SECONDARY EDUCATION 426/415

Principles and Issues of Secondary Education

COURSE SYLLABUS

Spring 1997

Instructor: Dr. Gayle Allen
Office: N103 Lagomarcino Hall
Phone Number: 294-8814
E-mail Address: gga@iastate.edu

Office Hours: MW 10:00-11:00 and 1:00-2:00;TTh 9:30-10:30 Other times can be arranged by appointment

Required Texts:

Comprehensive Classroom Management by B.F. Jone

Course Reading Packet is available at Copyworks on Welsh Ave.

Reserved readings are in the IRC in Lagomarcino and Parks Library

Course Description:

Principles and Issues of Secondary Education (SecEd 426) focuses on a variety of issues that confront the professional teacher in the 1990's. Through class discussions, case studies, cooperative learning, and peer projects, we will work toward developing our understanding of the multiple perspectives in education in order to enhance our knowledge to teach students in the 1990s. The class will be divided into two major sections: "The Teacher as Student Advocate" and "The Teacher as Professional."

The first half of the course will examine in detail some of the major issues in education today from the point of view of the "teacher as student advocate and mentor." We will study the adolescent as a sexual being, examine teaching to individual differences, including the theory of inclusion of special education and gifted and talented students in the "regular" classroom and how we can adapt this theory to our classes, and the school culture in both the traditional and alternative schools. We will explore how positive learning environments can work to alleviate many discipline problems and what strategies we can acquire to apply when we need to change student behavior.

Within the "Teacher as Professional" division we will examine the expectations of the profession and how teachers can grow and develop in the field. We will examine the complex legal and cultural relationships among teachers, students, administrators, support personnel, and parents.

General topics to be covered:
  1. Schools and the Law
    1. Teachers and the law/Mandatory Reporters
    2. Students and the law
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Evaluation and Assessment
  4. Special Needs Learners: Special Education, Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students
    1. Current laws and practice
    2. Curriculum modification and accommodations
  5. Current Issues such as school vouchers and sexual harassment policy

Course Requirements and Evaluation for Course Grade

Discussions/Readings

This is a senior seminar class where you will be expected to take a major role in generating discussions based on course readings and critical thinking. For our class discussions to be focused and meaningful, your classroom contributions should be based on ideas arrived at through appropriate readings, interaction with others, and personal reflection. One of the goals of this course is to create a learning community where diverse ideas, thoughts, and debate on the issues in education can be freely expressed. You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of a variety of issues by your class participation, journal entries, and exams.

Attendance is strongly encouraged and a portion of your grade is based on being in class.

Evaluation and Assessment

Please record and keep track of your own grade. If you are in doubt about an assignment or the resulting grade, see me immediately, it is your responsibility to let me know if you have questions. These are the planned requirements for the semester. If circumstances arise, the number of points possible may need to be adjusted.

Requirements Points Possible Points Earned

1. Quizzes100 _______
2. Group Presentation 200_______
3. Professional Portfolio 300_______
4. Attendance/Participation 100_______
5. Reflective Journal 100_______
Total 800 _______

"A"(95%-100%) 760 to 800 points
"A-"(90%-94%) 720 to 759
"B+"(87%-89%) 688 to 719
"B"(83%-86%) 664 to 687
"B-"(80%-82%) 640 to 663
"C+"(77%-79%) 616 to 639
"C"(73%-76%) 584 to 615

If at any time you are concerned about your grade or your standing in the class, please contact me and arrange a time to discuss this matter.

Tentative Schedule: Quizzes and assignments TBA

Week One

(1/13-1/15)

Introduction and requirements for the course

Understanding today's adolescent Student Teaching - Dr. Myrna Whigman 415 Required Day

Week Two

(1/20-1/22)

Ch. 1 pp 1-11 and Ch.2 (Resume and Cover Letter)
Week Three

(1/27-1/29)

Schools and the Law (Reserved Reading)

Students "At Risk" (Course Packet) Mandatory Reporters - Booklet from DHS (Speaker)

Week Four

(2/3-2/5)

Special Needs Learners Curriculum Modification ( Course Packet and Ch6 and pp 422-425)
Week Five

(2/10-2/12)

Special Needs Learners (Speaker) (Ch. 11)
Week Six

(2/17-2/19)

415 Required Day Dr. Barbara Licklitter
Week Seven

(2/24-2/26)

:

Reentering the school culture as a teacher [ Ch. 3]

