Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Putting it all together for your next lesson

During the month of March, you will visit other classrooms. Ask your teacher to help you set up visits within your school, or talk directly to teachers you know. You can even switch with another student. Complete this chart for each visit you make.

We will also start planning for our next lesson (which can be small group).

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book study ideas

Excellent teachers (and well-rounded individuals in general) read to expand their understanding, so you are going to select a book tied to education in order to broaden your horizons. For your first book study, take notes and complete the following tasks (combined into one book reflection S'more):


  • Pretend you are a reviewer of professional learning books for Amazon. Tell teachers why they should read the book you selected. Include the major take away lessons.  (at least half a page) 
  • Write a reflection of how the principles/ ideas/ stories/ etc. connect to or impact you as a student and a learner. (a page or more)
  • Anticipate how you could use the pedagogy in the book in your current classroom placement or in your future classroom or work environment. How does your cooperating teacher model the principles in your book? (a page or more)
  • As you read, write down the questions that run through your brain. Select the questions that focus on big ideas (not small details that get answered at some point in your book) and detail them for the group. (at least half a page)

Books that your colleagues are reading: 






































Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Governmental Influences on Education

So far this semester, we've examined:

  • the history of education in the US (chapter 7, semantic features analysis)
  • educational philosophies (chapter 8, quiz, semantic features analysis, essay)
  • social and cultural factors that impact education (poverty analysis from last semester, chapter 9, jigsaw learning with Google presentation)
Today, we are going to look at the governmental influences on education. In a S'more or infographic, please synthesize the important information about the government and education. You can examine chapter 11, but these sites might give you more specific information: 
You also need to make sure that you explore each president's take on the ESEA of 1965 (for example, No Child Left Behind). This is a good place to do a compare/ contrast graphic organizer or perhaps a timeline.

Here are some other ideas:

  • What does the Secretary of Education do? What are Betsy DeVos's ideas?
  • Common Core vs. state standards
  • Federal funding vs. state funding
    • expenditure per pupil
    • teacher salaries
  • Teacher standards


Friday, January 6, 2017

Educational Philosophies

An educational philosophy is a set of principles or ideals that guide the way teachers teach. There are 5 big ones in American education. As we are thinking about how we got here, it's a good idea to examine the 5 philosophies and determine which one best matches your teaching practices.

Step 1: We'll take a quick quiz and do some reflection.

Step 2: You'll examine at the big 5 philosophies.

Step 3: Write your Philosophy of Education using the guidelines below. This paper will be due on January 18th--the same day as your dual credit applications.


Directions: Education majors are almost always required to write one of these at some point (and sometimes for job applications), so this is a head start for you. You will update this at various times over the course of your career (and probably at the end of the semester)--your ideas and experiences should always be evolving. Not planning on being a teacher? This is a good reflective activity for you.


Please address all of the areas listed below. You do not need headings (although you may include them), but you should write a multi-paragraph essay and transition smoothly between ideas. Most philosophies are one to two pages in length, single-spaced. You may title your essay “Philosophy of Education.”
Topics to address:
  • What is the purpose of education? Based on our examination of the different philosophies, which best fits your personal view of education? How do you (or will you) express that in your classroom? Please do not define each philosophy.
  • What are your beliefs about how students learn? Consider:
    • instructional strategies
    • classroom management
    • assessment and student data
    • curriculum design/ learning standards
    • student background
  • What sets you apart from other pre-service teachers? Why should an employer consider hiring you?
Your essay will be scoring using this scoring guide.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How we got here, your book study, and dual credit information

Welcome back! As we begin this final semester, it's time for some of you to start thinking about dual credit through UCM. Information about dual credit can be found here. Please look over the forms with your parents and let me know if you are going to register online. The cost is $85 per credit hour (a total of $340 for you--a bargain!). You will be registering for 2 classes:

  • EDFL 2100: Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3 hours)
  • FLDX 2150: Introductory Field Experience (1 hour)
Registration is due January 20th. Please, please check with your university or college before you register. You want to make sure your school will accept the credit for this class.


