- Class participation (informed attendance): Since this is largely a performance-based course, participation in class for each class session is essential. Naturally, at the very minimum, attendance is expected each day class is in session. Participation by engaging in the class discussions and activities and by asking and answering questions is the target behavior. Often there will be tasks such as in-class exercises, quizzes, and/or exit slips that will be collected. Sometimes these items receive a grade, and they do contribute to your participation score. The Dispositions Rubric will be used for assessment criteria for some aspects of this part of your grade.
- Quizzes: There will be three graded quizzes covering essential topics from the preceding two or three-week period. Quiz #1 will be during the fourth week of class, quiz #2 will be during the seventh week of class, and quiz #3 will be during the eleventh week of class. (Any other quizzes, if any, will be scored as part of the “participation” grade.) These quizzes will all be administered through Bb and will be taken outside of class time.
Outcomes included in class participation and quizzes:
11. Candidates will further their skills in English language arts, specifically written and oral communication, in order to demonstrate the practices and behaviors of developing career teachers. (ACEI 2.1, 3.5, 5.1)
This semester we were provided with a lot of unique experiences in class. I enjoyed the hands on activities because it gave me insight on how I could do things in my own classroom. I also enjoyed being put in the mindset of an elementary student. When thinking this way it helps me to understand which areas students may struggle in or things that may be unclear. The activities done in class could easily be incorporated into a classroom. The quizzes were a great way for me to check my own understanding of things that were learned in the classroom. Since a lot of the things were interactive I didn’t think much about taking notes and the quizzes provided me with a great indicator of where I stood.
Both of these activities, quizzes and classroom experiences have allowed me to develop as an educator and further my skills in English Language Arts, outcome 11. Each of these assignments forced me to use both written and oral language to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of things going on in the classroom. As an educator, developing practices and behaviors of career teachers is an ongoing process. It NEVER stops! Therefore, although I believe this outcome was reached in the realms of this particular class, I also believe that there is always room for improvement. So this course outcome I would make a life outcome because there is always something new to learn and to develop and better my skills as an educator.