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Evening Campus
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Columbia, MO 65216
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COURSE SYLLABUS

17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

 
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 354 A
 
Course Title: Teaching Social Studies to Elementary Children
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This is a virtual hybrid course which will meet weekly through Blackboard Collaborate (virtually) and online instruction through D2L using various resources, discussion and homework. The instructor will email instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate the week prior to the start  of class.

There will no class Monday January 15, 2018 due to Martin Luther King Day. Make up class is scheduled for Friday January 19, 2018.

 

Catalog Description

The teaching of social studies in elementary classrooms, including the teaching of exceptional children mainstreamed in classrooms, the use of technology to teach social studies, and assessment for the instruction of social studies. Prerequisites: EDUC 300 or EDUC 505; and admission to the Teacher Certification Program.    

Prerequisites/Corequisites

EDUC 300 or EDUC 505; and admission to the Teacher Certification Program.    

Text

Essentials of Elementary School Social Studies 4th edition
Author: Turner, T.N., Russell, W.B., & Waters, S. (Routledge)
ISBN: 9780415638487

Course Objectives

  • To understand the central concepts, structures and tools of inquiry of the disciplines. (MoSPE 1)
  • To create learning experiences that make aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for students. (MoSPE 1)
  • To develop long-range planning, based upon student, district, and state standards data. (MoSPE 3)
  • To use a variety of instructional strategies and resources to encourage students' development, critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. (MoSPE 4)
  • To understand individual/group motivation, behavior, and create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation. (MoSPE 5)

Additional Instructor Objectives

Major Topics/Skills to be Covered

  • How to write lesson plans
  • National Standards and Missouri Show-Me Standards for Social Studies
  • Using Themes and constructing units
  • Integrates technology for effective instruction
  • Ages and stages for working with social studies
  • Asking factual recall, probing, and higher order questions
  • Anticipatory sets
  • Constructing projects
  • Evaluating textbooks
  • Becoming a reflective teacher
  • Lesson content and resources
  • Assessing students to determine social studies instruction
  • Teaching social studies to diverse students
  • Management theories and practice
  • Critical reflection
  • MOSPE standards and portfolio construction

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the academic language of the social studies discipline applicable to the certification area(s) sought as defined by the Subject Competencies for Beginning Teahcers in Missouri.
  • Demonstrates social studies content knowledge and ability to use multiple subject specific methodologies for specific instructional purposes to engage students.
  • Understands how to engage students in the methods of inquiry and research in elementary social studies.
  • Can create and implement interdisciplinary lessons that are aligned with standards.
  • Knows and identifies child/adolescent developmental stages and can apply them to students.
  • Understands the components and organization of an effective curriculum, is able to create aligned learning experiences, can locate national and state standards, and is able to align them to learning outcomes.
  • Understands how to select appropriate strategies for addressing individual student needs in meeting curriculum objectives.
  • Knows and understands the concept of differentiated instruction and short- and long-term instructional goal planning to address student needs in meeting curriculum objectives.
  • Can demonstrate knowlege of researched-based models of critical thinking and problem-solving, including various types of instructional strategies, to support student engagement in higher level thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current instructional resources to support complex thinking and technologial skills.
  • Can demonstrate knowledge of strategies for facilitating multiple configurations for student learning including cooperative, small group, and independent learning.
  • Knows how classroom management, motivation, and engagement relate to one another and has knowledge of strategies and techniques for using this to promote student interest and learning.
  • Demonstrates competence in managing time, space, transitions, and activities to create an effective learning environment.
  • Recognizes and identifies the influence of classroom, school, and community culture on student relationships and the impact on the classroom environment and learning.

Instructional Methods

During the sixteen weeks of this course, the following instructional methodology will be employed:

  • Active participation
  • Small/large group discussion
  • Lecture
  • Student-led discussions and presentations

Out of Class Activities

Students will complete assigned readings, reflection papers, a elementary social studies textbook evaluation, and a complete unit plan outside of class. See “Assignments” for further information.

Graded Activities

Professionalism and Participation10 Points
Description -

In order to achieve a fruitful educational environment, it is essential that you come to class prepared to discuss the readings by raising questions, voicing your opinion of an author’s perspective, or by making general comments. It’s ok to disagree with each other and with me. The important thing is that we’re respectful and professional during our discussions.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Reflection7 @ 10 points each = 70 Points
Description -

The Reflections will allow you to reflect deeply on important course topics. Each Reflection Discussion should be a minimum of 300 words and submitted to Discussions prior to the beginning of the class when it is due.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Textbook Evaluations30 Points
Description -

Using an elementary social studies textbook, you will analyze and evaluate the textbook based on its pedagogical approach, content, and associated resources.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Unit Topic and Objectives20 Points
Description -

In planning for our final unit plan, you will first submit a suitable overall topic and list of objectives. After I evaluate and provide feedback on these, you will then use them in planning the rest of your unit.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Assessment Plan and Rubric20 Points
Description -

This assignment outlines your methods and plans for assessing students within your unit. Along with submitting an overall plan for assessment, you will also construct an activity and provide an accompanying rubric.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Lesson Plans5 @ 10 points each = 50 Points
Description -

Over the course of the semester you will construct lesson plans you plan to use for your final unit. These lesson plans will be evaluated on their own merit and their applicability within your final unit. More detail will be in Content.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 
Unit Plan100 Points
Description -

This is the culminating project for the course and consists of a ten day unit plan over an elementary social studies topic of your choice. Along with the plan, you will also present this unit during the last week of the course. More detail will be in Content.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric

 

Grading Scale

90%-100% A
80%-89% B
70%-79% C
60%-69% D
0-59% F

Additional Information / Instructions

EDUC 354 Total Points Possible 300
Grades are based on accumulation of points. Points are assigned to each of the assignments. (See points at end of each assignment). Grades will be rounded from .5% and up, to the next
whole number.

