College of Science & Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences
Fall Semester, 2009
Course: Teaching Science in the Elementary School: SCIE 376 Thursday, 12:30-4:20
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Haines Office: 315 Smith Hall Office Hours: M, W 10-12
Phone: 410-704-2926 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalog Description: Application, analysis, and integration of science teaching skills in the elementary classroom. Field experience in local schools.
Course Description: SCIE 376 is a four contact hour and three credit hour upper division course required in the Elementary Education program. Using a complete unit of instruction, TU students will learn science content and teaching strategies for hands-on /discovery science lessons. Cross-discipline aspects will be stressed. Thinking skills and group learning techniques will be incorporated. Application of course work will take place in elementary or middle level classrooms throughout the semester, within a supportive teaching and learning environment. Students will teach sequential lessons to the same group of 4-7 children, working as a team with the classroom teacher in preparing equipment, designing and implementing writing activities, setting up learning centers, monitoring students' notebooks, adapting lessons for individual learners, and completing other integrated science teaching tasks.
Although the science content of the curricula used in SCIE 376 will vary according to specific school placement, the assignments and model components of the course will remain the same. SCIE 376 is designed to give prospective elementary teachers an opportunity to work intensively with a small group of children over time in order to see how children integrate sequential science information, acquire process skills, and develop positive attitudes toward science. These experiences will allow TU students to use this information to shape their own science teaching practices.
As part of your preparation for becoming a teacher, you will be expected to act in a professional manner. This includes:
Attendance & Punctuality: Class time is used to clarify and
extend concepts.. Class will be
interactive in nature and it will be difficult to make up in the event of an
absence. Be on time and donít
leave early. Students are expected
to attend every class. Genuine
emergencies may be excused; otherwise grades will be lowered in proportion to
the number of classes missed. Each
absence will result in a five point deduction from the final grade. If a genuine emergency occurs which causes an absence, give
an explanatory note to the instructor on the first day of return to class.
Participation: Participation doesnít mean simply attending class.
Participate in the class discussion and activities by making meaningful
comments. Ask questions!
Preparation: You are expected to be as prepared for class as the regular classroom teacher.
Respect: Be considerate of others. Behave
in a professional, ethical manner.
Attitude: Be curious, flexible, organized, and patient- all
characteristics of good teachers.
Academic dishonesty: Please refer to your student handbook for Towson University's policy regarding cheating. As a preservice professional, you are expected to behave as such. Instances of academic dishonesty may result in failure of the assignment and possibly of the course.
Late Assignments: Unless you are unable to turn in an assignment due to an emergency of which I have been made aware of in advance, late assignments will be reduced by one letter grade.
(Specific dates TBA)
1. Pre-classroom activities (30-40 minutes)
2. Classroom activities (70-90 minutes)
3. After-class activities (30 minutes)
4. After-school classroom teacher coaching time (30-40 minutes)
Assessment: Below is a list of all assignments expected of you as you complete your practicum. Rubrics for all assignments can be found on this website. Your final grade is determined by dividing points earned by points possible.
1. Writing activity: Both team and individual writing activities are worth 40 points.
2. Bulletin board is worth 40 points.
3. Unit assessment is worth 60 points.
4. Team reflection paper is worth 100 points.
5. Folder monitoring of your students is graded S/U.*
6. Affective checklists are graded S/U.*
7. Learning center is worth 40 points.
8. Weekly journals are worth 5 points each.
9. Your final exam is worth 100 points.
10. Your intro and conclusion are worth 100 points.
11. Your team lessons and team organization are graded S/U*.
12. Quizzes are worth 20 points each.
*Each grade of "U" drops your total points accumulated by 2.top
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