EDU 425/525: The Secondary School (Undergraduate and Graduate) Meets Monday 4-6:45 pm in Goddard 102 Dr. Jeanelle Day, Instructor Office Hours: M 1-3 ; W 2-3, Th 11-12:30 pm and by appointment Contact Information: Office phone 860.465.4532; Fax 860.465.5099; Home phone 860.872.6689; Email [email protected] Course Description: Examination of the modern secondary school, its organization and curriculum. Trends and issues that influence how instruction is implemented and addressed are discussed. Adaptations for a range of learners and environments are considered. Course Textbooks: Cooper, J.M. (Series Ed.). (2004). Educator’s Guide Series. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. (10 small paperback books – don’t buy if you don’t have them.) Marzano, R.J. (2006). Classroom assessment and grading that works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Marzano, R.J. (2003). Classroom management that works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy: If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of AccessAbility Services at (860) 465-5573. To avoid any delay in the receipt of accommodations, you should contact the Office of AccessAbility Services as soon as possible. Please understand that I cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until I have received an accommodation letter from the Office of AccessAbility Services. Your cooperation is appreciated. Course Objectives: Students will Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of a professional educator (CF 6.1) Develop lessons that are relevant, conceptually accurate, and address diverse experiences of their students (CF 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1) Discuss and practice classroom teaching strategies and assessments adaptive to all student abilities (CF 2.4, 5.1) Identify effective and humane teaching practices (CF 2.2) Show knowledge of organization, administration, and governance of schools Record and reflect upon teaching practice in CT CCT Course Evaluation: Attendance & Participation (25 points). Due to the nature of student teaching and the number of questions that arise while learning to teach, you are expected to attend the seminar each week. As you begin teaching, please post questions each week by Sunday evening and they will be addressed in class the next meeting. Please attempt to be on time as we will have some visitors joining the class at 4:00 pm. Also remember that your first priority is student teaching and doing all of the things your cooperating teacher is expected to do. If you have a student meeting, faculty meeting, IEP meeting or other function to attend at school, please let me know you’ll be late via email. Electronic Journal Entries (15 points). Each week, we will be having discussions related to various elements of student teaching in the course Vista site. If you have questions that you want addressed in class, please email those to Dr. Day by Sunday evening (midnight). You will also be expected to keep an electronic journal in the Vista site. These will be set up where only you and Dr. Day will have access. Each entry should reflect the following: 1) What you have been doing in student teaching during the prior week regarding the question of the week, 2) Why you did what you did, and 3) How it turned out as well as changes you would make in the future. To the extent possible, the journal discussions should address topics listed by date in your syllabus. Since only one per week is required, you should be thorough and truly reflective in your journal entries. Your journal will be read intermittently and you will not be expected to share these entries with the class. Please just put the date at the beginning of each entry and continue with your entries as a discussion thread. BEST Portfolio (60 points). Each student will be responsible for the development of a reflective portfolio. A detailed assignment description will be placed on the Vista course site and discussed during the second week of the course. The portfolio documents will be reviewed by Dr. Day and your content area faculty in the Education Department. The video tape will be shared in class during the last few weeks of the semester. Date 8/31/09 9/14/09 Topics Due Intro to course, lesson planning. Assign Classroom Profile. CCT/BEST portfolio assignment and Classroom Profile. Journal entries due weekly. 9/21/09 Teacher-Student Relationships. 9/28/09 The Student’s management 10/5/09 NCATE responsibility for 10/12/09 Bullying and Conflict Resolution 10/19/09 Training. Assessment at your school. Designing Classroom Assessments I 10/26/09 Designing Classroom Assessments II 11/2/09 Standards Online focus: list management concerns in your placement and identify specific rules and procedures in your placement classroom. Also, what specific techniques have you observed that your classroom teacher uses to acknowledge and reinforce acceptable behavior and provide negative consequences for unacceptable behavior? Complete Classroom Profile and submit online. Read chapters 1-3 in Classroom Management book. Online focus: Reflect on your cooperating teacher’s (and your) management type (dominance & cooperation levels and try not to be too harsh!). Try to determine the severe problems that might be facing some of your students (please do not use names!). Read chapters 4-5 in Classroom Management book. Online focus: Looking back at last week’s reflection about issues that might be facing some of your students, employ one strategy with one student and reflect on your “withitness”. Also: What procedures enhance student responsibility in your classroom? Have you implemented any strategies yourself and how effective have they been? Read chapters 6-7 in Classroom Management book. Online focus: Review Conceptual Framework for Education Department. Online focus: See Vista Online focus: What type of assessments are most typical in your classroom? How do the students respond? Post one of your assessments on the course website for critique. Bring to class (1 copy). Review your specific content standards (state or district). Read chapters 1-3 in Classroom Assessment book. Looking at your assessments and those of your teacher, what is the assessment type that is used most often? Develop 5 new Type III assessment items for your assessment that you brought to class last week (bring back this week). Read chapter 4 in Classroom Assessment book. Online focus: Review your specific content standards (state or district). How are the dimensions 11/9/09 Tracking Student Progress Formative Assessments & 11/16/09 Applying for jobs* – resume building, 11/30/09 12/7/09 setting up placement files (Eastern Job Center). Certification. Interviewing and Job Market* (mock interviews). within the standards unpacked? Is the scope overwhelming to the teachers? How do they deal with the issue? Describe the evaluation system at your school. Online focus: How is learning tracked in your district? How is formative assessment used? How are final scores used (are you allowed to fail students?)? What are some of your major issues with the assessment system at your placement school? Read chapter 5-7 in Classroom Assessment book. BEST project DUE. Bring resume, cover letter, references to class. Reflection: How have your classroom management strategies improved during the semester? Portfolio returned and wrap-up. *Guests will be available for the first half of the class. NOTE: A portion of each class will be reserved for open discussions, questions, and concerns. The questions you raise should be noted in your journal. This is an important part of the class, and as a service to your fellow students, you should carefully consider your questions prior to arriving at class. Be prepared to lead the discussion based on your questions.