This course will explore the intersection of theory and practice as it pertains to elementary school classrooms. Specific topics will include curriculum development by exploring and practicing the varied approaches of teaching elementary school mathematics, science and health. There is an emphasis on the use of concrete learning aids and practical experience in local elementary school classrooms. Areas to be covered include objectives and evaluations of math, science, and health education, and learning theory. This course requires a non-credit field placement experience.
The purpose of this course is to highlight the interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education. Construing education broadly to include both school and non-school enterprises, the course aims to deepen students' awareness of the social context and social implications of various educational activities. The course draws largely from the disciplinary lenses provided by the social sciences and the humanities, encouraging students to develop their capacities to examine, understand, and evaluate educational policies and practices. The graduate-level course requires independent accelerated additional coursework appropriate for the graduate level.
During the final semester of the undergraduate program, the portfolio, based on the 11 Missouri Beginning Teacher Standards and the Rockhurst Department of Education Standard 12, is submitted, evaluated, and presented using Live Text. An Education Department faculty member who will read and evaluate both the initial and final submission of the portfolio will be a student?s portfolio coach. The portfolio coach will also work individually with the student to prepare for the oral portfolio defense. Meetings between the student teacher and portfolio coach will be scheduled as needed. Corequisite: ED 4900.