246Spr10_syllabus - nlm EDTE 246 Fall 2008 Department of...

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nlm EDTE 246 Fall 2008 Department of Elementary Education San José State University EDTE 246: Creating an Effective Learning Environment Section 4 Syllabus – Spring 2010 Instructor : Nancy L. Markowitz, Ph.D. Office: Sweeney Hall 437 Wednesdays 4:00-6:45 PM Phone: 924-3748 Place: Sweeney Hall 348 Fax: (408) 924-3775 office Email : [email protected] Course website: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/nancy.markowit z Office hours: I am available in my office on Tuesdays from 1:30 -3:15 PM and by appointment. If your schedule does not permit you to come during my set office hours, please email or phone me to set up an alternate mutually agreeable time. PHILOSOPHY/MISSION The philosophy of the Elementary Education Credential Program at San José State University is based on a vision of competent professional educators who function effectively in the multicultural, multilingual, and technologically complex environment of today's schools, and who can meet the challenges of tomorrow's schools with confidence and enthusiasm. The faculty is therefore committed to the preparation of teachers who are critical and reflective practitioners prepared to make informed and appropriate decisions in daily practice, to serve in diverse educational contexts, and to provide appropriate instruction for diverse populations. These teachers must also be aware of the appropriate uses of technology for learning, and be well prepared in current educational theory, research, methods, and practice. COURSE DESCRIPTION We will examine the various dimensions of an effective learning environment within a diverse, multicultural, multi-linguistic classroom using a developmental perspective. The theoretical base will draw heavily from the field of social psychology and educational psychology. There will be an emphasis on upper grade and middle school practices. The content includes: 1) the study of the classroom domains of content, conduct, and covenant (both with students and their families); 2) the inter-connectedness among these domains; 3) the usefulness of this framework in creating an effective learning environment for whole class and individual students; and 4) its application to the evaluation of behavior management programs. TOPICS TO BE COVERED Bases of teacher power and kinds of strategies available to the teacher to develop and maintain an effective learning environment for a linguistically and culturally diverse student population Domains of classroom management including content, covenant, and conduct Strategies such as cooperatively structured learning and class meetings to promote classroom covenant management 1
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nlm EDTE 246 Fall 2008 Criteria for evaluation of behavior management programs Examination of behavior management programs/theories used in the schools Management of effective communication with parents to promote student success COURSE PHILOSOPHY My intention in this course is to model best teaching practices, providing a learning
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