EDS359 Teaching Strategies

for SP 2008

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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


EDM 359 Teaching Strategies


SP 2008 HO


Kasperbauer, Kimberly


Assistant Professor

Office Location

227 Copley

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 3:40 PM

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
This course develops curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate to the pre-service teacher. An emphasis is focused on developing knowledge of the Missouri Standards, lesson plans, and reflection techniques. The course is designed to provide the student with the skills to plan, implement, and evaluate both the teaching and learning processes for the classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the School for Education. Students must earn at least a "B" in this course to be allowed to do directed teaching.5:0:5.

Educational Philosophy:

In a safe environment which fosters collaboration, critical thinking, group and individual problem-solving, and reflection, all students learn to apply newly learned theories and concepts to the practice of teaching in a practical, efficient way.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. The student who successfully completes this course will: a)*Explore her/his beliefs about education, teaching, and learning and how these beliefs fit into teaching in discussion and a journal
  2. b) *Cultivate a knowledge of the various aspects both implicit and explicit of the tasks of teaching in critiques of research articles
  3. c) *Gain an understanding of the influences on a teacher's time and curricular and instructional choices
  4. d) *Develop awareness in writing and discussion of choices and decisions that affect the teacher's participation in the classroom
  5. e) *Design and teach lesson plans that incorporate discipline content and Show Me Standards for a variety of students
  6. f) *Demonstrate chosen models of instruction for in-class and site teaching

Core Assessment:
  • Teach  twice at Park classroom

Class Assessment:

·        Course Attendance and Participation Including:

o       -3 micro-teachings of increasing lengths

o       -1 presentation and discussion of assigned course material (90 minutes in length)

·        3x weekly electronic discussion postings (1 initial response and 2 reaction postings)

·        “Me” Project (Presented to your students NO LATER than the end of 2nd week at your practicum site)

·        3 school observations focused on teaching strategies/lesson planning/objective writing – 1 of which involves observing one of your class colleagues (You must submit a one page reflection of each of these – due at the end of the semester)

·        2 “mini-lessons” of at least 10-15 minutes in length taught in your respective practicum classes and VIDEOTAPED

·        Completion of the course’s core assessment (Unit)


Attendance and Participation                 25%     125 points

            *including presentation of course material and 3 micro-teachings

Online Discussion                                 15%    75 points

“Me Project”                                        5%        25 points

School Observation Essays                   5%       25 points

Mini-lessons                                         10%    50 points

Weekly Reflective Journal                     15%    75 points

Core Assessment (Unit)                        25%    125 points

                                                                        500 points

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






Jan. 15                   Jan. 17



Jan. 22


Course Requirements

Learning Styles

E-journal #1: Semester Goals (due 1/25)

E-discussion Thread #1 (due 1/31)

Me Projects (due 1/31-2/7)

Jan. 24

Learning Styles

Developing Culture


Jan. 29

Me Project Presentation

E-journal #2:Culture (due 2/1)

Jan. 31

Writing Objectives


Feb. 5

Writing Objectives Motivation Theory

Techniques to Motivate

E-journal #3: Motivation (due 2/8)

E-discussion Thread #2 (due 2/14)

Feb. 7


Feb. 12

Lesson Planning

E-journal #4: Planning (due 2/15)

Feb. 14


Feb. 19

Grading Systems

Management Schemes/Reward Systems

E-journal #5: Grading/ Management (due 2/22)

E-discussion Thread #3 (due 2/29)

Feb. 21

Putting it all together


Feb. 26

Micro-teaching #1

E-journal #6: Students with special needs (due 2/29)

Feb. 28

Strategies for including Ss with special needs


March 4

Discussion/Viewing of Video from in-school teaching #1

E-journal #7: Looking back, looking ahead (due 3/7)

E-discussion thread #4 (due 3/13)

March 6

Group Interaction Learning Models – Student led Discussion


March 11


March 13


March 18

Direct Instruction Model – Student Led Discussion

E-journal #8: Methods (due 3/21)

E-discussion thread #5 (due 3/28)

March 20


March 25

Problem-Solving Models –Student Led Discussion

Unit Brainstorming

E-journal #9: Evaluate your teaching (due 3/28)

Prospectus for UNIT (due 4/3)

March 27

E-Portfolio Writing Time


April 1

Action Research

E-journal #10: Legal Responsibilities/Case study (due 4/4)

E-discussion #6 (due 4/11)

April 3

Legal Aspects of Teaching


April 8


E-journal #11: Assessment (due 4/11)

April 10


April 15

Micro-teaching #2

E-journal #12: How’s it going? (due 4/18)

E-discussion #7 (due 4/25)

April 17


April 22

E-Portfolio Writing Time

Unit Work Time

E-journal #13: Open (due 4/25)

April 24

Discussion/Viewing of Video from in-school teaching #2


April 29

E-Portfolio Writing Time

Unit Work Time

E-journal #14: Ending the semester with your Ss (due 5/2)

E-discussion #8 (due 5/18)

May 1

Presentation of Units


Final Exam Week

Everything Due!

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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.

  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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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