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Syllabus SP12 EDUC 204

  1. 1. Carol Billing Office: Aspen Classrooms Building, Rm. 122 208.562.3391 Elementary Education Families, Communities & Culture EDUC 204 – W01W Spring 2012Course DescriptionThis course examines the interactions of schools, families, communities, and diversecultures as a basis for reflecting on the social context of learning. Nonparticipant K-12classroom observations are included. Students are required to complete and pass abackground check. (This course includes Portfolio Entry: Diversity Statement ofInformed Beliefs. This class addresses Idaho Core Teacher Standards 3, 6, and 9.)PREREQ: ENGL 101Course Schedule Online, asynchronous Students are expected to check into class approximately three to four times a week Runs a regular semester from 1/17/12 -5/11/12Course Objectives  Understand systems theory  Identify three leadership/parenting styles  Identify major roles of a teacher (i.e. leader, mentor, manager, planner & motivator).  Discuss the importance of peer groups, mass media, & community services.  Discuss the ecology of families, parenting, schooling, and teaching.  Discuss socialization methods and outcomes.  Learn teacher language and concepts such as ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), “with-it-ness”, learned helplessness, etc.Teacher Education Core PrinciplesPrinciple 3: Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs: The pre-service teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse needs.Principle 6: Communication Skills: The pre-services teacher uses a variety of communication techniques tofoster inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in and beyond the classroom.Revision date: 1/16/12 1
  2. 2. Principle 9: Professional Commitment and Responsibility: The pre-service teacher is a reflective practitioner who demonstrates a commitment to professional standards and is continuously engaged in purposeful mastery of the art and science of teaching.Outcomes Assessment: Student Learning Outcome Assessment ExamsLearning Outcome: Students will demonstratetheir attitudes and knowledge as a foundation Teacher Interviewforunderstanding the diversity among students Observation Summary Assignmentin school. (ICTS 3) SIB ExamsLearning Outcome: Students will identify howschool, family, and community interaction can Teacher Interviewbe used as a basis for understanding cultural Observation Summary Assignmentdiversity. SIB ExamsLearning Outcome: Students will identify howschool, family, and community interactions can Teacher Interviewbe used as a basis for extending learning Observation Summary Assignmentopportunities of children (ICTS 9) SIBLearning Outcome: Students will demonstratehow to make appropriate adjustments in Observation Summary Assignmentplanning, delivery, and assessment of SIBinstruction to meet students‟ diverse needs Teaching Presentationand experiences. (ICTS 3) Exams Interview SummaryLearning Outcome: Students will demonstrate Observation Summary Assignmenteffective communication skills. (ICTS 6) SIB Teaching PresentationActivity: Statement ofInformed Beliefs Diversity SIBEssay (Portfolio Entry).Textbook &Materials  Child, Family, School, Community – Socialization and Support (8th edition) By Roberta M. Berns ISBN: 978-0-495-60325-2  Memory Stick  Binder & place to keep class notes (notebook or paper in binder)Revision date: 1/16/12 2
  3. 3. Student ContributionsThe average student can expect to spend approximately 6-9 hours per week preparingfor this class.Observation Summary AssignmentCourse Work:Assignments are completed using information from the textbook, resources linked orposted to Bb, class lectures, handouts and group assignments. To see assignment duedates, check your course calendar or „My Grades‟ on Bb. All assignments will besubmitted via Bb unless directed otherwise by your instructor. If you do not see theassignment link in Bb, the assignment is late and cannot be submitted. I will notaccept late assignments or those that are emailed.After the first week of the semester, if the student does not log into theBlackboard (Bb) class, submit assignments/communicate with the instructor, Iwill withdraw the student for lack of attendance.As a three credit, 16 week course, students should schedule up to 12 hours per weekfor this class.Course RequirementsExams: There will be three tests comprised of, but not necessarily including: multiplechoice, matching, true/false and essay questions.Portfolio Entry: Statement of Informed BeliefsInterview: The student will interview acertified practicing K-12 TEACHER. The interviewmust demonstrate relevance to any topic found in the textbook. Write an essay in MLAto describe your experience. Be prepared to discuss.Teaching