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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDE 380 Literacy for ECE & EED Tchrs
SP 2010 HO
Lofflin, Kathy Ehrig
Associate Professor of Education
PhD University of Missouri-Kansas CityMA University of Missouri-Kansas CityBA Ottawa University
Watson Literacy Center, MA 330A
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-8:30, 11:30-1:00 and 3:00-5:00; available other times by appointment
January 11-May 9
8:45 - 11:25 AM
Admission to Teacher Education, and must be concurrently enrolled in Practicum A.
All three of the following are required and are necessary to do well in this course.
ü Fox, Barbara J. (2010). Phonics and structural analysis for the teacher of reading (10th ed.).
Boston: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN13: 978-0-13-208094-1
ü Vacca, Jo Anne L., Vacca, Richard T., Gove, Mary K., Burkey, Linda, Lenhart, Lisa A., & McKeon,
Christine (2009). Reading and learning to read (7th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
ü All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education’s electronic portfolio system. Our MoSTEP Standard for EDE380 is 1.2.4 and its three Performance Indicators, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168. The Core Assessment for EDE380, the Literacy Instructional Module, will serve as several artifacts for these standards. Your final, which will be the final version of the project and the reflective pieces for Standard 1.2.4, must be submitted via Foliotek in order to be graded, so purchase of Foliotek is absolutely required.
As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a multi-step process, please follow these instructions:
Per Student (Prepaid)
Per Student, Per Year
· Your Name
· The Contract Period you wish to purchase
· Your student identification number
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Supplementary resources specifically used or referred to in class:
Atwell, N. (1998). In the middle: New understandings about writing, reading, and
learning (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Bell, D., & Jarvis, D. (2002). Letting go of “Letter of the Week”. Primary Voices K-6,
Carlisle, J.F., & Stone, C. A. (2005). Exploring the role of morphemes in word reading.
Reading Research Quarterly, 40(4), 428-449.
Cassidy, J., Garcia, R., Boggs, M. (2005). The SIQ-III test: Gender issues in literacy.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49(2), 142-148.
Clark, K.F. (2004). What can I say besides “sound it out”? Coaching word recognition
in beginning reading. The Reading Teacher, 57(5), 440-449.
Clay, M. M. (2000). Running records for classroom teachers. Portsmouth NH:
Clymer, T. (1963). The utility of phonic generalizations in the primary grades. The
Reading Teacher, 16, 252-258.
DeFord, D. (1985). Validating the construct of theoretical orientation in reading instruction. Reading
Research Quarterly, 20(3), 351-367.
Flippo, R. (2003). Assessing readers: Qualitative diagnosis and instrucion.
Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Fogel, H., and Ehri, L. C. (2006). Teaching African American English forms to
Standard American English-speaking teachers: Effects on acquisition, attitudes,
and responses to student use. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(5), 464-480.
Fox, M. (2005). Phonics has a phoney role in the literacy wars.
Fry, E. (1977). Fry’s readability graph: Clarifications, validity, and extension to level
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Goodman, D. The reading detective club: Solving the mysteries of reading. Portsmouth,
Knipper, K.J., & Duggan, T. J. (2006). Writing to learn across the curriculum: Tools for
comprehension in content area classes. The Reading Teacher, 59(5), 462-470.
McLaughlin, M., & Allen, M. B. (2002). Guided comprehension in action: Lessons for
grades 3-8. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
McLaughlin, M. (2003). Guided Comprehension in the primary grades. Newark, DE:
International Reading Association.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2004). Communication
Arts Grade Level Expectations.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2001). Curriculum
International Reading Association & National Council of Teachers of English. (1996).
Standards for the English Language Arts.
National Reading Panel (2001). Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching
children to read.
Palmer, C., & Brooks, M.A. (2004). Reading until the cows come home: Figurative
language and reading comprehension. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy,
Pinnell, G. S. (2004). Ten principles in literacy programs that work.
