General Course Information for MAT643: Models of Teaching

Course: MAT643 - Models of Teaching
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Course Description: This course explores how a variety of teaching models and learning theories are applied in the instructional contexts. Specific application of some models and theories will be discussed in this course and presented in student-designed curriculum projects.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast at least four different models of teaching/learning, explaining their appropriate usage in a variety of classroom settings specifically addressing diverse student populations and students with special need.
  • Conduct and analyze a classroom observation in the PK-12 setting to include a description of: the learning environment, students, social interactions, academic content, educational materials, instructional strategies, and assessment used to monitor learning.
  • Design and develop an effective instructional plan, teaching materials, and assessment instruments to measure the achievement of student learning outcomes within a standards based unit.
  • Develop and describe effective methods for increasing student learning outcomes by integrating technology applications.
  • Analyze and reflect on instructional strengths and needed areas for improvement based on the State Standards for the Teaching Profession and/or the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Five Core Propositions.
  • Evaluate and discuss classroom applications of current research on effective teaching.
  • Select and explain the application of effective strategies for developing learning communities within schools/classrooms and for building professional relationships/networks.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze diversity issues in education to support equity pedagogy, social justice, and community collaboration.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and active reflection to evaluate and improve professional practice.
  • Apply information literacy skills to inquire, research, teach, and learn.
  • Build learning communities within their school/classroom.
  • Build professional relationships/networks.
  • Conduct action research in their teaching.
  • Use multiple teaching models and assessment strategies.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures