be given a case study each week for group discussions. During the discussions, the class will need to use this information to compile a Case Study Notebook. After the class discussion, the instructor will usually have a reaction prompt (or a choice of prompts) for you to do a “quick-write”. If a teacher candidate is absent from a session, she/he must still write out notes and reaction just as if she/he was present, and turn that in the following Monday. That way the student can still get the benefit of the ideas in the case study, though not the benefit of peer and instructor ideas. The notebook will be collected near the end of the semester.
4. “Process” Drafts of unit
There are a number of assignments listed in the tentative course schedule. Most of these assignments are components of a thematic instructional unit that will become a major piece of your portfolio. The assignments are “process drafts”; they will receive extensive instructor input and suggestions. Students are expected to revise and develop these drafts as their thematic unit takes shape, polishing them and using ideas from instructor comments to make the final product as good as it can be. These drafts themselves will not receive letter grades, but progress reports will be noted as follows:
4: Draft is of high quality with no real need to revise
3: Draft is of high quality with only minor fine-tuning needed.
2: Draft is of minimally satisfactory quality but needs some changes
1: Draft is on the right track, but substantial revisions and/or development
0: Draft is not acceptable. Students receiving this assessment should meet
with the instructor to negotiate a resubmission date with the instructor
and discuss the problems in the draft. Drafts should be resubmitted
as many times as needed to achieve the desired quality.
It is important that drafts be submitted on time so that prompt feedback will be possible. Teacher candidates will receive a point for each draft turned in on schedule. Points will be deducted for late drafts. The total for the various drafts will be amassed for the final grade computation.
5. Core Assessment: Social Studies Unit All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Department Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assignment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is a Social Studies Unit. The following is a brief explanation of the assignment.
A complete unit incorporating the elements and strategies defined in class will be submitted on the date listed in the tentative schedule. This unit must be very detailed and meet the standards of the scoring guide. A scoring rubric will be given early in the semester that will define the requirements of the final product. The integrated unit with an essential question must include at least 10 lesson plans. Formative and/or cumulative evaluative procedures must be included. A title page, Contextual Factors, Essential Question, Unit Rational, Outline, an interdisciplinary map, linkage to National Social Studies Standards and Missouri Standards, Unit Outcomes, Initiation Activity/lesson, Design for Instruction, 10 lesson plans, Assessment Plan, and bibliography are also required elements in this unit. (Assesses course objectives 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6)
6. Resource/Study Notebook
Each teacher candidate will devise and maintain an organized plan of materials and notes for use as reference material for the Praxis test and for his/her future classroom. This activity will be submitted once during the semester to allow the instructor to examine the organizational plan and again at the end of the semester to access its completion.
Attendance at each class is important! Points are earned for each class attended. Adjustment for any “excused” absences will be made at the end of the semester for record keeping purposes.
8. Final Exam
Teacher candidates will be asked to write a lesson plan on a topic given by the instructor.
Attendance 10% 100 pts.
Social Studies Unit 50% 500 pts
Case Study 5% 50 pts Reflective/Resource Notebook 5% 50 pts
Lesson Plans/daily assignments 5% 50 pts.
Department Portfolio 5% 50 pts.
Farris Chapter Tests 5% 50 pts.
Final 15% 150 pts.
In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Timely completion of assignments is required. Late work will be accepted up to one week late, but the grade will be reduced. Late submissions of drafts, presentations, reports, resource and crisis notebook, unit, and portfolio will result in a grade reduction of 25%. Absolutely no work will be accepted after the assigned time of the final. Any missing work/assignments will be recorded as a “zero”.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The policy on appropriate conduct as defined in the student handbook will be enforced. Conflicts will be administered in the procedures outlined in the handbook.