Raphael, T. , and Au, K. (2005). QAR: Enhancing comprehension and test taking
across grades and content areas. The Reading Teacher, 59(3), 206-221.
Ray, K. (1999). Wondrous words: Writers and writing in the elementary classroom.
Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English."
Ray, K. (2001). The writing workshop: Working through the hard parts (and they’re all
hard parts). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English."
Ray, K. (2006). Exploring inquiry as a teaching stance in the writing workshop.
Language Arts, 83(3), 238-247.
Richek, M. A. (2005). Words are wonderful: Interactive, time-efficient strategies to
teach meaning vocabulary. The Reading Teacher, 58(5), 414-423.
Stahl, K. (2004). Proof, practice, and promise: Comprehension strategy instruction in
the primary grades. The Reading Teacher, 57(7), 598-609.
Yopp, H.K., & Yopp, R.H. (2000). Supporting phonemic awareness development in the
classroom. The Reading Teacher, 54(2), 130-143.
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Instructor’s individual philosophy:
The instructor’s philosophy and approach to teaching any professional education course may be summed up in one word: engagement.
Engagement means full involvement by both instructor and students. When someone is engaged, he/she places her/his full attention on the learning task at hand, and is fully “into” the learning activities of the moment rather than thinking about or attending to anything else. She/he consistently pays attention, watches/listens carefully, and works to make the most of every learning opportunity. Neither interruptions nor distractions, nor “just getting by”, is permitted. Learning time is sacred, and important. The instructor is committed to being fully engaged when she is teaching or working with students and their work, and she expects the same engagement level of students when they are in class or working on assignments. Indeed, when students later work in the classroom as teachers, the children they will work with deserve nothing less than full engagement.
The instructor will endeavor to set up the classroom environment to maximize engagement. Some strategies for this will include hands-on activities, cooperative and collaborative learning, a stress on higher level learning outcomes (application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation), providing “scaffolding” to help students succeed at their highest ability levels, stressing real-life and cross-disciplinary connections, requiring individual accountability for learning, and facilitating response opportunities for all students. But engagement is not the instructor’s task alone. Taking responsibility for making the most of the learning opportunities of the course will also be expected of each student.
Linkage to School for Education Conceptual Framework:
The instructor also uses the School for Education’s Conceptual Framework as a guide for instructional decisions. All courses must help developing educators grow into the roles of Effective School Professional, Reflective Change Agent, and Advocate for Equity and Excellence for All Learners.
In EDE380, the instructor is first and foremost interested in students becoming effective teachers, and much attention will be paid to various theory-based models that have been found to help children become literate at high levels. The instructor believes that instruction that is not theory-based, and that focuses only on the lowest levels of learning, is neither effective nor appropriate. Thus, she always wants to challenge future teachers to reach for the highest levels of good practice for the children they will teach. Low level learning, or teaching strategies that are not grounded in theory and research, are not good enough for any child. Literacy should be about constructing meaning. If that is not occurring in a classroom, then the literacy instruction there is not effective.
In EDE380, attention will be paid to reflection on what is best practice in literacy, and to a constant assessment of policies and practices that are employed in schools. The instructor does not believe in perpetuating the status quo in literacy instruction just because it may be mandated, funded, or favored by any group with power, including governments, publishers, corporations, professional associations, or any other entity. Each teacher must look at all policies and practices in terms of what is good for students and what is good for their literacy learning. That may differ from what is currently favored in schools, and it may differ from context to context. There is no such thing as “one size fits all,” even though that may be favored by some because it seems to be the easier or less expensive way. It is the professional’s job to be constantly questioning, and for making changes when what is happening is not shown to be in children’s best interests. The instructor does not believe that much of the current “status quo” in public school literacy instruction is working in the best interests of children. She does not see it as her job to perpetuate such a flawed status quo; she rather sees it as her job to raise questions about it and to work toward changing the situation for the better. Students in EDE380 should expect to hear many difficult questions raised about what is going on in schools right now, including practices that they will see, and that are accepted, in the school sites where they are having practicum experiences. The instructor expects students to adopt a questioning, reflective attitude toward literacy practice and to work toward changing current practice when it does not meet children’s needs.
