This class meets at Hirschi High School in room 115 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:40-10:30.
Specific learning objectives for the course derive from the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards (EC-Grade 12). This course provides teacher candidates with a knowledge base of the environment in which they may teach. Satisfactory completion of the course will document that students have demonstrated the ability to:
The faculty of the West College of Education expects students to be reflective, culturally sensitive practitioners and leaders in the profession of education who promote and maintain a high level of competence and integrity in practicing their profession.
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction—this includes, but is not limited to, pagers and cell phones. Electronic communications devices will be turned off anytime the class member is in the school building—in our classroom or in a field experience classroom. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class and a Professional Fitness Form will be filed for review with the college.
Point values for specific assignments are as follows:
Planning Projects (Lesson Plans)
Lesson Plan 1 (Started in Class)
Lesson Plans 2, 3, 4 (Due two days after lesson is taught)
Lesson Plans 4 @ 25 points 100 Points Teaching Evaluations 3@140 points each 420 Points
Learning Reflection 3@ 15 points 45 Points
Lesson Observation 3@ 25 points 75 Points
Final Exam 100 Points
Total Possible Points 740
Evaluation and Grades
A = 665-740
B = 592-664
C = 518-591
D = 444-517
F = 0-443
Submitted Work Correct spelling and use of appropriate grammatical skills are expected on each written assignment or project. All projects are to be typed and utilize an appropriate style. Assignments are to be accomplished with the quality expected of an upper division university student. Unacceptable work will be returned, un-graded, to the class member. Students should always retain a copy of any work turned in for a grade.
In most cases, student work will be submitted electronically to the course instructor. Explanation of the procedure and process of electronic submissions will be presented in class. In some cases students will be expected to submit assignments electronically and bring a hard copy of the assignment to class for class discussion and group work.
Late work is not accepted.
Absence Policy - Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class, and to stay for the entire class. This includes classes with the mentor teacher. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. Candidates will receive a grade of F for both block courses on the third absence from either course. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make up any missed work. It is also expected that you will complete all course field experience hours in a professional manner. Professional conduct is expected when observing or participating in school settings (e.g., dressing appropriately, arriving on time, remaining for the entire pre-arranged time, not canceling, and demonstrating respect in all interactions with young people, parents, teachers, and staff). If you must miss your field experience for any reason, you are expected to email the school (Dr. Shannon Hill) and the teacher you are working with before school begins for the day. You must also contact the course instructor by e-mail and arrange a time with me when we can discuss the most appropriate way to make up that absence. READ THIS: If you do not contact the school AND mentor teacher due to an absence, you will be dropped with an F.
Excessive tardiness (determined by the professor) can be defined as an absence and subject to the absentee policy. Three instances of tardy arrival will be counted as one absence.