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
The course portfolio
MOSTEP standards (DESE web site)
Team building activity
Read: Practicum Fieldwork
Read: Eggen, Chapter 1
Topic: Teacher’s roles and Models approach to teaching; Teaching Standards
The Practicum Fieldwork Manual
Forms used in Fieldwork
Introduction of Interdisciplinary
(Introduce GLE on DESE site for topics)
Park University Conceptual Framework
Disposition Teaching Evaluation
Assign: Philosophy statement
Discuss: Eggen Chapter 1
Plans for visiting school placements
Read: Farris, Chapter 1 Topics: Social Sciences, NCSS Standards, Scope and Sequence
Social Studies Curriculum
Building an Interdisciplinary “map”for your
Read: Eggen, Chapter 2, Constructing knowledge, Motivation to learn
Discuss Chapter 1 in Farris Text
Assignment: Visit library for unit Topics,
Social studies text books overview and
overview of writing textbooks
Test: Farris Chapter 1
Assignment due: Unit topic
Missouri’s Show-me Standards and
Curriculum Frameworks (DESE website)
National organizations and their standards
Writing the Unit Rationale Draft
Assign: Unit Rationale
Discuss: Eggen Chapter 2
Read: Farris, Chapter 2 Interdisciplinary instruction
Read: Eggen Chapter 9, Direct Instruction
“Linkage” between your thematic
unit and state/national standards
Teaching Strategy: Direct Instruction
Assignment Due: Unit topic, Unit
Discuss Eggen Chapter 9
Case Study Introduction
Discuss Chapter 2 of Farris text
Assign: Contextual Factors
Test: Farris Ch. 2
Analyzing and “mapping” unit content
Using multiple resources
Writing Objectives and Goals
Domains (Cognitive, Affective,
Teaching Strategy: Lesson Plan Writing
Assignment: Interdisciplinary Map
5 Outcomes/Goals for unit
Assignment: Write 5 Bloom’s Questions
Read: Farris Chapter 3&4 Assessments, Multicultural and bilingual education
Case Study part 2
Complete: Writing Objectives and Goals
Assignment: Write 3 Affective and 3
Lesson Plan Writing
Discuss Chapters 3 & 4 of Farris text
Read: Eggen Chapter 6 Concept attainment
Assignment: “Linkage” to NCSS Themes,
due: Feb. 20
Lesson Plan due Feb. 20
Write summary of framework
Due. Feb. 20
Due: Interdisciplinary Map
Test: Farris Ch. 3 & 4
Discuss: Eggen, Chapter 6
Read: Farris Chapter 5 & 6 students with special needs, role of technology, general view of learning strategies
Read: Eggen, Chapter 5 Inductive model
Teaching Strategy: Concept attainment,
Assignment:Concept Attainment lesson
Due: “Linkage” to NCSS Themes
Case Study part 3
Incorporating models and frameworks
Discuss Chapters 5 & 6 of Farris text
Discuss Eggen Chapter 5
Assignment: “Linkage” Mo Frameworks,
Read: Eggen, Chapter 7 Integrative model
Test: Farris, Chapters 5 & 6
Teaching Strategy: Classroom Discussion
Discuss: Eggen Chapter 10
Read: Farris Chapters 7 & 8 Communication skills (reading, writing, discussing, listening)
Assignment due: Concept attainment or
Read: Eggen, Chapter 3 Teaching of thinking
Discuss: Eggen, Chapter 3
Case Study part 4
Discuss Farris Chapters 7 & 8
Assignment due: “Linkage” to MO
Assign: Classroom Discussion Model
Test Farris, Chapters 7 & 8
Designing instructional activities
Sustain interest by varying activities,
cooperative grouping, etc.
(Film from Kagan)
Aligning instructional activities with
Teaching Strategy: Cooperative Groups
Read: Eggen, Chapter 4 Cooperative
Case Study part 5
Due: Classroom Discussion lesson Plan
Assign: Cooperative Group lesson plan
Meeting individual needs
Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience
Realities of instructional planning:
resources and time
Teaching Strategy: Differentiated Instruction
and Brain Based
( Power Point)
Assignment: Cooperative group lesson plan
Read: Farris Chapter 9 & 10 Literature in social studies
Discuss: Eggen Chapter 4
Test: Farris Text 9 & 10
Building teaching strategies
Graphic organizers (Film from )
Case Study part 6
Discuss Chapter 9 & 10 of Farris text
Film Graphic Organizers
Film: Thinking Maps
Assignment: Graphic Organizer lesson
Read: Eggen, Chapter 10 Discussion
Assignment due: Cooperative group lesson
Assessment (Classroom and other types)
Aligning assessment with outcomes and
Crisis Management/Case Study 9
Teaching Strategy Brain Based
Read: Farris Chapters 11 & 12 Geography
Read: Eggen, Chapter 8 Problem Based Instruction
Scoring Guides, Unit assessment
Self Assessment Plans
Teaching Strategy _Problem Based_________
Discuss: Farris Chap. 11 &12
Discuss: Eggen, Chapter 8
Assignment due: Test Farris Chap. 11&12
Sharing of site lessons
Teaching Strategy _____________________
Assignment: Read Farris Chap. 13 Economics
Working with Colleagues and Parents
Communicating with parents
Parent Teacher Conferences
Teaching Strategy ____________________
Case Study part 7
Discuss Farris Chapters 13 & 16
Test Farris Chapters 13
Teaching Strategy _____________________
Assign Farris, Chap. 14 Arts in Soc. St.