What it all boils down to is this: We must be advocates for children. Children always must come first with us, and that means all children, no matter what their backgrounds. That is what advocating for equity means. Advocating for excellence means that we owe it to the children who will be under our care to make sure they have the best opportunity possible to become literate citizens who can participate fully in our society. If there is one theme that should pervade a course such as EDE380, that is it.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Assessments for Outcome #1:
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Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Homework assignments (66 points possible; 20% of grade)
Readings assigned for each week will usually be due each Tuesday at the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted. For each of the 11 reading assignments from the Vacca text, answer in paragraph form the following three questions covering the reading:
1) What do you think the author's purpose(s) were for writing the chapter(s) or articles? Why did they write what they did, and what do you think they hoped to accomplish? In other words, what was the point?
2) What idea(s) in the reading struck you as most useful and why? There is a lot of flexibility possible in your approach to this question. An idea may strike you because it "resonates" with experience, because it seems particularly reasonable or valuable, or because you can easily picture how you would use it in your future classroom.
3) What do you think is the most problematic or controversial idea in the text? What are the issues and views involved and why do you see it as problematic or controversial? If an idea puzzles you or provokes a negative reaction as you read, this would be the place to discuss that, though a negative reaction is not necessary for you to see an idea as problematic or controversial.
NOTE: Writing that you cannot find a problem or controversy will result in a “0” for this portion. You need to “dig” and find something.
For each of the three questions, you will earn a rating of 2, 1, or 0. A "2" will result from a well-developed paragraph, with examples. A "1" will result from a minimally developed paragraph, and a 0 will result from a completely unsatisfactory or missing paragraph. There are 6 total points possible for each assignment.
As you prepare your work, bear in mind that the instructor has two purposes for weekly homework assignments: 1) to make sure that you read and engage with text assignments each week, and 2) to make sure you are engaging with the texts at a fairly high level of thinking. If she is satisfied that these things are happening for you, you will earn a high rating on homework assignments.
There are 11 assignments from the Vacca text (66 total points possible). At the end of the semester, the number of points earned will be compared with the number of points possible, and a percentage will be computed for this portion of the course grade.
Important Notice: For all homework, work turned in one class meeting late will have one point deducted; work turned in two class periods late will have two points deducted. Work turned in later two class meetings after it is due will not be accepted and will not be graded. Work is considered one class period late if it is submitted after midnight on the Tuesday it is due; it is considered two class periods late is it is submitted after midnight on the Thursday after the Tuesday it is due. Work is unacceptable after midnight on the Tuesday one week after the due date.
All homework must be submitted to the appropriate Drop Box for the week in the EDE380 eCompanion platform. Points and any comments from the instructor will be posted in the Drop Box.
2. Fox text (225 points possible; 10% of grade)
You should complete all of the Fox text by the date given on the schedule. Fill out all the blanks and do all the exercises, reviews, and tests. All 225 pages need to be completed, beginning with the Pretest and ending with the Posttest. For exercises done on separate paper (as instructed in the text), slip the paper in the book at the appropriate point and staple or paper clip the paper to the page. Everything must be completed; in fact, this part of the grade will be based entirely upon completion (pages will be counted and you will receive one point per page). On the due date, a percentage of the total pages that have been completed will be calculated. If all pages are complete and the book is turned in on time, 225 point and a 100% will be recorded. If the book is turned in late, 10% will be deducted for each class meeting that the book is late. Points will be deducted for any missing pages. A page will be considered “missing” if any part of that page is incomplete, so please make sure you have filled in every blank and completed every page.
A few words about the assignment: There is a varying response from students to this text. Some actually enjoy it, others can take or leave it but have no problems, others find it annoying but work it through, and a few sometimes are distressed by it. Be aware of, and reflect upon, the reasons for these feelings, especially if you are one of those who experiences distress.
