EDUC 485/488 SPECIAL METHODS IN HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECTS INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Shirley W. Jacob OFFICE: TEC #204 PHONE: 549-5242 (O) or 892-6171 (H) E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday: 8:00-9:00; 11:00-2:00; Friday: 8:00-9:00; Thursday: By Appointment TEXT: There is no single required text for this class. Students will use a variety of references. PREREQUISITES: Senior standing; full SARTE status; currently taking or completed EDUC 407. It is recommended that students take this course the semester prior to student teaching and that the student's semester course load be limited to 12 hours. You must block out the mornings from 7:30 to 11 (Monday through Friday) to accommodate field experiences in the schools. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Consideration of methods and materials in the student's teaching field. The course includes observation and field experience in the secondary school. In order to successfully plan, develop, and implement curricula to meet the needs of diverse learners in today's world and to prepare students for the future, the College of Education and Human Development has identified four critical components of the EFFECTIVE EDUCATOR: standards-based instruction (SBI), knowledge of the learner (KL), best pedagogical practices (PP), and content knowledge (CK). COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Define the term "curriculum." (CK) 2. Distinguish among, facts, concepts, and processes. (CK) 3. Conduct a search for relevant materials in his/her specific subject area. (SBI, KL) 4. When given a teaching assignment: a. write behavioral objectives at all levels of Bloom's taxonomy. b. develop student centered activities. c. develop a content outline, materials list, and a plan of evaluation for the assignment. (SBI, KL, PP, and CK) 5. Demonstrate a variety of lesson introduction and closure. (PP) 6. Demonstrate a variety of teaching methods and models. (PP, KL) 7. Discuss instructional goals currently emphasized by educational professionals in the student's area of concentration. (SBI, KL, CK) 8. Describe the nature and dynamics of various approaches to classroom management. (PP, KL) 9. Demonstrate effective questioning techniques. (PP) 10. Discuss methods of discipline, motivation, instruction, and general classroom management that are required to accommodate students as a result of various ethnic or cultural backgrounds, learning styles, sex or socioeconomic needs, or other special needs. (PP, KL, CK, SBI) 11. Demonstrate the proper use of teaching aids and instructional media in the classroom. (PP, KL) 12. Write appropriate test items for evaluating student achievement. (KL, CK, SBI) 13. Work cooperatively and progressively in group activities. (CK, KL) 14. Describe how to use information to evaluate--that is to grade, to judge student progress, to judge changes in student attitudes, and to judge the effectiveness of your own instruction. (CK, KL) 15. Describe various responsibilities as an employee of a school district. (CK) 16. Identify various styles of learning and instructional techniques for each style. (KL, PP) COURSE REQUIREMENTS PRAXIS: Beginning the Fall Semester 2002, student teachers and interns must successfully pass all required parts of the PRAXIS prior to student teaching or an internship. This includes the test titled Principles of Learning and Teaching for all majors and the specialty test when required in the major field. EXAMS: There will be a mid-term test worth 100 points and a comprehensive final worth 100 points. Tentative test dates are as follows: The mid-term test will be on or about Friday, March 18, 2002. The final exam will be as scheduled in the bulletin. LESSON PLANS: Each student must submit an appropriate number of lesson plans for each of the two assignments. Included will be lesson plans, classroom observations per assignment, daily journal entries during the teaching experience, a unit test, a supervisor's assessment of teaching, student assessments of teaching, and a personal assessment of teaching. Assignment I is worth 50 points. Assignment II is worth 100 points. LABORATORY EXPERIENCE: This will consist of the planning and teaching of two units to students in area secondary schools. Also, students will be required to make a minimum of 3 observations for Practicum I and 5 observations for Practicum II with their assigned classes. Transportation to and from the assigned school is the responsibility of the practicum student. To accommodate the schools and allow for maximum learning and teaching transition, students are required during the practicum experience to be in the classroom at the designated time 5 days each week. Therefore, adjustments made to class schedules and work schedules are the responsibility of the student. Teaching evaluations will be conducted by the cooperating teacher, the methods student, high school students, and the instructor for a total of 250 points (Practicum I - 100 points and Practicum II - 150 points). In order to receive credit for this course, a student must receive a score of 80% or better on the university supervisor’s evaluation of field experience regardless of the final EDUC 485/88 grade average. PARTICIPATION: It is important that everyone work cooperatively and progressively with each other. At times, students will be asked to participate in a variety of class discussions, activities, demonstrations and planning. Points are often given daily. The participation grade is 50 points and will be determined by the teacher. Points given for in-class participation cannot be made up. PROFESSIONALISM: Being a teacher requires responsibility and maturity. Fifty points will be given for professional behavior in the schools and in the classroom. A rubric will be used in scoring effective teacher attributes. MAKE UP EXAM, LATE WORK, AND EXTRA CREDIT: Major exams may not be made up unless cleared previously with the instructor. In such cases, the student must take the exam before or during the next scheduled class meeting. Failure to contact the instructor immediately could result in a "0" for the test. Assignments are due at class time on the due date announced in class. Failure to provide lesson plans on the designated date will result in points being subtracted from the lesson plan grade. Any other late work will receive a grade penalty. No work for extra credit will be allowed for any reason. ATTENDANCE: Attendance is crucial for an understanding of the material and is mandatory. You should contact the instructor as soon as possible regarding your absence. Whether the absence is excused or not is left to the discretion of the professor. Five absences during a semester will result in the student's semester average being lowered one letter grade. For example, if a student's semester average is "B," the recorded semester grade will be a "C." Also, it is important to be in class on time each day. Three tardies will be considered an absence. GRADING: Grades will be determined as follows: Mid term exam Final exam Participation Professionalism Laboratory Experience I Laboratory Experience II Lesson Plans (Lab I) Lesson Plans (Lab II) TOTAL A - 93 -100 B - 85 - 92 C - 78 - 84 D - 70 - 77 F - 0 - 69 100 points 100 points 50 points 50 points 100 points 150 points 50 points 100 points _____________________ 700 points A B C D F 700 - 651 650 - 595 594 - 546 545 - 490 489 - 0 The last day to withdraw is Friday, March 22, 2002. If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Student Life, Room 203, Student Union.