Learning Tasks / Assessments
(see the list of learning tasks for a full description of each assignment)
1. Paper: What Is Your Passion? Points: 25
This paper should describe something about which you are passionate: a hobby, sport or area of study. This will be your first writing sample and will provide a link for developing your teaching methods. A detailed description of the task and a rubric for evaluation are included in this syllabus. Addresses Standards #2 and # 4.
2. Research Presentation Points: 40 (20 point rubric weighted by 2)
Student will identify a question pertinent to new teachers, research it and present their information to the class using cooperative learning structures. Addresses Standard #1, #9 and #10.
3. Lit. Discussion notes and reflection, 'Because of the Kids'. 15 points
Addresses standard #3; diverse learners.
4. Year Plan: 25 points
Students will identify a plan for their course that outlines the year. Includes placement of all standards appropriate for the course and all key questions and topics. Addresses Standards 1,2,3,4, & 7.
5. Unit Plan Points: 140
This is a major project and will span the course of the semester. This written plan links your content knowledge with your ability to plan teaching strategies and curriculum appropriate for students in your content area. Addresses Standards 1,2,3,4,7, & 8.
6. Communication Individual Learning Plan & Communication Log
(evaluated before practicum = 12 pts.
This log will include WEEKLY entries which describe the learners experiences, struggles and new understandings as they work to meet the action plan developed to improve their communication skills.. Addresses Standard #9.
7. Questioning Skills Points: 15
Each student will lead a class discussion to hone their questioning and discussion skills. Each individual will plan the questions, interaction process and assessment for this discussion and reflect on the effectiveness of his/her work. (Students will sign up for individual times.) Addresses Standards # 9 and 2.
8. Philosophy Statement Points: 20
This paper revisits your philosophy of teaching for your content area and incorporates your perspectives on classroom management as a culminating summary of what you believe about teaching and learning. You will also include in this paper your rationale for why your students should study the subject matter you are going to teach. Addresses Standards #2, 4, 5, & 10.
8. Portfolio P/F
Your portfolio is a collection of your work that demonstrates your ability to meet the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice. Portfolio entries for a minimum of one standard need to be in place prior to student teaching. Course requirement for EDU 351 is to complete one standard as directed by instructors.
9. Participation P/F
Professionalism demonstrated in all class interactions by preparation for class, joining in the discussions/activities and prompt attendance. Addresses Standards #9 & 10.
10. Professionalism P/F
Student will use the professionalism rubric to self evaluate their work in relation to these expectations. The instructors will also use the rubric and the final grade will be a synthesis of these scores.
Total points = 292
Grades will be assigned using 10% for each letter grade category