There is more than one purpose for this assignment. Not the least of these is the need for you to really reflect on how instruction about language, such as phonics concepts, should be presented to children. Think about the pros and cons of teaching such concepts explicitly (as is done in this workbook) versus more implicitly. This is an issue that is controversial right now (and always really has been). Just as each preservice teacher is different, and reacts differently to explicit instruction in phonics, so each child is different. There are many thorny issues when we look at phonics instruction, including the matter of dialects and language variations which can be problematic, and other issues, such as the fact that many phonics "generalizations" are by no means as clear-cut as some published programs try to say they are. We will make time to discuss issues, feelings, and frustrations as you complete the workbook. This is an important course outcome. If you do experience undue frustration, beyond what class discussions can alleviate, see the instructor early and talk it out. Above all, do not procrastinate on this assignment. Doing a little each day seems to work better than a lot in a few days.
A second purpose is that teachers do need to have some facility with phonics terminology, no matter what their eventual stance toward explicit vs. implicit phonics instruction turns out to be. Teachers are expected to be able to talk about these concepts and use them. The workbook is an efficient way of starting the process of building this critical professional vocabulary. We are doing it early in the semester, and rather rapidly, so that the vocabulary you learn can then be utilized as we move on to higher level concerns, like how to put together instruction that helps children learn to read and meets their literacy needs. Even if you believe that all phonics learning should be implicitly acquired through natural texts, you still need to know about phonics concepts so that you can devise good opportunities for implicit learning. In fact, such a teacher needs to know even more than the teacher who advocates explicit methods, because explicit methods are often laid out and scripted, and implicit teaching requires "thinking on one's feet" and providing scaffolding as needed.
3. Literacy Instructional Module Rough Drafts (20% of grade)
The Literacy Instructional Module is described in detail below. This module is a major project of EDE380; in fact, it is the course’s “Core Assessment.” As such, it should represent your best work and demonstrate your learning. To that end, the instructor will require that you submit drafts of each of the sections of the project (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7). The drafts will be graded on exactly the same standards, and using exactly the same rubric, as the final draft, but rough drafts will only be weighted half as much as the final drafts so as to allow you to benefit from instructor input and improve your work for the final draft. If a draft comes in late, it will be reduced 10% for each class period it is late. The instructor will provide plentiful written feedback on these drafts, and students are expected to take that feedback into consideration when revising their work for final submission.
The points possible on each part of the Module are clearly listed on the rubric, and will be the same for both the rough drafts and the final drafts, but the rough drafts will be worth only half as much as the final draft toward the final course grade.
Here are the points possible for each section, taken directly from the rubric:
Part 1: Background Information (15 points )
Part 2: Outcomes/Objectives (15 points)
Part 3: Instructional Plan (63 points)
Part 4: Assessment Plan (30 points)
Part 5: Documentation of implementation of instruction (12 points)
Part 6: Documentation of student learning (24 points)
Part 7: Reflection on teacher learning (18 points)
All Module drafts must be submitted to the appropriate Drop Boxes for the weeks they are due in the EDE380 eCompanion platform. Instructor feedback will be provided through the Drop Box.
4. Literacy Instructional Module (Final draft; 40% of grade)
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF LITERACY INSTRUCTIONAL MODULE PROJECT
Please Note: The Literacy Instructional Module is the “Core Assessment” for EDE380.
The Literacy Instructional Module documents your experience planning, implementing, and assessing a literacy teaching episode with actual children in your assigned practicum classroom. This teaching episode should be designed to take place during 2-3 visits to your practicum site near the middle of the semester. The instruction may take place during regular “literacy” (reading/writing) or Communication Arts time, or it may integrate literacy with a content area such as social studies or science, though literacy must be a major goal of the instruction in these cases.
Plan ahead with your cooperating teacher on the dates, starting during your first visits to the practicum site. During the early weeks of the semester, intensive instruction will be provided that is intended to help you have a successful experience and to implement quality instruction..