Class content for today:
1. We've examined some of the major issues with our educational system, so now it's time to look at how we got to this point. Today we are going to delve into our college-level textbook to explore the "History of Education in the United States" (chapter 7 starting on page 193).

First, skim the chapter to look for these important concepts:
  • Most important individuals in the history of education
  • Most important concepts 
  • Big events
When you have an idea of what you'll be reading about, start a mind map with a small group. Your mind map (which is just a fun way to conceptualize your reading) needs to include: 
  • a graphic organizer that shows the similarities and differences among the educational systems in colonial America, the 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, and the 21st century. This is where your understanding of important concepts becomes important. What are the 4 or 5 things you want to examine in your comparison?
  • drawings or representations of each time period listed in the previous bullet
  • the top 5 most important or most influential people in educational history and why you believe they are important
  • the top 5 "events" in education
2. The second thing you need to start thinking about is your professional book study (which will be due right after spring break).  This assignment ties into our last unit on professionalism. Excellent teachers (and well-rounded individuals in general) read to expand their understanding, so you are going to select a book tied to education in order to broaden your horizons. For your first book study, take notes and complete the following tasks (combined into one book reflection S'more):

  • Pretend you are a reviewer of professional learning books for Amazon. Tell teachers why they should read the book you selected. Include the major take away lessons.  (at least half a page) 
  • Write a reflection of how the principles/ ideas/ stories/ etc. connect to or impact you as a student and a learner. (a page or more)
  • Anticipate how you could use the pedagogy in the book in your current classroom placement or in your future classroom or work environment. How does your cooperating teacher model the principles in your book? (a page or more)
  • As you read, write down the questions that run through your brain. Select the questions that focus on big ideas (not small details that get answered at some point in your book) and detail them for the group. (at least half a page)
I will be assessing you on the following Missouri Core Competencies for Education and Training:

Academic Foundations
Explain [and apply] a variety of instructional models to enhance learning achievement.

Communications
Write effectively for a variety of audiences, purposes, and contexts.

Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
Use critical analysis to evaluate and respond to educational perspectives, [policies, and procedures].

So what will you be reading? Almost all of the books on this list will work (no poetry or coffee table books for the purposes of this assignment, but please read them for your own purposes). In addition, I recommend the following:

  • Brain Rules by John Medina--Not just for learning and teaching, but for life. Medina changed the way I think about everything I do. I should probably read it again. This one would be great for readers who like science and research, but he makes it accessible for just about everyone. 
  • The Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide by Erin Gurwell--Especially good for those who want to teach high school English. You might want to read the memoir first (or watch the movie)--very honest, very emotional.
  • Green Beans and Ice Cream by Bill Sims--My friend is currently reading this for her job in the business world. I think it would be a great read overall if you're looking for ways to motivate people. 
  • Fish! by Stephen Lundin--Another one recommended by my friend. This book is about the employees at the famous Seattle fish market. It also focuses on improving morale and motivation. There are three companion books as well. 
  • QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller--This one was recommended by a teacher in our building. Sounds like an awesome read for anyone!
  • When Kids Can’t Read—What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6–12 by Kylene Beers--I actually haven't read this one, but I would like to. The reality is that more and more students struggle with basic reading skills, and secondary teachers need to know how to address those issues. 
  • Testing Is Not Teaching: What Should Count in Education by Donald Graves--This is another one that I will be exploring with you. I saw Graves speak at a conference a few years ago. He has a really refreshing take on education. 
  • The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers by Nancie Atwell--Another book by Nancie Atwell that changed my classroom practices. 
  • Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning by Peter Johnston--A great book for building your classroom community and building up your students as learners and people. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A few more things before the final...

We've been analyzing what works and doesn't work in education. Let's tackle three more readings:


Your final will require you to synthesize much of what we've done this semester. It would be a good idea to jot down the articles you liked best, refresh yourself on the Ted Talk, think about Waiting for Superman and Poor Kids, and reflect on your experiences in your EIP classroom and your high school classes. You may refer to your analyses and articles during the final.