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.
- 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.
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