Working with Parents The use of parents as resources and allies (Ch. 5) Newsletter

Week Eight

(3/3-3/5)

Classroom Management Course Packet and Ch. 9 and Ch. 10]
Spring Break (Mar10-14)
Week nine

(3/17-3/19)

Discipline

Working with Administration (Speaker)

Week ten

(3/24-3/26)

Discipline (Rules and Management Plan)
Week eleven

(3/31-4/1)

Issue Presentations
Week twelve

(4/7-4/9)

Issue Presentations
Week thirteen

(4/14-4/16)

Issue Presentations
Week fourteen

(4/21-4/23)

Law [Reserved Reading]

Unions/ Professional Associations

Week fifteen

(4/28-4/30)

Teacher as Researcher

Surviving Student Teaching

Week sixteen

(May 5-9)

EXAM WEEK -





Building a PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

Sec. Ed. 426

Dr. Gayle Allen

As an educator, you should find that a professional portfolio will help you organize your accomplishments and knowledge in a way that you can communicate to an employer. Throughout your career as a professional educator, you will be asked to demonstrate your abilities and competencies in searching for teaching positions and in regular evaluations. A professional portfolio can document your work and serve as a representation of your accomplishments.

Four major areas that many people consider important to successful teaching are: professional responsibility, subject matter knowledge, knowledge of students, and organization and management of classrooms. It is around these areas that you should build your portfolio. As a final project in this class, you will submit your portfolio for evaluation. The items listed under each category have a point value or an *. The * items are additions you will want to add later. If you have other ideas or suggestions, please feel free to use them and personalize this assignment in your own style.

  1. Professional Responsibility. Teachers are responsible to students, parents, community, and school administration. This section of the portfolio should reflect your awareness of this responsibility. (90pts) It could include:
    1. Resume (20 points) Include:
      1. Evidence of leadership roles in projects and/or jobs
      2. Involvement in community organizations
    2. Cover letter (10 points)
    3. Statement of teaching goals and educational philosophy (20 points)
    4. Letter of introduction to parents (20 points)
    5. Sample classroom newsletter to parents using "Writing Center" or other desktop publishing software (30 points)
    6. Evaluations from cooperating teacher and principal (*)
    7. State Certification/License/Endorsements (*)
    8. Picture of you in your classroom (*)
    9. Video tape of you teaching a lesson (*)
    10. Honors and awards (photocopy) you have received (*)
  2. Teaching Artifacts and Reflections (90pts)
    1. Overview/summary of a unit you have written with rationale as to why you would like to teach it. (10 points)
    2. consecutive lesson plans (10 Points)
    3. A sample test for the unit which includes at least 5 different types of questions (20 points)
    4. Authentic assignment/assessment and scoring rubric (10 points)
    5. Evidence of integration of technology in teaching (20 points) [Ex. Knowledge of internet, spread sheets, power point,]
  3. Knowledge of student-specific pedagogy (40 pts)
    1. Curriculum differentiation for gifted and talented (30pts)
    2. Curriculum accommodation for special needs students ( 30pts)
  4. Classroom Organization (30 pts)
    1. Classroom rules and discipline plan with rationale (30 points)

Compiling your portfolio - Organization and Appearance (40 points) A.) Use a large 3-ring notebook with page covers. (10pts) B.) Use a table of contents and dividers (5pts) C.) Word process (10pts)

Add brief statements, or captions, to identify and explain content for each section (15pts)

Remember your audience will be your potential employer. Make this a portfolio you can use.

Small Group Presentation/Discussion

200 Points

SecEd. 426 Fall 1996

Your group of 2 or 3 will be assigned your 1st or 2nd choice (if possible) of an educational issue that you have chosen to study. Your group will create and present a 45minute presentation/discussion on this issue. ALL presentations must include at least 25 minutes of class discussion, at least one visual, and a summary handout of the important information.

THE PLAN

Research the topic (10 points) At least five resources from each person in the group. These can be interviews, articles on ERIC/Scholar, newsgroups on internet, www pages, news magazines, or professional journals.