APA (American Psychological Association) writing style is the format accepted in the behavioral sciences and is to be used in this course. Students are encouraged to always cite sources, whether specifically called for or not. Whether found in writing assignments, group papers, or research papers, outside resources are to be documented? APA must be used to reference them. Double spacing throughout and written in third person.

Formal rules of proper English and grammar apply for these assignments, and points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete sentences, and poor sentence structure, etc.

Assignments must be typed and saved as a Word document. Failure to do so will result in the lowering of a grade by a minimum of one letter grade. Assignments must have student's name and assignment's name on the Title Page in order for the assignments to be graded. Assignments missing these two important items will result in a grade of 0.

The instructor reserves the right to adjust or make changes to the schedule and differentiated instruction as needed. All changes will be announced and each student will be responsible for recording and responding to the changes.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
“Contemporary Elementary Social Studies”
Activities:
  • Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Missouri State Requirements for Elementary Teacher Preparation
  • “Contemporary Elementary Social Studies”
  • Problems Approach to Instruction
Reading:
  • Chapter 1
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection
 
Week 2
Controversy and Themes in Social Studies Curriculum
Activities:
  • Controversy and Themes in Social Studies Curriculum
  • Constructivism and Social Studies
  • Character Education and Citizenship
  • State Historical Society of Missouri Tour
Reading:
  •  Chapters 2 and 3
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection 
 
Week 3
“Planning Social Studies Instruction”
Activities:
  • “Planning Social Studies Instruction”
  • Instructional Objectives and Unit Planning
  • “Assessment and Evaluation”
  • Developing Rubrics
Reading:
  •  Chapters 4 and 5
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Textbook Evaluations
  • Reflection
 
Week 4
Reading Skills in the Social Studies Classroom
Activities:
  • Reading Skills in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Incorporating Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Research Writing
  • Creative Writing in Social Studies
Reading:
  • Chapter 6
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection
  • Unit Topic and Objectives
  • Assessment Plan and Rubric
 
Week 5
Social Studies and Diverse Learners
Activities:
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Students with Special Needs
  • “Social Studies and the Acquisition of Skills”
Reading:
  •  Chapters 7 and 8
Assignments:
  •  Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection
  • Vocabulary, Writing Lesson Plans
 
Week 6
“Critical Thinking and Problem Solving”
Activities:
  • Charts, Graphs, and Maps
  • “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving”
  • Promoting Inquiry with Case Studies
Reading:
  • Chapter 9
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection
  • Information Skills Lesson Plans
 
Week 7
“Incorporating Drama in Social Studies”
Activities:
  • “Incorporating Drama in Social Studies”
  • Mock Trial, Simulations, and Games
Reading:
  • Chapter 10
Assignments:
  • Professionalism and Participation
  • Reflection
  • Critical Thinking Lesson Plans
 
Week 8
“Technology and Media in Social Studies”
Activities:
  • Technology and Media in Social Studies”
  • Teaching with Social Media
  • Unit Plan Presentations
Reading:
  • Chapter 11
Assignments:
  • Professioanlism and Participation
  • Drama Based Lesson Plans
  • Unit Plan
 

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy -


  1. Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to come to class, and therefore a loss of points for unexcused or excessive absences will occur. It is impossible to ever duplicate the time spent in class, and the professor cannot use class time to try to “catch-up” those students who were absent. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from a fellow student. Do not ask the instructor to provide this for you. Note that any assignments that are not turned in because you are absent will be counted as late. To avoid the late penalty, assignments may be submitted via Dropbox prior to the start of class time. Additionally, when you are late to class, it will be your responsibility to insure that you have been marked present by the professor. Students expecting a superior grade must demonstrate superior attendance. A grade of “A” will not be issued for any student missing more than one class session. The instructor reserves the right to issue a grade of F, U, W, or I for any student who, for any reason, misses three or more classes or more than one hour of field experience. Finally, students must come to class prepared with a notebook and pen or pencil to take notes, and any assignments that are due. Also be prepared to ask questions and participate in class discussion. Borderline grades will be influenced by class participation.

  2. Late Assignments: If the student have justifiable cause for missing student will have 1 day from due date to makeup assignment with a -10% deduction from the maximum possible score. If turned in later than 1 day will receive a 0.

  3. In Class Work: (Weekly Assignments, Class Activities, Discussions, and Group Activities) No Makeup.


Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy -


  1. All work must be original and represent the thinking and understanding of the student. Sources must be credited for the ideas, content and quotations used in the development of the assignment and must be cited using APA format.

  2. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Those found plagiarizing will be dropped from the course and receive an F.


Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor Policy -


  1. Midterm and Final Exams: If the student has justifiable cause for missing, student will have 1 day from the due date to makeup the Exam with a 10% deduction from the maximum possible score. If turned in later than 1 day will receive a 0.


Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.

Incomplete

Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Prerequisites

Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.

CougarTrack

Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

Instructor Policy - Student should check D2L Announcements and Cougar email each week for messages from the instructor.

CougarMail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Instructor Policy - Cougar email will be the official email address for students in this class. Instructor will reply to messages and emails. If student does not receive a reply, the message or email was not received.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Instructor Policy - Cell phones should be put on silent in class.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

FERPA

Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Instructor Policy - Students needing accomodations must work with the office of ADA to get the accomodations approved and in place for the class.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.

Non-Discrimination

Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

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