Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
Knowledge and Skills: [measure]
Candidates describe ways to facilitate the learning of challenging Candidates by applying behavior and learning theory in a virtual classroom environment. (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3c, 3e) [contextual factors project, exams]
Candidates are punctual and attend class regularly. They arrive on time for classes and other professional activities and regularly attend all classes and related experiences.
Reading is an essential element of this course. All assigned texts should be read carefully and notes should be taken. Candidates are responsible for the content of all assigned reading and are expected to participate actively in (informed) class discussions of the reading.
Discussions are conducted online and allow students to test their understanding of concepts related to teaching and learning and to broaden their perspective by interacting with other students on relevant topics.
The Movie Report provides access to a wider and richer source of teaching related knowledge and an opportunity to reflect upon what has been learned in class and the reality of the classroom. Book Reports are based upon either fiction or non-fiction books about teaching or teachers who work in high schools and are 2 page reports relating the contents (characters, setting, etc.) of the book to topics and issues discussed in this class. Book Reports are presented to the class on the due date.
The Contextual Factors Report is a written report that demonstrates an awareness of the contextual factors that influence teaching decisions. It is based upon virtual teaching contexts and includes a description of a school, the community it serves, and a classroom.
TExES PPR Preparation is integrated into the course and aligns course content with the state licensure examination. Educational Psychology addresses many of the standards measured by the Professional Pedagogy and Responsibilities TExES. TExES preparation involves direct instruction in TExES biases and the use of practice questions for the PPR exam. A complete practice Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility exam for 8-12 and EC-12 certification is completed toward the end of this course, followed by discussion and review.
Examinations include periodic quizzes, the mid term exam, and the final exam. All are multiple choice cumulative examinations that mimic the licensure exams in style.
Movie Report = 10 points
Contextual Factors Report = 20 points
Online Discussion = 20 points
Quizzes = 5 points each (40 points)
Mid Term Exam = 15 points
Final Exam = 30 points
F= below 60%
Written assignments are submitted electronically in MSWord or Rich Text File format. Specific requirements and details regarding content and style are provided in the course syllabus.
Late work is not accepted.
The professional blocks are about learning the behaviors and dispositions related to the teaching profession. Professional educators are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, as a teacher candidate, your prompt and regular attendance is expected. I do not "excuse" absences. If you are not able to attend, for any reason, you will be counted absent. I will not remind you of your absences or warn you of consequences. On your 4th absence, you will be dropped from the course and a fitness (for the teaching profession) report will be filed.
Other Class Policies
As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled. If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled. If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.
"By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a 'limited right' in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The 'limited right' shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes." (Student Handbook)
Plagiarism is defined as claiming credit for the work of another or improper/inadequate citation and documentation of sources of information (ideas) or direct quotations. Plagiarism is a serious form of academic dishonesty. If you are found to have committed plagiarism in this class, you will be dropped from the class with an F.