Research Summary ( 30 points) Each member of the group will write a paragraph summary of each of their resources (at least 5) as background information for the issue presentation. (5 different summaries for each team member)

Presentation/Lesson plan (50 points) As a group you will write a lesson plan for your issue presentation. This plan should include:

Individual Reflection Paper (30 points) (Due the class period after your presentation)

A self evaluation of your teaching. Write a one page reflection after the presentation discussing the following questions:

Page 2

Presentation ( 55 points for class presentation and 25 points for team evaluation - Total 80 points)

THE EVALUATION OF THE GROUP PRESENTATION

You will receive two grades for this presentation. One will be my evaluation of the group presentation. I will look for evidence of the following: that you have researched, read, and understand the issue, that you contribute to the knowledge of the class, that you have practiced, and that the presentation is well received by your classmates. I will look for approximately equal contributions from each member of the group. Your creativity in the presentation and efforts to make the subject interesting to the class is important. A very important part of my evaluation is how you involve the class, your questioning skills and how you achieve rapport with your classmates. (55 points are possible)

Sample Evaluation: LowAverage High
Involvement: All team members contribute and understand material 3510
Organization: Evidence of following plan, Discernible order, coherence of ideas 3510
Originality: Creativity; efforts to make subject matter interesting to class 3510
Teaching Techniques: Involvement of class; questioning skills 5815
Evaluation average from classmates 3510

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Total points __________

The second grade will be given to your by your team members. Each person on the team will score everyone else on the contribution they made to the group. You can get as many as 25 points. This scoring will be by secret ballot. I will take the average of the points that the other team members award you and this will be added to your group grade to give your oral presentation grade. Ex. If your group grade is 50 and the average score your team gives you is 22, you will receive 72 points for this presentation grade.

Sample Team Member Evaluation:

Name of Team Member __________________

Social Security Number # of Evaluator________________________

Low AverageOutstanding
Team member was a valuable member of the team who showed skills in team work and contributed to an effective presentation.
135
Team member was attentive and accepting of ideas and suggestions that other group members made.
135
Team member attended all scheduled meeting
135
Team member helped organize and plan the presentation 135
Team member contributed to the ideas for the presentation 135

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Name of Team Member __________________

Social Security Number # of Evaluator ________________________



Name____________________________________

Title_____________________________________

GROUP PRESENTATION SCORING RUBRIC

5 RESOURCES10 POINTS ______
RESEARCH SUMMARY30 POINTS ______
PRESENTATION PLAN50 POINTS ______

GOAL

OPENER

OUTLINE

QUESTIONS

MATERIALS/VISUALS

CLOSURE/SUMMARY

TEAM CONFERENCE

GROUP PRESENTATION 80POINTS possible

:Low AverageHigh
Involvement: contributed and understood the issue; able to communicate knowledge 3510
Organization: Evidence of following plan, Discernible order, coherence of ideas 3510
Originality: Creativity; efforts to make subject matter interesting to class 3510
Teaching Techniques: Involvement of class; questioning skills pacing; smooth transitions 3 515
Classmates evaluation 3510

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Total Points ________
TEAM EVALUATION25 POINTS ________
REFLECTIVE PAPER30 POINTS ________
Grand TOTAL Points ________

COMMENTS:

TEACHER AS PROFESSIONAL





Personal Development AssessmentManagement

Discipline

Planning/

Organization

School Culture Other

Considerations

LegalMandatory reporters

Working with administrators

Due Process

Free Speech

Job Interview

Buckley AmendmentDocumentation Curriculum

Units

Choice of texts

Writing Exams

Drugs/Gangs

Sex Ed.

Teacher

as Researcher

Site Based

Management

Unions


TechnologyOn line Info

Support Groups

SpreadsheetsSimulation FileProWriting Center/Parent newsletter

Parents/CommParent-Teacher Meetings Parent-Teacher ConfNorms of Community:

Corporal Punishment

Newsletter

IssueUse of Parents as resources/

allies

Authentic Assessment and traditionalPersonal philosophy vs

School Dictated

Lesson Plans




Teacher as Student Advocate


DevelopmentIndividual Differences School Culture

Topics to CoverStages of Development

Middle/High School

Alternative Life Styles

Sexually Transmitted

Disease

Teenage Pregnancy

Learning Styles

Behavioral Differences

Multiple Intelligences

Accommodations

At Risk Stu

Multicultural/Diversity

Peer Pressure

Gangs/Violence

Moral Values Ed

Alternative Schools

Drugs

Gender

Legal ConcernsStudents' Rights

Due Process

Pl94-142

Buckley Amendment

Search/Seizure
Journal Entries
Technology


Activities:

Use "Writing Center" software to create Parent Newsletter

Do Interdisciplinary Unit

Reflective Journal Entries

Idea Book

Tape Mock Interview with Partner to Assess and Evaluate

Write Test questions: essay, short answer, multiple choice and true/false

Use spreadsheet to create grade reports

Sit on Panel of 3-4 to review issue and each lead small group discussion about one of four issues.

