Weekly outline

  • Welcome!

    Hello, and welcome to Introduction to Education. It is very exciting to be a part of this amazing pathway to education. This 2-semester course will provide you with some of the very important skills and knowledge you will need in order to work in a classroom. Since this course is entirely online, it is important that you stay on top of the daily expectations of the class. You will be asked to blog, dialogue, comment, and submit your work either on e-college or other websites. There are some assignments that will need to be scanned and sent to me, and there are some that you may want to video record and send through a youtube-type social media. All these tech requirements will come with plenty of forewarning and with many tips for getting the job done.

    There are a couple of skills we will work on in this course that you will help you be a critical reader and thinker. As educators, it is our job to teach students how to think, not what to think. With that in mind, you will be reading essays that make you think about how you would teach, how you would deal with discipline, and how you would handle classroom management. Many studies have been done to prove certain strategies work, but we have to use the ones that suit our personalities and our "bent" so to speak. Our focus, however, will always be education and all that you need to know to start working in this exciting field.

    As a part of your preparation, you must observe and interview one teacher/paraprofessional/instructional aid for one instructional period per semester. One observation should be in Special Education where you will see paraprofessionals and instructional aids at work.You may interview any teacher from preschool through high school.

    We will take you through the step by step processes you need in order to complete sample lesson plans, design bulletin boards, and demonstrate an understanding of the use of technology in the classroom. In fact, you will design an actual lesson and teach it to the appropriate class. It is expected that you will find a mentor teacher at least by the week before Thanksgiving Break, but if you find one sooner, it would be beneficial to consult him/her for advice throughout certain units of study. You will be teaching one lesson in that teacher's class, so start looking for someone in the grade/subject area you are most interested in teaching.

    Once per quarter we will meet as a class to hear guest speakers and/or address specific course expectations. We will also plan to meet for a field trip in the second semester. ( possibly a Promethean classroom or High Tech High)

    Remember to check the course syllabus for critical deadlines and due dates, and make sure you check the lessons for expectations and explanations.

    Most importantly, ask me any questions you may have. Do not hesitate to contact me at jfoss2011@gmail.com. I check my e-mail several times a day, and I am happy to respond to your questions and concerns.

    It is a pleasure having you in class. Enjoy!

    Now take a look at the syllabus, below.

  • 18 March - 24 March

    • 25 March - 31 March

      • 1 April - 7 April

        • Sept. 3 - 17

          Module 1: History of Education

          Hello, and welcome to the first lessons of Introduction to Education.  Please read everything that is printed on this page. If I say "check this out," you do not have to read that; it is there for your own enrichment. :) The rubrics for threaded discussion and for the blogs are found at the bottom of the page.

          Here are your first assignments:

          Please note that assignments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the dates they are due.

          Unit 1: Lesson 1: History of Education - Lesson 1 Reading Assignment


          dame schools


          common schools

          normal schools

          McGuffey readers


          Montessori method

          career and technical education

          disposable income


          Reading #1:
          Check out this website:  http://www.nd.edu/~rbarger/www7/
              Many of the ABOVE vocabulary terms you will be responsible for this week can be found in the "Check out this website". If you are a visual learner, this will help you.  

          Read Chapter 6 of Teaching by Sharleen L. Kato:  Chapter 6   is found at the bottom of the page.  ("The Early History of Education in America" pp. 130 - 139, 142 - 145)
              Reading #2:
          As you read "The American Progressive Period," note those ideas or statements that are surprising or new. Mark those things that you agree or disagree with. This may be done more easily if you print out the work, but it is not required. Now, click on the link below:


           The American Progressive Period


          ASSIGNMENT 1: After you've finished reading, go to "Lesson 1 Discussion--The Progressive Movement" where you will respond to your discussion board questions.  You will write about your impressions of the Progressive Movement using support from your own experiences and from your readingYou must post your response by Tuesday, Sept. 11. You must respond to 2 other posts by Thursday, Sept.13.
              Reading #3:
              (If it takes too long to open, go to "John Dewey and..." found at the bottom of the page)

               John Dewey and Progressive Education 
              ASSIGNMENT 2: After you've finished reading, go to "Lesson 1 Discussion #2--John Dewey" where you will respond to your discussion board questions.  You will respond to a quote related to this reading. You must respond to this post by FRIDAY, SEPT. 14. You must respond to two other posts by Saturday, Sept. 15.
              Reading #4: 

               My Pedagogic Creed by John Dewey -- see link, below.
              Read at least one bullet from each Article in the above document, "My Pedagogic Creed."  
              ASSIGNMENT 3: Due Dates For Assignments 3 --Post your blog by Monday evening--17th . Post your response by Tuesday--18th.