A detailed rubric will be provided in class and discussed at length. The final draft will include both Parts A (Preteaching Elements, Sections 1-4) and B (Post-teaching Elements, Sections 5-7), plus a cooperating teacher’s evaluation, which will be provided and discussed in class. The project should have seven separate sections, each posted to Foliotek as a separate artifact and each with a clearly identifiable name. Each section should cover the elements outlined on the project’s rubric. The rubric also has an eighth section that assesses mechanical aspects. This rubric illustrates linkages between the various sections of the project and both the MoSTEP Standards and the professional standards of the International Reading Association (IRA) and other national professional organizations. The Cooperating Teacher’s assessment rubric must be scanned and uploaded to Foliotek as a separate artifact. If there is difficulty in scanning, see the instructor for assistance well in advance. It is important that students be proactive about securing the cooperating teacher rubric from the cooperating teacher in a timely manner so it may be uploaded to Foliotek along with the rest of the Module.
A second rubric, the University’s Core Assessment Rubric, is attached to this syllabus and will be used for University-wide assessment purposes, but not for grading purposes. It is attached at the end of this syllabus for informational and administrative purposes only.
The following description is a brief overview of the project; many more details are on the rubrics, and all requirements will be discussed fully in class. The project is a modification of the well-known Teacher Work Sample model.
Each Literacy Instructional Module submitted must have the following seven sections fully developed and clearly labeled:
SECTION A: PRE-TEACHING ELEMENTS (to be completed prior to teaching the module)
Part 1. Background information on the teaching situation is in a short essay.
Here, you will be researching information on the school, the classroom, and the specific students you will teach. You also will be expected to discuss how school factors, classroom factors, and student factors will affect your planning to teach each specific module. This section is related to the professional dispositions, Willingness to Do What is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, Maintains Engagement, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
Part 2. Learning Outcomes/Objectives are specified and aligned with standards.
In this section you will be writing 2-7 outcome statements specific to the module you will teach, and you will be aligning each outcome with state and national literacy standards (information will be provided in class). The content of these outcomes/objectives should be negotiated with the practicum cooperating teacher in advance of teaching. This section is related to the professional dispositions, Willingness to Do What is Necessary to Help Learners Learn and Values and Acts Upon Belief in Educational Leadership.
Part 3. An appropriate instructional plan to meet the outcomes is presented.
You will need to outline, before you teach the module, a plan for instruction that will meet the learning outcomes/objectives you specified in Part 2 above. You will be planning and developing theory-based literacy instructional activities. Each module must have at least two theory-based activities in its plan (you may and should include more if needed to meet the specified learning outcomes). Activities must be designed by the student (NOT the cooperating teacher!) and the two activities must be chosen from the following list of options:
All of these activities and models will be fully discussed in class, and also will be demonstrated whenever possible. The following kinds of activities may be approved for the module, but MUST be approved by the instructor in advance, and must be fully documented:
The following kinds of activities will absolutely not be approved by the instructor:
Once the two theory-based activities are included, you are free to add other things of your choice to your module, but be sure all activities are meaningful and student-centered, and really build literacy.
We will organize this section around a standard “Lesson Plan Outline.” Incorporating this format is required, even though integrating it may seem a bit awkward and redundant at times. We will discuss the ways to do this sensibly, and we will review the format, in class.
Please note that the Lesson Plan Outline requires, among other things, that you document:
It is very important that the above elements be a part of your instruction. It can be difficult to think about these concerns, but we will discuss them in class, and you must stretch your views of teaching to incorporate them. Willingness to push one’s comfort zone and go beyond the obvious are important teaching dispositions. This section is related to Willingness to Do What is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, Maintains Engagement, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
Part 4. A strategy for assessing the outcomes of instruction is included.
