School of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder Syllabus for EDUC 5355 – Methods and Materials in Secondary Social Studies Spring 2015 Instructor: Kent Willmann Meeting Time: Wednesdays 4:307:00 pm Location: EDUC 338 Phone Number: 3035061861 Email: [email protected]
Office: EDUC 130 googledocs: [email protected]
Office Hours: Wednesday 34 pm by appointment
Course Overview This course is designed to build your competence in multiple social studies instructional methods and your awareness of the vast resources available to social studies teachers. We will be taking a “principles in practice” approach, focusing on teaching techniques designed to help more students meet more standards. Creating a teaching toolkit full of techniques and materials to choose from is an appropriate metaphor. By combining Colorado Performance Standards for Teachers, the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), newly revised and adopted Colorado Social Studies Standards, and a host of research based and classroom tested instructional methods we will help you build a repertoire of teaching skills useful in multiple social studies classrooms. Writing lessons, units and, in particular, assessments designed to engage diverse students and to produce multiple measures of their learning will constitute large parts of your work. Adding layers of classroom management, grading practices, classroom organization, and planning systems that enhance learning will begin to round out the complex art of teaching. All this will be in service of building on students’ strengths and guiding them to developing new knowledge, abilities and ways of thinking. Implementing and honing your teaching skills in a practicum setting, accompanied by focused observations of professional teachers provides real life opportunities to immplent our learning. Increasingly teaching is becoming a collaborative exercise. Gone are the days of a teacher closing the door and doing whatever she wishes. Parents, communities, colleagues, administrators, governments and students all have legitimate interests in what and how standards are being learned. The benefit of teaching teams often leads to swifter responses to these demands. With this in mind, many of our tasks will be completed in teams, yet individual responsibility will remain for meeting performance standards. What a wonderful journey you are embarking on. Teaching is full of rewards and heartaches; it is lifelong learning at its’ best. Your first few years will some of the most difficult of your lives. Yet, talk with almost any veteran teacher they will tell you that they are just beginning to understand how to do this job well. There is a Colorado social studies assessment, but it barely touches on our more powerful, authentic and crucial test….creating people tasked with “the safe depository of the ultimate powers of society”. That is your challenge.
Required Text: You will form book clubs around these 2 of these 4 books. Each of you will pick two. All are fine additions to any professional teacher’s library. Related chapters are listed in the syllabus. U.S. History Activities: Interactive Learning Strategies, Zola & Schukar. Classroom Instruction That Works. Marzano. ASCD Fair Isn’t Always Equal. Wormeil. Stenhouse Publishers Teach Like a Champion. Lemov. JosseyBass Teacher
Online Resources: *Methods and Materials web page. This page will be home to most of our stuff. Online Discussions and Grades will be kept on D2L. *Methods and Materials google docs folder This google doc site will host much of our course materials. *NCSS and ASCD Smartbrief sign up for these aggregators as they offer updates on social studies and curriculum matters. *Chalkbeat – Colorado – Sign up for this online source for education news in Colorado. *www.ikeepbookmarks.com/willmann password=willmann. Links to resources for all kinds of social studies courses and general education resources can be found in the folders. Feel free to use them as you wish. You will want to bookmark this set of bookmarks. *The Colorado Social Studies Facebook page will also host resources. *Other required readings to be posted on in googledocs or shared in class or by email.
*You should also consider joining NCSS and CCSS our professional organizations. A reduced rate for students is available. Grades: We will use a 70% 30% system. 70% of your grade will be based on assessments designed to meet Colorado Quality Teaching Standards. 30% of your grade will be based on other activities and assignments that provide less direct evidence of meeting Colorado Quality Teaching Standards. Most assignments will be graded on a 10 point scale. 910=A/Advanced, 8=B/Proficient/Satisfied, 7=C/Partially Proficient, 56=I/Incomplete.
Major Course Assignments – 70% Practicum To earn a passing grade for this course, you must successfully complete the associated practicum experience. Successful completion involves attending practicum every week (and making up any missed hours), receiving positive evaluations from your practicum teacher regarding your capable classroom performance, and completing all required practicum assignments. Professionalism – You are embarking on a professional career and are expected to exhibit workplace behaviors that bring credit to the profession and its’ institutions. The CU professionalism rubric will provide valuable guidance. More specific expectations will be shared and required for successful completion of the practicum. Practicum Assignments *Personal Professional Development Practicum Plan – This comes in a form of a letter to your practicum cooperating teacher. Include a brief description of yourself as a teacher, the practicum requirements of this class, contact information for me and 2 other professional goals you have selected for the experience. These goals should come from the list of standards for this course. *Practicum Lessons Two full lessons and three minilessons. We will be making use of videotape for the lessons. See more information below.
