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Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education

Course Overview

This subject uses K-12 classroom experiences, along with student-centered classroom activities and student-led classes, to explore issues in schools and education. Students in this course spend time each week observing pre-college math and science classes. Topics of study include design and implementation of curriculum, addressing the needs of a diversity of students, standards in math and science, student misconceptions, methods of instruction, the digital divide, teaching through different media, and student assessment.


In addition to the Assignments listed in the Grading section below, students are required to participate in a multitude of ways:

  • Weekly blog entries based on observations (6-8 total)
  • Current events including weekly participation and one week leading discussion and summarizing article
  • In class teaching and participation
  • Daily participation in class discussion (for full class period)

Week 1: Introductions

Week 2: Misconceptions

Week 3: Classroom Observations

Week 4: Formative Assessment

Week 5: Standards and Standardized Tests

Week 6: Differentiated Instruction and Multiple Intelligencess

Week 7: Catch up and Writing

Weeks 8-9: Educational Technology and Teaching with Media

Week 10: Math Education and Writing

Week 11: Standards Town Hall

Weeks 12-14: Final Projects

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Spring 2009


E. Klopfer

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