This portion describes how you will document whether your students met the outcomes in Section #2 above. This portion must be filled out in advance, before you teach the module. It is required that your plan include examples of at least one tangible artifact that will demonstrate and assess student learning, and that you have a method for assessing that artifact, preferably something you can attach to examples of student work. Non-tangible assessments like “participation” or “observation” will not be sufficient, though such assessments can certainly be a small part of this section. This section is related to Willingness to Do What is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, Maintains Engagement, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
NOTE: Sections 1-4 will be turned in to the instructor in draft form prior to your teaching of the module, and must receive instructor approval before you teach the module. It also is important that you share your plans with your cooperating teacher prior to teaching. For this reason, it is recommended that you begin planning well in advance of your expected teaching day(s).
SECTION B: POST-TEACHING ELEMENTS (to be completed after teaching the module)
Part 5. The implementation of the instruction is documented.
This part is your anecdotal report of what actually happened when you implemented your plan. In most cases, you will have to alter your plan “in-flight”; document those alterations in this section. You will not be penalized for instruction not going according to plan; it is better to make adjustments than to go on with instruction that is not working. Your grade here will be based on how you reacted to the authentic situation and the amount of detail you provide. See the grading rubric for more information. This segment documents the dispositions, Willingness to Do What Is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
Part 6. Student learning is documented.
Here, you return to your Outcomes from Section #2 and your Assessment Strategy from Section #4, and you present the evidence of learning that your Assessment Strategy provided. You will not be penalized if students do not meet the outcomes, but you will be for failure to discuss and account for that. You will need to clearly show in a visual display (e.g., a graph or chart) and an explanatory narrative your students’ learning based on the data you gathered. You will be expected to discuss strategies for helping the students meet the outcomes in the future. A representative sample of student work, along with any assessment instruments you created and used to assess the work, should be included and referred to here. For this section, think in terms of a clear, concise, and relatively straightforward description of what your students learned (or did not learn, if that is the case). Save reflections about your own learning for Section 7, below. This segment documents the dispositions, Willingness to Do What Is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
Part 7. The teacher is able to think reflectively about instruction.
In this final section, you reflect in depth on your own learning as a result of teaching the module. Specific areas that need to be developed in this short essay are outlined in the grading rubric; all listed areas must be specifically addressed. This segment documents the dispositions, Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development, and Values and Acts on a Belief in Educational Leadership.
8. The work is mechanically acceptable.
Professional-looking, correctly written work is required of all teachers; a section delineating areas that will be assessed is included as “Part 8” on the instructor’s grading rubric. This part of the rubric will be an overall assessment and does not require its own separate, labeled section. This segment documents the disposition, Respect for Others.
Please note the following:
5. MoSTEP Standard 1.2.4 Reflective Pieces, to be written late in the semester in lieu of a final exam (Completion grade, with 8 points possible; 10% of grade)
Near the end of the semester, students will be writing a reflective piece on MoSTEP Standard and its three Performance Indicators (22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52). In these reflective pieces, students will reflect on their learning in EDE380, referring to course projects (especially the seven sections of the Literacy Instructional Module) as artifacts to demonstrate the standards. Work from other classes may also be referenced, though the main thing that will be evaluated here will be the relationship of the standards with EDE380 learning. Standard 1.2.4 will be discussed in class during specific class sessions, and will be referred to throughout the semester. Complete instructions will be given to students just prior to the date of writing. The instructor will use the standard School for Education portfolio rubric to evaluate the reflective pieces, and they will be posted on Foliotek along with the final draft of the Literacy Instructional Module; this will be discussed in class. This assignment also is related to assessment of the dispositions, Willingness to Do What is Necessary to Help Learners Learn, and Self-Reflection Toward Continual Development.
Each of the requirements listed below will result in a percentage grade. Each of the items will be weighted as indicated in parentheses below. Each percentage will be weighted and a course average calculated to determine the final course grade.
Note: This is the “Core Assessment” for EDE380.
Further details about these projects are provided above under Class Assessment, and even more information will be provided in class.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Policies differ for each type of assignment; each assignment is fully described in the Course Assessment section earlier in this document.
