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COURSE NUMBER: EDUC 310
COURSE TITLE: Strategies for Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Darlene Eerkes
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (3-0-0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course on skill development in basic teaching and learning at the secondary level (primarily junior high). The course will focus on appropriate pedagogy, curriculum planning, classroom management. Special attention will be paid to assessment strategies for these age groups in relation to the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard.

This course is open only to students in the B.Ed. (AD) Secondary Program
REQUIRED TEXTS: Larson, B. E. & Keiper, T. A. (2013). Instructional strategies for middle and high school. (2nd Ed.) London: Routledge.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Weekly reflections 25%
Lesson plans: Lecture10%
Lesson plans: Question script10%
Lesson plans: Cooperative learning10%
Demonstration teaching: Concept attainment10%
Demonstration teaching: Individual lesson and demonstration of teaching20%
Final Paper or Product15%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:

This course prepares pre-service teachers to intentionally choose effective learning strategies in their teaching environment.  Understanding different strategies and how these yield different ways of thinking and learning provides teachers with the educational skills necessary to reflect who they believe their students are, what they believe is the purpose of education or how they think learning should happen. Students will be enabled to

  • Respond to characteristics of learners at the junior and senior high levels
  • Demonstrate how instructional strategies differ in lesson planning and reflection.  
  • Design and manage learning environments as learning communities
  • Make strategic choices in curricular planning and resource selection
  • Understand and implement a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies
  • Reflect meaningfully on their learning.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Lesson 1 (September 12) The Classroom Learning Community (Chapter 1, pp. 3 - 39)
  • Lesson 2 (September 19) Lesson Planning (Chapter 4b, pp. 110-122)
  • Lesson 3 (September 26) Lecture/Interactive Presentation (Chapter 5, pp. 126 - 148)
  • Lesson 4 (October 3) Day of Student Presentations on Interactive lessons
  • Lesson 5 (October 17) Questioning (Chapter 6, pp. 149 - 172)
  • Lesson 6 (October 24) Concept Attainment (Chapter 7, pp. 173 - 194)
  • Lesson 7 (October 31) Student Demonstration Teaching on Concept Attainment
  • Lesson 8 (November 7) Cooperative Learning (Chapter 8, pp. 195 – 222)
  • Lesson 9 (November 14) Drama Strategies (Chapter 9, pp. 223 – 245)
  • Lesson 10 (November 21) Discussion and Debate (Chapter 10, pp. 246 – 273)
  • Lesson 11 (November 28) Student Directed Investigation and Learning (Chapter 11, pp. 274 – 297)
  • Lesson 12 (December 5) Student Demonstration Teaching (Carousel strategy) + Wrap up course


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