WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
EDUC 3780 Interdisciplinary Strategies
in Diverse Classrooms
This course is designed to give you important pre-student teaching experience
in the following:
Parts E, F, and G are required of all students. In
addition you will select three of the five optional strategies (parts
H, I, J, K, L) to complete the course requirements.
1) instructional strategies for teaching your major/minor content area;
2) classroom observation of instructors and students;
3) effective lesson/unit planning;
4) teaching a unit of instruction with peers in a public school classroom;
5) peer review and teacher evaluation.
Class sessions will focus on important concepts of
cooperative learning. Group member roles and processes will be discussed.
You will be asked to team with other students for peer instruction and
review. In addition, you will design and teach small group activities
in your content area.
Part E Utilizing
Group Processes for Instruction (Required)
Designing learning activities which encourage higher order
creative and critical thinking and problem solving is the emphasis of these
strategies. From the methods of inquiry introduced here, you will
select one to demonstrate as part of your instructional unit.
Part F Inquiry
and Teaching for Thinking (Required)
Plan or adapt lesson plans to meet needs of diverse students.
Part G Adapting Lessons
for Individual Students' Needs (Required)
Select three of the following five optional strategies.
Labs can be fun, exhilarating hands-on learning for students.
They take a lot of creativity, organization, and preparation on the part
of teachers for them to be successful. Learn to construct and conduct
effective labs in your content area. The laboratory method is suitable
to any course content, not just the traditional science classroom.
Part H The Laboratory
Helping students see that their school experiences are relevant
and applicable to their lives outside the classroom is important.
You will be encouraged to use contemporary media as an effective bridge
from in-class activities to "real-world" experience. You will
develop lesson plans and a resource file of learning activities that help
integrate course concepts with those life-long skills needed by all students.
Part I Using
Contemporary Learning Experiences (Optional)
You will design and conduct a field trip relevant to your
unit of instruction and/or arrange for a quest speaker or specialist to
address your class during your teaching in the public school.
Part J Field
Trips and Guest Speakers (Optional)
You will learn a variety of techniques for creating effective
lecture-demonstrations. You will prepare and give a lecture to a
small group of peers in class. You will practice the strategy as part of
your instructional unit in the public school.
Part K Lecture-Demonstration
In this part you will learn the value of role-playing as
a teaching strategy and have the opportunity to practice preparing and
conducting a role-play. Or, you may create an original game or simulation
based on a concept you could teach, emphasize, or review effectively through
Part L Role-play and
Instructional Gaming (Optional)
The requirements of these courses necessitate
good organizational skills. Schedule your teaching activities
with a cooperating teacher early in the semester and plan your time
efficiently for successful completion of Level 2.
Attendance is required. Class sessions will facilitate
your understanding of the strategies and your integration of a chosen strategy
into required lesson plans.
Approximately four weeks are built into the class calendar
to enable you to work in the public schools. Begin early to
familiarize yourself with the students, class routine, and subject matter
you will be teaching.
Take every opportunity available to observe and participate
with the class throughout the semester.
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