Please do not make excuses for late work; rather, professionals act proactively to prevent problems, and when they are completely unavoidable, they present a plan rather than an excuse. This is related to professional dispositions, particularly Respect for Others and Willingness to Maintain Engagement.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All of the rules stated below are important and relate directly to professional dispositions, especially Respect for Others and Willingness to Maintain Engagement.
Reading: Read syllabus carefully on your own.
Assignment: Start on Fox text immediately. Make a plan for timely completion. Due date is Feb. 4.
The Literacy Instructional Module
Homework due: Vacca, Ch. 1 and 2. Just skim Chapter 1, but do chapter questions for Chapter 2 (as described under GRADING PLAN and as explained in class). Reminder: Readings will always be due on Tuesdays, starting this week.. Submit all homework in the appropriate EDE380 eCompanion Drop Box for the week..
Working with words: Part 1
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 7 (Note: We will be skipping around in the Vacca text, so please pay close attention to chapter numbers for each week!)
Working with words: Part 2
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 8
Assignment due: Completed Fox text due Feb. 4.
Reading Comprehension: Part 1
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 9 Assignment due:
Draft of Part 1 of Literacy Instructional Module (Background Information) due Feb. 11.
Reading Comprehension, Part 2
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 10
Multiple Literacies and “New” Literacies
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 11 Assignment due: Draft of Literacy Instructional Module Parts 2 (Outcomes/Objectives) and 3 (Instructional Plan) due Feb. 25.
(March 8-12 is Spring Recess; classes will not meet that week.)
Literacy assessment: Part 1
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 6
Literacy Assessment: Part 2
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 14
Assignment due: Draft of Literacy Instructional Module Part 4 (Assessment Plan), due March 18.
Literacy Development: Part 1
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 4.
March 30-April 1
Literacy Development: Part 2
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 5
Literacy Programs and
Homework due: Questions for Vacca, Ch. 13
Miscue Analysis Workshop: Part 1
Assignment due: Drafts of Literacy Instructional Module Parts 5, 6, and 7. (Note: These parts may be submitted early; that is encouraged if possible.)
Miscue analysis Workshop: Part 2
Reflecting on professional issues:
Scheduled Final is Thursday, May 6,
8:00-10:00. Arrangements for that day will be discussed in class as the term progresses.
Final draft of the Literacy Instructional Module, and reflective pieces for Standard 1.2.4 and its Performance Indicators (184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168) must be posted to Foliotek no later than midnight on May 6. Work will not be accepted after that time. Please post your Literacy Instructional Module as seven separate artifacts, corresponding to the seven parts of the Module (these will be fully discussed in class throughout the semester).
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 87From the University catalog: “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.”
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92From the University catalog: “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 assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.”
From the course instructor: You really only hurt yourself when you steal another's work or take short cuts. Your learning will suffer. Plagiarism is a serious offense for these reasons, but also because it denigrates the work of those who did put out the effort, and betrays the trust inherent in the student-teacher relationship. In cases where plagiarism/cheating is discovered, I will certainly do the following:
•The offense will be reported to the Dean of the School for Education and the program coordinator for your program.
•A conference will be held to resolve the matter.
Depending on the student's response to the conference, one of the following will also occur:
•A failing grade for the course will be given.
•A zero for the specific assignment will be given.
•The work must be redone in a timely fashion under conditions that will not allow plagiarism or cheating (i.e., closely supervised).
•The matter will be referred to administrators for a determination of consequences.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95From the University catalog: “Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and 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 “F”.
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 (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) 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. Reports 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.”
From the course instructor: More importantly even than all of the above, your attendance is required because it is essential to your learning. Try not to miss even a single day. We will cover much material, plus, many activities involve cooperative work and teacher demonstrations that can never really be replaced. Shoot for perfect attendance, and do what it takes to make that happen.
Because I believe attendance is an important component of the course, but also because I know that humans and their lives are not always perfect, I do have an attendance policy of my own for this class. Here it is:
1. One absence will be excused, no questions asked. Do not use this if you can avoid it. Save it for those unexpected things that come up.
