Sonoma State University
Education 437
Integrated Curriculum: Preschool Through Elementary

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Course Schedule

Fall 2002

September 2

September 30

October 28

November 25

September 9

October 7

November 4

December 2

September 16

October 14

November 11

December 9

September 23

October 21

November 18

December 16


Week 1: September 2

Labor Day Holiday

 

Week 2: September 9

Introduction to course
Video -- "Why Do These Kids Love School?"
Visit to SSU computer lab

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Week 3: September 16

Looking at beliefs about learning and teaching
Articulating an educational philosophy
State Frameworks and Standards
Read: Serious Players, Ch 1-6
Framework: Introduction (your subject area)

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Week 4: September 23

Teaching diverse students
Cooperative Groupwork
Writing play/ debrief/ replay lessons
Work with Framework Expert Groups
Read: Designing Groupwork, Ch 1-5
Framework, chapters on goals/concepts & instructional strategies

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Week 5: September 30

Designing learning experiences #1: investigations
Work with Framework Expert Groups
Read: Designing Groupwork, Ch 6-8
Serious Players, Ch 12 and 7-11(your subject area)
State Framework, standards for two grade levels

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Week 6: October 7

Designing learning experiences #2: strategies for reflection and retention
Writing 5-step lesson plans
Work with Framework Expert Groups
Read: Serious Players, Ch 13-14
State Framework, chapters on assessment & universal access
Westwater and Wolfe, "The Brain Compatible Curriculum"
Springer, Learning and Memory - The Brain in Action (excerpt)
MeKeown and Beck, "Getting the Discussion Started"

Due: Play/ debrief/ replay lesson plan (drafts for framework group)

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Week 7: October 14

Presentations of Framework Groups
Read: Designing Groupwork, Ch 9-10
Tomlinson, "Instructional Strategies That Support Differentiation"
Sapon-Shevin, "Schools Fit For All"

Due: Play/ debrief/ replay lesson plan (copies for all class members or post on WebCT)

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Week 8: October 21

Designing an integrated thematic unit #1
Developing big ideas for enduring understanding
Group work on unit plan jigsaws
Read: Seeing the Whole Through Social Studies, Intro and Ch 1- 4
Drake, "Castles, Kings . . . and Standards"

Bring: State frameworks

Due: 5-step lesson plan (copies for class members or post on WebCT)
Educational philosophy (draft)
WebCT graded

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Week 9: October 28

Developing meaningful project work
Field Trip to McNear School; Judy Sovel & Kathy Bockhold, 6th grade teachers
Group work on unit plan jigsaws
Read: Seeing the Whole Through Social Studies, Ch 5-8
Wasserman,
"Children Working in Groups? It Doesn't Work!" on website
Due: Unit plan jigsaw

 

Week 10: November 4

Assessing development and learning
Read: Authentic Assessment

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Week 11: November 11

Designing an integrated thematic unit #2
Organizing sequence, assessments and projects
Evaluating and adapting published curriculum and lesson plans
Read: arts and technology texts assigned in class (1st half)

Due: Big ideas, unit objectives and unit assessment strategies for integrated unit (draft)

Bring: lesson plan from teacher's edition or the Internet - see Links

 

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Week 12: November 18

Integrating the arts and technology into the curriculum
Read: arts and technology texts assigned in class (2nd half)

Due: Adapted/extended lesson plan

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Week 13: November 25

Developing a class community
Read: Among Friends, pgs. 1-80
Willis, "Managing Today's Classroom; Finding Alternatives to Control and Compliance"
Dinwiddie, "The Saga of Sally, Sammy, and the Red Pen: Facilitating Children's Problem Solving"

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Week 14: December 2

Parent communication and inclusion
Read: Among Friends, pgs. 81-144
Finders & Lewis, "Why Some Parents Don't Come To School"
Brand, "Making Parent Involvement a Reality"
Carger, "Attending to New Voices"

Due: WebCT graded

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Week 15: December 9

Presentations of integrated unit
Due: Educational philosophy (final draft)

 

Week 16: December 16

Presentations of integrated unit and wrap-up
Due: Integrated Unit

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