          After you've finished reading, go to "Lesson 1 Blog Assignment" where you will post your comments regarding your opinion of Dewey's beliefs and you will also respond to at least one classmate's post. Make sure you look at the rubric posted below. (Here is the link to the blogsite): http://introedmrsfoss.blogspot.com/2012/09/john-deweys-my-pedagogic-creed.html#!/2012/09/john-deweys-my-pedagogic-creed.html

        • 15 April - 21 April

          Module 2: Rousseau and Pestalozzi

          This week you are to get into a group of four and create a wiki page for Jean-Jaques Rousseau and Johann H. Pestalozzi.  Include the following:  Each man's life, career, and philosophy. Make sure you include links to your online sources (do not use Wikipedia as a source, but you should check it to see how it gives credit to it sources).  To make your wiki page, just create a page with your group name or number in the title.  Collaborate either directly on the wiki page, or through phone or e-mail contact.  Remember, you can share the page by clicking on "share this page" and typing in the e-mail of your colleagues. Every edit will be saved in the history, so nothing is lost and everything is easily changed to the desired page.


          This is due by Saturday night.

          • Sept. 17 - 24

            Module 3: Current Trends in Education

            Please note the due dates in red.

            Read Chapter 7 "The Modern History of Education in America" pdf Chapter 7 Modern History of Ed .   Please note the key terms on the first page, and enter them into your journal.

            Read Chapter 1 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by Mildred D. Taylor  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry .  Pay close attention to the details concerning school, when school starts, and who attends school.  This is a fictional account of life in the South, but are the situations realistic?

            "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was first published in 1976, and won the Newbery Medal in 1977. It is set in 1933, in Mississippi--during the Great Depression, when many people were very poor. Poverty is a fact of life for many of the book's characters. Although the Logans own their own land, many in the black community are sharecroppers. Sharecroppers are farmers who do not own the land they work. In exchange for the use of the land, the farmers must give a certain percentage of their harvest to the owner."
            SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. n.d.. Web. 22 Aug. 2011

            ASSIGNMENT 1:
             Library of Congress--Segragation 
            After looking at the above link to the Library of Congress, do you think  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, accurately portrays life for African- American students in the South? Go back to Chapter 7 and choose a decade or era in the history of education in the U.S. that you would like to further explore. Create a prezi (free on line at prezi.com), a powerpoint, or an animated film ( try xtranormal.com--there are free animations available -- for example of xtranormal go to : https://sites.google.com/site/jfossportfolio/  ). Which ever presentation you choose answer the following:

            How large was the classroom? How many students per class?

            What tools were used?

            What kinds of books were used?

            Who did the teaching?

            What were the philosophies that drove the pedagogy? (What is pedagogy?)

            Is there something you wish we still did today?

            Is there something outlandish and/or unthinkable for today's schools?

            Add any interesting details, facts, or stories that round out our understanding of your decade.

            Due on Mon., Sept. 24--upload in assignment "Presentation of Education Decade/Era" below. Here is a link that might be fun and might help you create an "authentic" presentation:


            ASSIGNMENT 2:

            Go to blog and respond:  Teacher education programs at the college level generally include classes on the history of education.  What are the benefits of understanding the progression of education throughout the history of the U.S?

            As you respond, use elements of Chapter 7 and Roll of Thunder to prove your position. Remember to check the "Rubric for Blog Comments"  to see what is expected of you when you blog.

            Here is the link:  http://introedmrsfoss.blogspot.com/2012/09/purpose-for-history-of-education.html

            Post due on Thursday, Sept. 20.

            Response to at least 1 other post due Monday, Sept. 24

            • 29 April - 5 May

              (I hope all of you are enjoying your discussions, and I hope all of you are going back to see my responses. You are writing amazing things! I do want to caution you to proofread what you have written. I have been giving credit for just having done the work, up until now. From Lesson 3 on, I will be grading the quality of your response. Remember, your opinion is important; write it in such a way that all can understand what you are saying.)


              Module 4: THE TEACHING PROFESSION -- I

              Think about the teachers you have had throughout your education.  Which ones stand out in your mind.  What made those teachers people that you will never forget?  Did they make you feel capable? Did they embarrass you?  Did they work you very hard? Did you learn something from them? List the characteristics of your favorite teachers.  Now list the characteristics of your least favorite teachers.  From which ones did you learn the most?  Now, make a list of all the qualities an effective teacher must have. Save this list for your writing assignment (will be given next week).

              What you may not understand is what a day in the life of a teacher may be like.  You may also think that teachers are only found in typical school settings. Read   Qualitites of a Teacher pp. 19 - 34 . (SEE BELOW)


              Now do an online search for teaching careers.  Go to http://data.bls.gov/search/query/results?cx=013738036195919377644%3Agukk-b5cd0a&cof=FORID%3A10%3BNB%3A1&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Teachers&term.x=0&term.y=0&filter=0&sa=Search#924 to get your investigation started. (Here is the BLS page on Instructional Aides http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos153.htm)
              Fill out the Online Teaching Career Investigation Doc.  worksheet(see below) as you find the information. Here is an example of advancement from paraeducator to credentialed teacher: (copy and paste it into your browser)  http://teachcalifornia.org/pdf/Paraeducator_2012.pdf

              Be sure to upload your  Online Teaching Career Investigation Doc.  page into the dropbox. (SEE BELOW)

              Now find the average teacher salaries in four states from four different parts of the country and make a chart. Under the chart, comment on what you have found to be the factors that may influence differences in teachers' salaries? Put this in the dropbox called SALARY CHART

              All reading and all assignments are due on Monday evening, Oct. 1 by Midnight.