Journal Article Review due ________
Teaching Strategy _____________________ Case Study part 8
Assignment due: ____________________
Discuss Farris,Chap. 14
Journal Article Review due ________
Nov. 22-no class
Teaching Strategy ______________________
Test Farris,Chap. 14 ,
Assignment due: Completed Unit with
Journal Article Review due ____________
Portfolio Workshop conclusion
Intensive Curriculum Review/Praxis
Case Study part 9
Teaching Strategy __________________
Park University Conceptual Framework Review: Teachers who exhibit these dispositions
Case Study DUE
Topics: Course conclusion/evaluation
Assignments due: Resource portfolio, Journal, Time Sheet,
Procedures for portfolio pickup will be discussed
Final at 1 p.m.
All work must be turned in by 3:30 p.m.
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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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Topics for ED 359A reflections
Although no two-practicum journals will be alike, because no two-practicum experience are alike, the following topics are to be written about all students in addition to (or more likely, in conjunction with) general practicum observations and reflections. Gather ideas by talking to people at the school site, observing, reading, etc.
· How does your cooperating teacher use district and state curriculum guides? If possible, look at some of the notebooks used for this. How do these curriculum guides influence what goes on in the actual classroom?
· How does your teacher set up lesson plans? Reflect on the decisions as well as the practical constraints of lesson planning. Find out what principals typically require.
· Ask the cooperating teacher for an outline of the classroom’s daily/weekly schedule. Then reflect on this. What do you notice? What does the schedule reveal about priorities?
· Write self-evaluations for lessons you present in the classroom. What do you think you did well? What would you do differently next time? Include some of both! React to any feedback you receive from children, peers, teachers, etc. Were the instructional objectives of the lessons generally met? Did the children learn what they were intended to learn?
· Get your teacher’s perspective on parent relationships and parent-teacher conferences. If allowed, sit in on a conference and/or other event involving parents (e.g. a room party) and react to that. (Some schools, teachers, and parents are happy to do this, and some are not. Use good sense, and remember confidentiality.)
· Visit as many other classrooms as possible—across grade levels and even “special” classes. Go to art, music, P.E., etc. Reflect upon what you observed and learned there. Talk to the “special” teachers about their unique challenges. Talk to all kinds of school personnel, from the principal to the custodian and the lunchroom personnel. You will learn from them!
· Write about social studies instruction and how it is delivered in your school and classroom. This part may be integrated within other entries (e.g., practicum entries or entries from visits as described in the previous topic on this list). If there are attempts to integrate other subjects with social studies, please reflect on that.
· As you observe instruction in your assigned classroom as well as others, notice and reflect upon the ways students and teachers communicate and mis-communicate. What kinds of questions are asked? What kinds of responses do teachers give to children? How do peers relate to each other?
· Describe the various types of teaching strategies you see and your reactions to them, looking especially for strategies that go beyond the traditional and that aim at higher-level outcomes.
· Talk to your cooperating teacher about how she sets up her grade book and grading system, and some of the unique challenges that are posed by assessment. Do this around the time grades are coming out, and you will probably get an earful! Reflect on the problems and challenges of assessment and grading.
· What do teachers at the site do to further their own professional development? Often you can hear them talking about this at lunch or in other casual settings. What organizations do teachers belong to? What further coursework are they taking? What do they read? Reflect about how you will continue to grow as a professional even after you complete your certification program.
· Write about special children at the practicum site—children who pose challenges, children with special needs, children who mean a lot to you, children you will remember. Reflect on how you might work with these children when you have your own classroom.
· Write about the lesson accommodations the classroom teacher makes for the children who have special needs or handicaps. Reflect on your plans to accommodate your lesson plans for these children.
· Reflect on your own strengths as well as areas you want to improve on as you think ahead to student teaching. What are the practicum and the class teaching you about yourself?
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