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1 MCGILL UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF EDUCATION Professional Seminar 3 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM EDEE 353-- SECTION 004 Sept. 14 th , 2015- Dec. 7, 2015 Room: 624 Time: 2:35 5:25 ***First class August 31 st - Time:5:30-8:15 Room: 433 Instructor: Marcia Kennedy-Gaul email: [email protected] Office: 403 Office Hours: Mondays By Appointment “I am a teacher! What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds who will echo these images across the ages. My lessons will be immortal, affecting people yet unborn, people I will never see or know. The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The pliable minds of tomorrow's leaders will be molded either artistically or grotesquely by what I do. Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves or murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.” Ivan Welton Fitzwater
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2 Course Orientation: According to the official University Calendar, course EDEE- 353 is to deal with “Theory -based strategies for setting up, managing and teaching in the elementary school classroom: Methods for integrating the individual subject areas in the elementary school curriculum, using the Quebec curriculum as the primary example.” Professional Competencies: The Ministère de l'Éducation, du Sport et Loisirs (MELS), Quebec’s provincial minist ry of education, created 12 core professional competencies for the teaching profession. The professional competencies that will be addressed in this course are as follows: #1 To act as a professional inheritor, critic and interpreter of knowledge or culture when teaching students. In this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of the specific course topics namely; the various established theories, strategies and management approaches that apply to teaching practice in the Quebec elementary classroom. You will develop professional foundations as you reflect on personal roots (i.e. origins, culture, social role) and develop links to classroom practice. You will have opportunities to select and apply appropriate methodologies required for different lessons, situations, and behaviors. Evidence of acquired understanding of this competency will be demonstrated during classroom discussions, in relation to concurrent field work experience, and in presentations and learning opportunities. #2 To communicate clearly in the language of instruction, both orally and in writing using correct grammar, in various contexts related to teaching.
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