Read articles and give summary to class one week before presentation

Videos

1. HHS video on "Mandatory Reporters

2. "To Be A Teacher"

3. "Assessment"



Notes from meetings with Jeannette

A transition, a coming to understand adolescents and oneself as the basis for all theory and practice. Be able to articulate a vision.

Objectives:

Low Average Outstanding
Team member was a valuable member of the team who showed skills in team work and contributed to an effective presentation. 13 5
Team member was attentive and accepting of ideas and suggestions that the other group members made. 13 5
Team member attended all scheduled meeting. 13 5
Team member helped organize and plan the presentation. 13 5
Team member contributed to the ideas for the presentation. 13 5

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Comments:

Total points assessed:




*****************************************************************************

Name of Team Member ____________________

Social Security Number # of Evaluator ________________________


Low AverageOutstanding
Team member was a valuable member of the team who showed skills in team work and contributed to an effective presentation. 13 5
Team member was attentive and accepting of ideas and suggestions that the other group members made. 13 5
Team member attended all scheduled meeting . 13 5
Team member helped organize and plan the presentation. 13 5
Team member contributed to the ideas for the presentation. 13 5

__________________________________________________________________________

Total

Comments:

Total points assessed:


Unit Presentation/Handout

Evaluation Criteria

____The "organizing center" was thoughtfully chosen to allow depth of study .

____The inquiry questions or learning objectives describe the major concepts, strategies, and/or attitudes to be acquired from this unit.

____The are numerous resources and materials of varying reading levels used in the study of the unit

____Activities for this unit include whole group, small group, pairs and individual.

____Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are utilized.

____Evaluation techniques are planned.

___ Handout for class is organized and helpful.

___Group members worked together and shared in preparation and presentation.



Unit Presentation/Handout

Evaluation Criteria

____The "organizing center" was thoughtfully chosen to allow depth of study .

____The inquiry questions or learning objectives describe the major concepts, strategies, and/or attitudes to be acquired from this unit.

____The are numerous resources and materials of varying reading levels used in the study of the unit

____Activities for this unit include whole group, small group, pairs and individual.

____Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are utilized.

____Evaluation techniques are planned.

___ Handout for class is organized and helpful.

___Group members worked together and shared in preparation and presentation.

Small Group Presentation/Discussion

200 points

Research Summary(30)_______
Presentation Plan(50)_______
Handout(15)_______
Teacher Evaluation(75)_______
Peer Evaluation(25)_______
Reflective Paper(30)_______

Total

_______

Small Group Presentation/Discussion

200 points

Research Summary(30)_______
Presentation Plan(50)_______
Handout(15)_______
Teacher Evaluation(75)_______
Peer Evaluation(25)_______
Reflective Paper(30)_______

Total

_______

Small Group Presentation/Discussion

200 points

Research Summary(30)_______
Presentation Plan(50)_______
Handout(15)_______
Teacher Evaluation(75)_______
Peer Evaluation(25)_______
Reflective Paper(30)_______

Total

_______

Small Group Presentation/Discussion

200 points

Research Summary(30)_______
Presentation Plan(50)_______
Handout(15)_______
Teacher Evaluation(75)_______
Peer Evaluation(25)_______
Reflective Paper(30)_______

Total

_______


PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

Resume (15 points)

Cover letter (10 points)

Statement of career goals/philosophy (10 points)

Letter of introduction to parents (10 points)

Sample newsletter using desktop pub. (20 points)

Sample lesson plan (10 points)

Sample summary unit plan (10 points)

Test of unit
traditional questions
authentic assessment
grading rubric for essay
grading rubric for authentic assessment

Integration of technology in teaching (10 points)

G&T modification (25 points)

Sp. Needs modification (35 points)

Classroom rules and Discipline plan

PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

Resume (15 points)

Cover letter (10 points)

Statement of career goals/philosophy (10 points)

Letter of introduction to parents (10 points)

Sample newsletter using desktop pub. (20 points)

Sample lesson plan (10 points)

Sample summary unit plan (10 points)

Test of unit
traditional questions
authentic assessment
grading rubric for essay
grading rubric for authentic assessment

Integration of technology in teaching (10 points)

G&T modification (25 points)

Sp. Needs modification (35 points)

Classroom rules and Discipline plan