Presentation: The student will create a lesson plan and PowerPoint or Prezito teach a concept from the text.Observations: Each student will spend 10 hours in a classroom observing theinteractions among the school population and analyzing the school culture. Eachstudent will complete presentationregarding the observations. Be prepared to discussthe progress of your observations in class.Observation Summary Assignment: Each student will present a summary of his/herobservational experience, theories witnessed in use and general information about theobservation experience.Office HoursMy official „office hours‟ are listed on Blackboard under Faculty Information. AdditionallyI am always available for appointments and questions via e-mail.Revision date: 1/16/12 3
  4. 4. Attendance Policy  Attendance is critically important for this class. I have high expectations for the work submitted. In order to comprehend concepts, theories and how assignments should be competed and submitted for full credit, you must check into Bb three times weekly and contribute/collaborate.  It is the student’s responsibility to drop the course.During the first two weeks of the term, a student may drop a course or completely withdraw without its being recorded on the students official transcript. After the first two weeks a “W”will be recorded in any course the student drops. A student who stops attending but fails to drop or withdraw from the course will be given an F grade. NOTE: No course may be dropped or withdrawn from after 75% of the course or 12 weeks of the term has elapsed, whichever is earlier. An Incomplete (I) grade may be available in the event that unexpected circumstances prevent the completion of the course after the 12th week.Behavior:  You are expected to conduct yourself in a positive and professional manner in this class environment. All other class members should be treated with respect.  You will receive a warning concerning inappropriate behavior. If the behavior persists, you will be referred to the Office of Student Enrichment, and if the problem persists it may result in removal from the course.ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:All work submitted by a student must represent his/her own ideas, concepts, andcurrent understanding. All material found during research must be correctly documentedto avoid plagiarism. Cheating or plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and violationsmay result in disciplinary action ranging from failure of the assignment to failure of thecourse. Repeated acts of academic dishonesty may have more severe institutionalramifications.GradesA combination of lecture, demonstration, homework, exercises, and projects will beused in the class. Lectures, text readings, homework, Bb exercises, and projects will beused as preparation for assessments. Grades for this class will be based on a straightpoint total, calculated in Bb.The final grade will be based on the following percentage: 90 - 100% = A 80 – 89% = B 70 – 79% = C 65 – 69% = D 0 – 64% = FRevision date: 1/16/12 4
  5. 5. As a general rule I do not give Incompletes. However, to be eligible for an Incomplete,a student must have an A for the class and have most of the class work completed. Iwill only consider awarding an Incomplete if a student meets the above criteria and hassome extreme emergency situation. In such cases, a student requiring an incompletemust submit a written appeal with full rationale to the instructor at least three weeksprior to the end of the term.Course EvaluationsStudents are strongly encouraged to complete course evaluations at the end of thecourse. Evaluations are very important to assist the teaching staff to improve thecourse. Evaluations are available at Evaluations becomeavailable two weeks prior to the end of the course. The last day to complete anevaluation is the last day of the course. During the time the evaluations are open,students can complete the course evaluations at their convenience from any computerwith Internet access. When students log in, they should see the evaluations for thecourses in which they are enrolled. Evaluations are anonymous. Filling out theevaluation should only take a few minutes. Your honest feedback is greatlyappreciated.If 80 percent of the class completes their evaluation, everyone in theclass gets extra credit.Drop PolicyIt is the student’s responsibility to drop the course. Students are responsible foradding and dropping courses. At the end of the first week of class, faculty may dropstudents for non-attendance up to census date. Beyond census date, it is the student‟sresponsibility to drop any course he/she does not intend to finish. Students who stopattending a course without filing a drop request may receive a grade of F.CWI E-mail