Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching
  • Final
  • Education
  • Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching
  • 3.0
  • 0000
  • This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today’s contemporary schools, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California’s content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured fieldwork in public school elementary classrooms that represent California’s diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus-approved certificated classroom teacher.

  • 200
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted Elementary Subject Matter Standards: Standard 7

  • N/A

  • Freshman Composition (ENGL 100)

  • Must include but are not limited to:

    1. Elements of effective classroom environments consistent with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and state adopted Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)
    2. Examination of one’s beliefs and assumptions about and experiences with teachers and teaching
    3. The teaching profession, including an emphasis on professional standards, ethics, and professionalism
    4. The history, governance and finance of public schooling
    5. Purposes and roles of schooling and their community contexts
    6. Overview of contemporary issues in schools: e.g., standards, inclusion, high stakes testing, bilingual education, social issues, standardized curriculum; standards and frameworks
    7. Roles and functions of teachers and other school personnel both in general and special education
    8. Protocols for visiting schools and entering classrooms
    9. Methods and ethics of conducting and reporting classroom observations
    10. Overview of the CSTPs and the TPEs
    11. Introduction to California Academic Content and Performance Standards
    12. Basic strategies for accommodating diverse learning needs

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Identify personal meanings related to teaching, reflecting upon why they want to become a teacher, examining personal characteristics, assumptions and beliefs, subject matter knowledge, experiences and goals which could affect their development as a teacher;
    2. Articulate basic purposes of schooling and trace the history of their development;
    3. Describe the multiple roles and functions of teachers and other school personnel in meeting the diverse needs of students;
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards, ethics, and professionalism in classroom and school visits;
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of educational issues in a global context;
    6. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of cultural contexts on learning;
    7. Analyze ecological challenges outside the classroom that impact student learning and identify school and community resources that address these challenges;
    8. Demonstrate skill in implementing established protocols for visiting schools and classrooms;
    9. Demonstrate skill in implementing observation protocols;
    10. Relate course content to real classrooms through satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 hours of approved fieldwork including structured assignments, observations, and reflections that demonstrate the observer’s ability to
      1. Recognize and describe examples of teaching events that implement some elements of the CSTP and TPEs;
      2. <>Observe the use of state adopted academic content and performance standards;
      3. Compare and contrast classroom environments;
      4. Recognize and describe individual differences among students and identify strategies and accommodations used to address these differences;

    • Quizzes
    • Exams
    • Field Experience
    • Written assignments
    • Portfolio Development
    • Group presentations

  • Kauchak & Eggen - Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional

    Sadker & Zittleman - Teachers, Schools and Society

    Armstrong - Teaching Today: An Introduction to Education

  • March 26, 2018
  • October 31, 2016