EDMG 342 (Sec - Morehead State University

Professional Education Unit
Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education
EDUC 482 – 301
M 12:30 – 3:20 online, W Field Experience
Fall 2013
Dr. Kimberlee A. Sharp, [email protected]
601-D Ginger Hall, Phone (606) 783-2853
Office Hours: M W 9:00 – 11:00, others by appointment.
Course Description: This course provides pre-service teachers the tools and knowledge necessary to
establish an organized, well – managed classroom in grades 5 – 9, and to develop an understanding of
educational assessment terms and methods. Completion of required field experience in the middle
grades (5 – 9) setting is an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher
Education Program (TEP) & EDEM 330.
Required Field Experience Hours: 25
“Community Engagement: A Light to and from the Mountains”
The Professional Education Unit at Morehead State University delivers rigorous, high quality programs
that prepare professionals informed by best national and international scholarship, plus research,
literature, and experiences specific to Appalachia- preparing professionals to improve the schools, quality
of life, and the communities in which they live and serve. This statement is not only the strategic mission
for the College, but it also incorporates the conceptual framework that guides all our activities.
Conceptual Framework Outcomes (CFO’s):
The Unit and the faculty within individual programs assess the degree to which its graduates:
1) Master the content knowledge, professional and the twenty – first century skills need to make an
optimal contribution to “whole” student learning in education settings.
2) Are competent in the collection and use of data to inform decision – making and to demonstrate
accountability for student learning.
3) Demonstrate professional dispositions
4) Are culturally competent and understand the regions from which they have come utilizing knowledge
and experiences to effectively “bridge the gaps” (economic, achievement, and geographic) ensuring
optimal learning for all students.
5) Engage in authentic field experiences in collaboration with committed school – based partners and are
empowered to improve the quality of education throughout this region and beyond.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): By the end of this course, the candidate will be able to:
1. articulate major trends and current issues in the areas of classroom / school management and
climate and assessment affecting middle grades classrooms today;
2. identify and explain the impact of student diversity (i.e., SES, ethnicity, ability, sexual
orientation, etc.) on the implementation of effective classroom management and achievement
(assessment) in middle grades classrooms today;
3. explain the interconnectedness of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and their effect on
classroom management and student achievement (assessment);
4. describe attributes of middle grades learning environments conducive to the achievement of all
5. analyze whole – class instruction for teacher – student and student – student interaction patterns
and assess overall classroom climate;
6. identify conditions for and causes of discipline problems and establish a plan for prevention and
7. differentiate between classroom management, classroom organization, and behavior
management and explain their correspondence to student achievement;
8. differentiate between and explain several discipline and classroom management models.
9. describe various assessment and evaluation methods used in middle grades classrooms and
schools today;
10. develop a summative assessment using Bloom’s Taxonomy and analyze student results and the
quality and validity of the test questions.
11. design one’s own classroom management plan and assessment plan illustrative of his / her
teaching values.
Required Textbooks:
Charles, C.M. & Charles, M.G. (2003). Classroom Management for Middle Grades Teachers.
ISBN 978-0205361281.
Internet Learning Skills and Technology Requirements:
You are required to possess basic computer and internet skills and to have daily access to a computer
possessing specific technical requirements so that you can communicate with me, access the Blackboard
course site, and retrieve readings on electronic reserve. If you expect to well in the course, you will also
need the skills associated with successful online learning. These skills include:
1. Technology Skills. You must have basic computer skills and be proficient in using word
processing software to create documents and manage files on a personal computer. You must be
proficient in sending emails, because you will be communicating with me. You must be proficient
in MSU Blackboard and using all features of the Blackboard 9.1 course platform, because your
course announcements, syllabus, and assignments will be posted there. We will spend much of
our Monday on-line class meetings using Blackboard Collaborate. You must become familiar
with its use, and have a camera on your computer. Finally, you must be proficient in accessing
the MSU library's electronic reserves and databases to retrieve articles in .pdf format using
Adobe Acrobat Reader, if your assignments require you to analyze and write about them.
