Monday & Wendesday 8 - 10 a.m.
Course Objectives: The successful participant in the course will be able to:
One measure of your success in the course will be determined by your success in demonstrating your knowledge of the skills and tools necessary to be an effective educator.
As you complete the assignments for this class, you will demonstrate skills from the following five categories:
Planning and Instruction (200 points)
Class assignments, etc. (75 points)
Class Contributions, Attendance and Mentor Feedback (25 points)
Final Exam (50 Points)
Total Points (350 points)
F below 69%
All assignments must be attempted to be eligible to receive an A or B. All field experience hours must be documented to be eligible to take the final examination and receive a passing grade in this course. Five points per day late will be deducted on all assignments. All assignments (including planned lesson, taught lesson, journal entries etc.) will not be accepted three days past the due date unless there are extenuating circumstances. Assignments may be submitted electronically in extenuating circumstances.
Taught lesson, including reflection on how it went, must be turned in NO later than three days after the lesson is taught. It is important to reflect on how well your lesson went or did not go in a timely manner.
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 using the email function of WebCT. 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.
Attendance: 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. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. Candidates will receive a grade of F on the third absence and this F will apply to all block courses. After the second absence from the course it is mandatory that a student schedule an appointment with the course instructor to discuss attendance. Failure to schedule and attend a conference will result in the grade for the course being lowered by one letter. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make up any missed work. A summary of a missed class cannot be provided via email. 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 children, parents, teachers, and staff). If you must miss your field experience for any reason, you are expected to call the school and the teacher you are observing before school begins for the day. You must also contact the course instructor by e-mail or phone to let me know you will not be present and arrange a time with me when we can discuss the most appropriate way to make up that absence. 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.
In the event that a class member is absent, for whatever reason, that individual assumes responsibility for contacting the instructor to account for missed work and to turn in work. If a student is going to be absent, they have the responsibility to contact the instructor to turn in assignments and obtain copies of any handouts from the missed class. Tentative assignment due dates are listed on the course schedule. While the actual due dates may vary due to the flow of the class, all assignment due dates will be finalized and announced in class well in advance of the specific date. Unless there has been advance approval from the instructor, it is assumed that all assignments will be submitted on the date they are due. Late work, unless arrangements are made by the student and approved in advance by the instructor, will not be accepted.