*Practicum Observations and Reflections – The topics for these will be assigned as we work our way through the course and are likely to include management strategies, open and closings of class periods, working with struggling students, IEPs and 504s, grading, class discussions, parent involvements, classroom geography, visits to other classroom, etc.
Role of Practicum in Course Grade Full participation in practicum is a course expectation. Successful completion of EDUC 5355 is dependent upon successful completion of your practicum experience; in other words, if you don’t pass practicum, you won’t pass this course. Successful completion of practicum involves full attendance each week (or making up any missed hours/days), acceptable evaluations by your practicum teachers, and competent performance on fieldbased assignments from this course. This course requires 56 hours of practicum attendance. Student Academic Profiles Select 5 students from your practicum classrooms. At least one, preferably two students, should qualify for some sort of specialized approach. Try to select as diverse set of students as possible. For each prepare a one page academic profile that includes such things as favorite and least favorite classes and teachers, examples of academic success and struggles, preferred learning methods, extracurricular activities, academic history, future plans, testing information, etc. Base the profile on several kinds of data including conversations with the student & teachers, your own observations, test scores, grades, etc.. This is designed to be a learner profile; detailed personal information from the student is not required or necessary. Please be aware of your mandated reporter responsibilities.
Practicum Lessons – Mini and Full During the practicum you will need to conduct at least two full lessons that take most of the period. The lessons will be videotaped. One lesson should focus on students acquiring information in some way (reading, lecture, online, primary sources, etc.) and the other should focus on students producing (writing, speaking, drawing, etc.). Each should be prepared in line with edTPA guidelines and tailored for specific students . You will also be expected to complete at least 3 additional mini lessons. These can be warmups, document analysis, reading debriefs, group discussions, technology based tasks, basically anything short of a whole class period. They should be at least 10 minutes in length.
Standard Analysis A formal examination of what standards require students to know and/or do based on the Colorado Social Studies Standards, NCSS’s C3 Framework, Common Core Standards and other standards documents.
edTPA Task 1 Plan Learning Segment We will be implementing the edTPA planning protocol. This is the same tool you will use for a work sample in student teaching. The Teacher Performance Assessment is an effort to identify effective classroom performances that raise academic achievement for all students. A standards based curriculum unit or several learning segments. Major Requirements: 35 class lessons, 2
forms of assessment, focus on groups +/or individual students. Use the TPAC forms and rubric. This will be a partner based assignment. Details will be shared in class.
Half Course Assessment Plan This is a one to two page syllabus for a traditional secondary social studies course. The plan should link units of study, major assessments, and course standards. The assessment plan should represent a body of evidence of student learning using 3 or more forms of assessment. Online Resource Research A review of 10 online learning resources for teachers and/or students. The review will focus on practical and effective application of the resource. Each review should detail the purpose of the site, how it applies research proven teaching techniques and include web shots. The other option is a 710 page formal research paper examining research into effective social studies methods. The last page must include 5 specific ideas/techniques for using the methods in class. These should be practical pieces, worthy of your colleagues reading time. These will be shared with everyone in class. Masters Plus Students Masters Plus students are expected to incorporate current Social Studies/Education research extensively into the class. This will largely take the form of reporting on selected or assigned readings, applying research results into class assignments and identifying/analyzing research based practices in practicum. Discussion Based Participation – All students will participant in several discourse based assessment opportunities for grades these may include debates, Socratic seminars, scored discussions, online discussion forums, and/or structured academic controversies. Other Significant Assignments – This will be a major portion of the 30%. This list is subject to change throughout the course. Readings & Assignments Articles and other tasks will be assigned from time to time. These will be included in course emails and on the announcement page. Book PresentationYour book group will be responsible for continually helping us see how the ideas discussed in the book relate to our work. Assessment Sampler An analysis of a wide variety assessments used in social studies. Civic Engagement Task and Reflection – Let’s get real here. Spend 35 hours engaged in some civic minded pursuit and document what you learned about government, social issues, group efforts, or any other social studies related topic. This is wide open to all kinds of opportunities. Class Rules and Work Habit Standards – A description of your rules for governing classroom behavior and how you will handle student work habits such as due dates, homework and group activities. In Class Gradebook – We will practice grading and collecting information about student progress. Reading and Writing Minilessons based on key literacy teaching principles. Colorado Council for Social Studies Conference – We will attend the CCSS Annual Conference held each spring.