              • 6 May - 12 May

                Module 4, cont.: The Teaching Profession -- II

                In the textbook Teaching, the author says:

                     "Many experienced teachers will tell you that teaching is inspiring, challenging, and as unique as each student.  Every student presents an opportunity to the teacher. Since each has his or her own learning style and personality, the teacher's challenge is to determine how to best help each individual maximize learning.

                     Teaching is a career that does make a difference in the world, even though you might not feel it on a daily basis.  Because learning takes time, seeing the effects of your efforts requires patience.  Still, there are everyday victories.  You help a young child deal successfully with conflict on the playground.  A struggling student passes a tough test.  A reluctant reader chooses three books from the library.

                     As a teacher, you will see your students change.  You will see them grow physically.  You will see them make strides emotionally and socially.  You will also see them learn, day by day. 

                     Most teachers agree that seeing students develop new knowledge, skills, and confidence can be the most rewarding part of teaching.  You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you played a significant role in that process."


                There are many challenges and expectations that a teacher must meet.  One of the most important challenges is aligning lesson plans to the state standards. To see the California Common Core Standards read the link below.


                ASSIGNMENT/TEST: Write an essay on what qualities/skills a teacher would need in order to be successful. Refer to the California standards, other reading assignments you've had so far, your own experience, and your list of qualities a teacher must have. Be sure that you read and revise your essay until it says exactly what you mean. This essay will count for 2 scores, so you want to do your very best. You have until Monday evening, October 8, 11:59 p.m. to complete this assignment.

                • 13 May - 19 May

                  MID-TERM IS NEXT WEEK! (Lesson 5 is posted below the STUDY GUIDE.)


                  Choose one and write an short essay:

                  --Indicate your understanding of the progressive period.

                  --Discuss John Dewey and one of his “Articles.”

                  Define “behaviorism” and who is B. F. Skinner?

                  What is project head start

                  What is Title IX?

                  What are the main tenets (main principles) of No Child Left Behind?

                  Module 5: BECOMING A TEACHER

                  There are two blog assignments due this week.  Be sure you  review "Rubric for Blog Comments."  The blog comments should be treated as essays with a thesis statement in your introduction, and support for your statement in the body.  You should use the text not only from this week's reading assignments, but from past assignments when appropriate. Never put any new information in your conclusion, rather re-state the most important points you want your reader to go away with.  Re-state your thesis is an interesting and powerful way.  (Don't just repeat your thesis statement word-for-word from the introduction.)

                  Remember:  A thesis is the topic of your paper (found in the prompt) plus your opinion (formed from your reading, experience, and moral standing).

                  Shoot for 3 - 5 paragraphs per blog.

                  The next assignment to be turned in to the dropbox is a rhetorical precis.  Watch the videos for help.
                  You will have to carefully plan for the time it will take to do this week's assignments.  Don't wait until the last minute.


                  Lesson 5 Assignments

                  Due Date for Blog I: Wed., Oct. 10. Respond by Fri. Oct.12.

                  Read pdf:  Steps to Becoming a Teacher  (see below)

                  Go to the blog http://introedmrsfoss.blogspot.com/2012/10/importance-of-certification.html page and respond to the following: 

                  Analyze why it is important for teachers to be certified.   Think of reasons connected to the state, schools, parents, and students. Don't forget to use the rubric for blog responses.


                  What about parents who want to home-school their children?  Read  this link:  Homeschooling Comes of Age.  A very special, 4-sentence summary of written work is called a rhetorical precis. Click on the link to see what each sentence should have: Rhetorical Precis  (view video for help: How to Write a Rhetorical Precis ) Now you should watch this  Video for sample precis  and go to this link to see the sample precis and get more help: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl201/modules/rhetorical-precis/sample/peirce_sample_precis_click.html (see links below)

                  Due Date for Rhetorical Precis: Monday, Oct. 15.

                  Now it is your turn.  Write a rhetorical precis about "Homeschooling Comes of Age." (see below) Keep reviewing the videos and look back at the instructions in the  Rhetorical Precis document. (see below)

                   Due Date for Blog II: Monday, Oct. 15 (no response to others is required)

                  Now go to the blog http://introedmrsfoss.blogspot.com/2012/10/homeschool-environment.html  and respond to the following: 

                  What is your opinion of the home-school environment?  What are its advantages and disadvantages? Don't forget to use the rubric for blog responses.



                  • 20 May - 26 May


                    Choose one and write an short essay:

                    --Indicate your understanding of the progressive period.

                    Here is the study guide, one more time! 

                    I will see all of you this week: Monday or Tuesday--QHHS--room 312--5:30 p.m.

                    --Discuss John Dewey and one of his “Articles.”

                    Define “behaviorism” and who is B. F. Skinner?

                    What is project head start

                    What is Title IX?

                    What are the main tenets (main principles) of No Child Left Behind?