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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDE 378 Science for ECE & Elem Tchrs
SP 2009 HO
MEd Infortation Science and Learning TechnologyMissouri Certification: Unified ScienceB.A. Biology
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ED 359A and admission to the School of Education
Martin, Ralph et al. Teaching Science for All Children. Fourth edition. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2005.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor and the students will work together to establish a foundation for effective standards based science instruction. This course will include experiences that engage the students through active learning. Active learning is developed by acquiring knowledge, understanding through discussion, interactive examples of effective teaching, collaborative groups, portfolio development, and reflective practice.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
The following assessments meet the requirements of the course learning outcomes in this syllabus.
1. Science lesson from your unit presented to the group with two written copies of the lesson. One copy will be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of the lesson. This lesson must be “hands - on” with enough materials for your peers to participate in the activity. This lesson will be one of the required lessons in your unit.
2. Core Assessment product is the Science Unit that includes:
iFive (5) lesson plans
ione being a lesson to be taught to your peers
ia second incorporating an experimental design procedure
ia third being a field trip plan that supports the unit
iand two lessons appropriate to the themed unit
Lesson plans demonstrate “Constructivist Teaching Methods” resources synthesized in the unit cited, Missouri Science Standards (GLE’s), Early Childhood Standards, activities appropriate for the age you plan to teach, integration with other disciplines, vocabulary, appropriate children’s literature suggestions, methods of evaluation, and other appropriate artifacts and attachments.
3. Mid-term essay
4. Science Education Journal reflection paper.
5. Chapter Reflection Questions
6. Active participation in class discussion and various standards based science activities conducted in class and out of class.
Assignments (Tentative) Point Value
Class Explorations, labs, and discussions (16 x 10 pts) 160
Chapter Reflection Questions 40
Lesson plan presentation (component of unit) 20
Experimental design and field trip lesson presentation 60
Journal article reflection paper 30
Mid-term essay 30
Total 420 (total points may change)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will not be accepted for credit unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor. Full or partial credit may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor depending on the circumstances that resulted in the assignment being turned in late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Note Some Topics and Dates Listed are Subject to Change
Syllabus –discussion of requirements
Introduction to 4 - E - Learning Cycle
Activity that demonstrate the Science Processes of observation, measurement, prediction, communication, inference
Hands on activity
Read Chapter 4 “Planning Inquiry Lessons”
Chapter 4 Reflection Question #1
Discussion of Chapter 4 Reflection Question
Model for experimental design
Sign up for date to teach mini lesson to your peers
Read Chapter 9 “Creating a Safe, Efficient, Inquiry –Based Science Classroom”
Chapter 9 Reflection Question #1
Selecting your unit topic --Use Part II in your text page 397… and sources in the Park University children’s section of the library to assist in selecting your unit topic.
Discussion of Chapter 9 Reflection Question
Safety in the Classroom
Read Chapter 2 “Learning Science”
Chapter 2 Reflection Question #2
Select a Unit topic and prepare a lesson from your unit that you will teach to the class. (This must be a constructivist lesson with you classmates using the materials to participate in the lesson This lesson will be one that you fully develop for your unit. It should follow the 4 - E lesson plan format.)
Discussion of Chapter 2 Reflection Question
Read Chapter 1 “What is Science”
Chapter 1 Reflection Question #5
Presentation of mini-science lessons begins next week
Discussion of Chapter 1 Reflection Question
Science lesson presentation- (5 Students) Your presentation should be no longer than 15 minutes Q &A 1 Minute
Begin searching for a project idea for your experimental design project
Science lesson presentation (5 students) Your presentation should be no longer than 15 minutes Q &A 1 Minute
Read Chapter 5 “Assessing Student Performance”
Chapter 5 Reflection Question #3
Discussion of Chapter 5 Reflection Question
Mid - term essay assigned
Mid-term essay will be completed outside of class. Your essay should include a detailed description of your science classroom. You will need to describe the type of activities that would be given based on GLE standards, Early Childhood standards, MoStep and the NSES standards. Includes brain-based research and Piaget in your discussion. Describe what an observer would see students doing and what you as the teacher will be doing. You should include safety concerns, lesson integration strategies and accommodations for students with disabilities.
Mid-term essay due next week
Journal Article assignment presented to class
Read Chapter 11 “Resources for Best Practices”
Chapter 11 Reflection Question #4
Discussion of Chapter 11 Reflection Question
Identification of Resources for teachers
(possible guest speakers)
Read Chapter 10 “Using Educational Technology”
Chapter 10 Reflection Question #2
Discussion of Chapter 10 Reflection Question
Models/demonstrations of various media (video, audio, etc.) in the classroom
Read Chapter 8 “Integration – How Can I Do It all?”
Chapter 8 Reflection Question #1
Journal Article assignment due next week
Discussion of Chapter 8 Reflection Question
Journal Article assignment due
Effective Integration strategies demonstrated
Science Unit Plan - Work on lesson plans
Hands on activities
Field trip lessons due next week
Field trip lessons shared to peers
Science Unit Plan due next week
Experimental design lessons shared to peers
Science Unit Plan due / Peer evaluations
Complete your experimental projects make sure your have the components required for the project.
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 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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