Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Your BIG Assessment

On Thursday, April 27th, we will take the Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification in Education Fundamentals. Your exam is 2nd and 3rd hour. Please let your teachers know that you will miss. Makeups will happen Friday or next week.

The link to the exam is easy to access, and on the day of the assessment, you will be given a user name and password. The exam must be completed in one setting, but it is not timed. No phones are allowed. When you finish the exam, please show the proctor your score to receive a pass back to your regular class.

Review the learning theorists, the guide in the previous post, and the matching activity from today. Think smart on the day of the test, and take your time. You should also check over each question before you submit. If you pass the assessment, you may print your certificate until June 30th by viewing your completed assessments.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The 3 things you need to focus on before you graduate

1. Teaching a really great mini-lesson. Complete the lesson planning guide before your lesson, and let Ms. Taylor know when she can observe you.

2. Completing your classroom comparisons, filling out the matrix, and writing your analysis from the questions at the bottom of the matrix. 

3. Preparing for the national skills assessment that we reviewed today. You can find all of the information that I have access to here. This 70 question test will be your final exam. 

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.