and Blackboard AccountsAll registered CWI students receive a college email and Bb account. Every course atCWI has a Bb component. It is the student‟s responsibility to access both accountsregularly to avoid missing important messages and deadlines. Bb can be accessedthrough the icon on CWI‟s home page: Email can be accessedthrough the login page at Your default password for both Bb andemail accounts will be the first letter of your firstname in CAPS + first letter of your lastname in CAPS + “logon” in lower-case letters + last 4 digits of your SSN; if you don‟thave a SSN, then use the last 4 digits of your student ID number (Ex: Jonathan Smith‟spassword would be JSlogon1234).Library and Information ResourcesThe CWI Library is located in room 209 of the Nampa Campus. Online library andinformation resources, including electronic databases, are accessible through the libraryweb page at Student login instructions are available on thelibrary home page.Revision date: 1/16/12 5
  6. 6. Special AccommodationsStudents with disabilities who believe that they may qualify for accommodations in thisclass are encouraged to contact the One Stop Student Services Center and discuss thepossible accommodations with an Enrollment Specialist. If you have a diagnosedLearning Disability, please initiate this contact as soon as possible to ensure that suchaccommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. Please contact the One StopStudent Services at 562-3000 or Room 107 – CWI Main Campus.Course CalendarSee course calendar uploaded in a separate document to Bb Special Notes for Online LearningPersonal technical skills required to take an online course Communicate via email including sending attachments Navigate the World Wide Web using a Web browser such as Internet Explorer Use office applications such as Microsoft Office (or similar) to create documents Be willing to learn how to communicate using a discussion board and upload assignments to a classroom Web site Be comfortable uploading and downloading saved files Have easy access to the InternetHardware and software requirements are clearly stated Personal computer / laptop with Windows operating system Microsoft Office 2010 (See or Google “Microsoft Ultimate Steal” for student pricing)Email turn-around time All emails and text messages will be answered within 24 Mon-Friday, no responses on Sat/Sun.Assessment turn-around time and feedback All assignments will be graded within one week of due date All projects will be graded within two weeks of due date Feedback on work will be posted in the Blackboard grade book or directly on assignment in Bb.Netiquette expectationsTaken from: @ 1. Participation — unlike classroom settings, you can’t just ―show up‖ and expect to pass the class. An online class is a community, and as such all are expected to participate. Discussion posts, opinions and feedback should be thoughtful and well-articulated so that everyone can enjoy a fun learning experience.Revision date: 1/16/12 6
  7. 7. 2. Procrastination — do not wait until the last minute to do your work! Taking an online course means working with technology, and sometimes it can fail you. Work ahead of schedule so that any problems can be taken directly to the instructor for help, without losing time. 3. Sharing — ideas, opinions and experiences should be shared with the whole community. Classmates may post questions on the Discussion Board, which you may be able to answer. Don’t keep information to yourself; in a community, everyone works together for the good of the whole. 4. Proofread – before you press the SEND button, think about what you have written; you can’t take it back! A response to a classmate, a discussion post, an email to the instructor, make sure that you have said what you meant and that you mean what you said! 5. Express — classmates and teachers cannot ―see you‖, so you have to be clear. Sarcasm, concern and other emotions are lost in an online environment if there is not enough information to back the statement up. 6. Feedback — give feedback to your classmates and be open to theirs. Online classes function best when everyone is involved in the learning process. 7. Respect — do not put down anyone’s ideas or thoughts, also state your own opinion in a way that is not hostile or overwhelming. Respect your classmates and they will respect you! 8. Caution – be careful about statements that may come off as derogatory, racist or inappropriate for the classroom setting. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. 9. Cheating – treat the class like an in-room course. Do not cheat; it only hurts your learning opportunities. 10. Work hard! — to get the most out of it, you’ve got to put your best into it! Work hard and achieve results!Revision date: 1/16/12 7