2. Technology Requirements. You must have daily access to a personal computer that meets the
technology requirements for this course. You can get these requirements by contacting IT at
[email protected] . The MSU Distance Learning home page also has student
support for help with using Blackboard at http://help.blackboard.com/student/index.htm. It is best
to use Internet Explorer as your browser.
3. Online Learning Skills. You should be a self-motivated and self-disciplined person who is able
to carefully read instructions, communicate through writing, take the initiative if problems arise,
commit as much time per week to this online course as you would in an on-site course, accept
analytical thinking as part of the learning process, and complete your assignments on time.
1. Course Content Questions: If you have questions about course content, contact me through
email at [email protected] My response time: since this is an internet course, I will
respond to an email within 24 hours.
Blackboard Questions: If you have questions about accessing the MSU Blackboard course
site, contact MSU Helpdesk at (606) 783-5000. The new Help Desk hours are: Monday –
Thursday 7:30am-6:00pm and Friday: 7:30am-4:30pm
Course Evaluation:
The candidate’s course evaluation will be determined by in – class and out – of class assignments, to
include: lesson plans / reflections, field experience observations, quizzes, exams, and papers. The
course evaluation is based upon 1,100 to 1,200 points. The instructor expects all assignments to be
turned in on time, in Blackboard, using Times New Roman (12 font) or Arial (10 font) on all work. ***
Explanation of assignments and their point values are explained in the following two tables.
NCATE/ EPSB Accreditation Alignment of CFO’s and SLO’s:
Program: Middle Grades (5-9) Classroom Mgmt. and Assessment (EDUC 482 - 301)
Aligned with
(point values)
Attendance /
participation on
meeting days (150)
CFO: 3
SLO: n/a
Discussion boards,
Blogs, Wiki
assignments (100 –
^Field Experience:
Evaluation (50);
Yellow Card and
CT Evaluation (50)
CFO: 1 - 5
SLO: 3 – 10
Field Experience
Activity Log (200)
CFO: 4
SLO: 2 – 4
Analysis Project
and WIKI
Presentation (100)
CFO: 1, 4
SLO: 1 – 4, 7, 8
Article and Text
Readings (100)
7, 8, 9, 10
1, 2, 3, 7
2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Reform Act
2.14 – 2.20
2.16, 2.17, 2.19
2.14 – 2.20
Standards Board
assessment, literacy,
achievement gap,
achievement gap,
assessment, literacy
assessment, literacy,
achievement gap,
assessment, literacy,
Association for
Middle Level
Standard 5 d.
Standard 1a & b;
Standard 2 a, b, & c;
Standard 3 a & b;
Standard 4 a – d;
Standard 5 a – d.
CFO: 1- 5
SLO: 1 - 10
Mid-Term Exam
CFO: 1, 2, 4
SLO: 1 – 10
Classrm. Mgmt. /
Discipline Book
Review and Peer
Final Exam (150)
CFO: 1, 2, 4
SLO: 1 – 10
2.14 – 2.20
2.14 – 2.20
achievement gap,
assessment, literacy,
achievement gap,
assessment, literacy,
achievement gap,
Assignment Descriptions:
Program: Middle Grades
Assessment (point value)
(5-9) Classroom Mgmt. and Assessment (EDUC 482 – 301)
Attendance / Participation on
synchronous meeting days
Discussion boards, Blogs,
Wiki assignments (100 – 200)
Attendance is an important professional disposition within the College of
Education. Attendance at all class meetings and Field Experiences is
required. ***Please read “Attendance Policy” below.
These will be assigned on an as – needed basis to stimulate conversation and
understanding of course material. Some synchronous meeting days may be
short in order to allow for more time for you to work on these assignments.
The candidate will visit the public schools 10 times (2.5 hours each) during
the semester. These visits will include observation, instructor – assigned
activities (Dr. Sharp), teacher – assigned activities (your cooperating teacher
CT), and small – group instruction. The candidate will consult with his/ her
CT for appropriate classroom activities. ***Complete assignment details in
Blackboard. ^Failure to complete Field Experience for this course will
automatically result in an “E” for the course and will prevent you from
entering Clinical Practice.