Class Participation –Nothing like doing social studies with social studies people! Partake in class experiences please. Reading assignments and other tasks will shared weekly.
Attendance We need to practice the behaviors we expect in our students. Missed classes will affect your grade. Students who must miss class need to inform the instructor in advance, if possible. Make up assignments will be expected and usually will be online experiences. The professor has discretion over attendance policies. Students who miss class are responsible for assignments listed on the syllabus and any assignments announced in class. Please be on time, we will start and end promptly.
Mandated Reporters Mandated reporters are individuals who are obligated by law to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. Any person who has contact with children in a professional capacity is a mandated reporter. Mandated reporter laws are designed to catch child abuse in its early stages, so that children do not suffer longterm damage. All teacher licensure candidates are a mandated reporter. http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprevention/download/pdf/child_abuse_manual_2002.pdf Disabilities: If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs may be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services at 3034928671 or by email at [email protected]
The office of Disability Services is located in N200 Center for Community, http://www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices/ If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Medical Conditions: injuries, Surgeries, and Illnesses guidelines under Quick Links at Disability Services website and discuss your needs with me. Observance of Religious Holidays and Absences from Classes or Examinations: Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to reasonably and fairly deal with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled examinations, assignments, or required attendance. In this class, I will make every effort to accommodate all students who have such conflicts with scheduled examinations, assignments, or attending class, provided you notify me well in advance of the scheduled conflict. Full details are available at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html Classroom Behavior Policy: Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. See relevant policies at http://www.colorado.edu/classbehavior.html and at
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These can change please check class announcements and email for updates frequently
DATE 1/14 Class 1
1/21 Class 2 1/28 Class 3 2/4 Class 4 2/11 Class 5 2/18 Class 6 2/25 Class 7 3/4 Class 8 3/11 Class 9 3/18 Class 10 4/1 Class 11 4/8 Class 12 4/15 Class 13 4/22 Class 14 4/29 Class 15 Class 16
Class Topics *Introductions *Educated Citizen *Professional Practicum plan *Standards: Selection, Ranking, and Analysis *Performance Assessment *Structures *Rubrics *Assessment to Lesson *The Essential Nine *Differentiation Visit *Homework & Work Habits *Classroom Management *Love and Logic *Differentiation *Primary Resources *Classroom geography *Grading *Writing *Culturally Responsive *Claims & Evidence *Discussions *Reading *Role plays *Controversial issues *Media Literacy the News *Groups *Projects in the classroom *Textbooks *AP/IB/Core Knowledge *Media in the classroom *Songs art films radio *Social Studies Conference
Resources Readings Greatest Generation Readings
Wormeli Section I Activity 15 Zola
Practicum Professional Development letter
Wormeli Section II Assessment Activity 610 Zola
Standard Analysis President Day Idea Online Discussion1
Chp.1 & 2 Marzano Chp. 14 Lemov Activity 1117 Zola Chp. 4 Marzano Chp 79 Lemov
Obs #1 Routines Assessment Sampler
Chp. 3 Marzano Activity 1826 Zola
Lesson 1 Plan edTPA Plan Choice Online Discussion 2
Wormeli Section III Grading Chp. 8 Marzano
5 Student Academic Profiles Due
Chp. 9 Marzano Activity 2732 Zola Chp. 49 Lemov
Lesson 1 Due
Chp. 5 & 7 Marzano
edTPA Plan Draft Online Discussion 3
Chp. 1012 Lemov
Lesson 2 Plan
Chp. 6 Marzano
Obs #4 & 5 Choice
*Field Trips real and virtual *Geography lessons *Economics lessons *What to expect: Panel Presentation * Final TBD
Chp. 10 Marzano
Lesson 2 Due Online Discussion 4
edTPA Plan Revisions Due
Shared Final Interview
1st class assignments School Mythology Citizenship
Obs #2 Content Half Course Assessment Plan
Online Resources Due Obs #3 Grades
edTPA Plan Due