2. A second absence will be excused for any of the following reasons:
•Child care problems
•Car trouble, other transportation problems
•Unavoidable doctor/dentist appointments (try hard to schedule otherwise)
•Other cases at the instructor's discretion
If you have a third absence not related to the "unconditional" excuses below, your course grade will be reduced by one letter. If you have three more, the grade will be reduced by two letters, and so on. Passing the class implies, at the very least, that you had the contact hours.
3. The following absences will be excused unconditionally (documentation needed):
•Serious illness of a close family member
•Natural disasters, fires, etc.
•Military call-up (unexpected)
•Death in the family
•Athletic events for Park athletes on the team
•Professional education conferences (must clear in advance with instructor)
NOTICE TO ATHLETES: I must have personal notification from you, face-to-face, in advance of absences due to athletic events. No absences for practices will be excused. I will check absences against communications from coaches. Any work that is due on a day you will be gone is due before you go, or you may give it to a fellow student to hand in that day. If it's not in, the late work policy as stated in this syllabus will be followed.
If you do have to be absent, regardless of the reason, you are responsible for making up the work. The instructor will not provide notes or tutorials for missed class meetings except for the most unusual sorts of circumstances. The best strategy is to find a few classmates you can trust early in the semester, exchange phone numbers and e-mails, and make a plan about what to do in case of unavoidable absences. Note: For the two excused absences, any assignments are due immediately (the first class period you are back in class) upon your return. For unexcused absences, the work will be reduced as would any late work (see section below on LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS as well as specifics under each assignment in the GRADING PLAN section below).
4. The following absences will never be excused:
•"I have to go to work." Don't schedule work during class time! You should also not come late or leave class early for work.
•"We planned a trip/a wedding/an event six months ago." Don't plan that way. If class doesn't take top priority, make plans to take the class another semester.
•"I have to get to another class." Again, don't double-schedule, and allow clearances.
•"My child (or other family member) has an event at school (or elsewhere)." That's what the one "no questions asked" absence is for. Plan ahead and save it for that if you know it's coming. Do not plan on more than one excused absence for events such as these.
•Any absence that will occur repeatedly on a regular basis, no matter what the reason. Do not plan on the instructor excusing repeated absences.
•Anything else that is really avoidable. Always check with the instructor first. Don't assume.
5. Tardiness policy: Tardiness is distracting and disrespectful to the class and to the instructor, and many times important information is given during the first few minutes of class. Promptness is very important for teachers, and is very important to your instructor. Therefore, the following policy will be followed:
•Tardiness will be recorded if you enter the classroom after the instructor has finished taking roll. The instructor will take roll promptly at 8:45, so it is best to be in the classroom at least five minutes early. That means you are in the classroom (not in the halls or in the smoking area). If just your property (e.g., books, coat) is in the classroom but not you, then you are still tardy. Tardiness will be determined based upon the time on the instructor's watch, not students' watches.
•Three tardies will equal one absence, no matter what the reason. The few that are excused should account for the rare occasions when a tardy is unavoidable. Do NOT plan to be tardy on a regular basis. The times courses meet are well publicized in advance, so you should make advance arrangements for family and job responsibilities in such a way that you are not late for class. If you expect those responsibilities to cause tardiness on a regular basis, don't take this course now.
•Since only two absences will be excused, that means that a total of six tardies will lead to a grade reduction of one grade level. If the student also has absences, however, fewer tardies will be excusable. For example, a student could receive a grade reduction if she or he has one absence and four tardies.
•Tardiness also extends to returning from class breaks on time. There will be one ten-minute break around the middle of each class session. Please return in ten minutes or a tardy will be counted.
These measures may seem strict, but dependability and priority setting are important teacher dispositions, and need to be developed by professionals. Attendance is related to professional dispositions, particularly Respect for Others and Willingness to Maintain Engagement.
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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