The Professor and CT will assign specific activities for the candidate to
conduct in the classroom which are related to the course content. The
candidate will provide evidence of completed activities in a written log as
found in Blackboard. *** Complete assignment details in Blackboard.
The candidate will work with his / her CT in identifying a topic for which to
develop a summative assessment. Your original summative assessment will
be criterion – referenced and will contain questions corresponding to all
levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. You will conduct an item – analysis for each
question on the assessment. The candidate will prepare a WIKI in
Blackboard to report out his / her findings. *** Complete assignment details
in Blackboard.
The candidate will complete up to 10 (10 points each) reading assignments as
the Instructor deems necessary throughout the semester. *** Complete
assignment details in Blackboard.
The mid-term exam will apply to course lectures, Field Experiences,
readings, and activities. ***Will be take – home and completed in
The Instructor will assign each candidate a book pertaining to a specific idea
or issue about contemporary classroom management, discipline, school
climate. The candidate will develop a voice – over powerpoint and will
respond to 2 classmates’ presentations. ***Will be take – home and
completed in Blackboard.
^Field Experience:
Instructor Evaluation (50);
Yellow Card and CT
Evaluation (50)
Field Experience Activity Log
Assessment Analysis Project
and WIKI Presentation (100)
Article and Text Readings
Mid-Term Exam (150)
Classrm. Mgmt. / Discipline
Book Review and Peer
Final Exam (150)
Grading Scale:
90% – 100% A
80% – 89% B
70% – 79% C
60% – 69% D (repeat course per TEP Handbook)
0 - 59% E (repeat course per TEP Handbook)
Attendance Policy: Attendance at both class meetings and field experiences is an MSU College of
Education Professional Disposition on which all pre-service teacher candidates are evaluated.
Therefore, attendance is a requirement for this course. The candidate may be excused from only two
synchronous class-meetings/ school field experiences. Every candidate begins the semester with 150
attendance points. The student loses 50 points for the 3rd excused or unexcused absence. Fourth
excused/ unexcused absence results in a loss of 50 points. Students missing 5 or more days receive
zero points for attendance. Missed Field Experiences MUST be made up by the candidate, and are
arranged by the candidate.
Links to Websites for NCATE/ EPSB Alignment:
http://www.kyepsb.net/teacherprep/standards.asp This site contains the revised KYS.
es/Teaching+Tools/Combined+Curriculum+Documents/default.htm This site contains the KERA
Combined Curriculum Documents 4.1 (Academic Expectations, Program of Studies, and Core Content for
Assessment with DOK Levels).
http://www.kyepsb.net/teacherprep/cart/themes6.asp This site lists the four themes of pre-service
teacher preparation that are integrated within this course.
http://www.amle.org/ The Association for Middle Level Learning website.
Academic Honesty
Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism or helping others to commit these acts will not be tolerated. Academic
dishonesty will result in severe disciplinary action including, but not limited to, failure of the student
assessment item or course, and/ or dismissal from MSU. If you are not sure what constitutes academic
dishonesty, read the Eagle: Student Handbook or ask your instructor. An example of plagiarism is
copying information from the internet when appropriate credit is not given. The policy is located at
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In compliance with the ADA, all students with a documented disability are entitled to reasonable
accommodations and services to support their academic success and safety. Though a request for
services may be made at any time, services are best applied when they are requested at or before the
start of the semester. To receive accommodations and services the student should immediately contact
the Disability Services Coordinator in the Office of Academic and Career Services, 223 Allie Young Hall,
606-783-5188, www.moreheadstate.edu/acs/
Campus Safety Statement
Emergency response information will be discussed in class. Students should familiarize themselves with
the nearest exit routes in the event evacuation becomes necessary. You should notify your instructor at
the beginning of the semester if you have special needs or will require assistance during an emergency
evacuation. Students should familiarize themselves with emergency response protocols at