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    Course Description:
    This course is designed for students wishing to pursue a career or gain experience in the field of education and/or working with children. Students will have the opportunity to work one on one school age children and teaching professionals in the elementary school setting. Students will spend Monday/Tuesday-Thursday/Friday in the field and attend instructional class on Wednesday’s.      
     
    Enduring Understandings:
    It is important for teachers to make connections, set realistic goals/expectations, behave responsibly/professionally, and maintain confidentiality.
    The school-age child develops at different rates, physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and morally.
    Developmental theories help in identifying stages/phases and characteristics of child development.
    By preparing a teaching philosophy and studying educational theories, a teacher can identify how he/she feels a student best learns and the role of the educator/family/student in the learning process.
    The domains of teaching include; planning/preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.
    Creating lesson plans include; goals/objectives, standards, resources, forms of assessment, while paying attention to time management.
    Teachers prepare lesson plans based on the needs of the student population, while aligning the lesson with Illinois Leaning Standards.
    Issues in Education involve, but are not limited to; No Child Left Behind, 21st Century skills, student confidentiality, safety/bullying, meeting core standards, tenure, and special education requirements. 
     

    Essential Questions:
    How can I present as a professional to the students?
    What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?
    How can I guide children’s moral development?
    What emotional, social, intellectual, and physical changes occur between seven and twelve?
    What are the job duties of a special education teacher, guidance/counseling teachers? 
    What do administrators look for in skills, college performance?
    What is the No Child Left Behind Act?
    What is a portfolio?
    How do I develop a portfolio?
    What is a teaching philosophy?
    What are Illinois State Standards?
    What is Special Education?
    What are the Domains of Teaching?
    How do I write a lesson plan?
    What does the 21st Century classroom look like?
    What are issues in education? 
     
    Course Academic Vocabulary:
    Expectations: Professionalism, Confidentiality, Responsibility, Connections, Impact
    Careers: Special Education, Content Area, Certifications/Specializations, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, Post Secondary
    Teaching Philosophy: Learning Environment, John Dewey, Classroom Management, Life-Long Learning
    Development of the School-Age Child: Jean Piaget, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, and Moral Development
    Domains of Teaching: Planning/Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, Professional Responsibilities
    Lesson Plans: Goals, Objectives, Resources, Time Management, Authentic Assessment
    Illinois State Standards: State goals, Objectives, Higher Learning
    Special Education: Levels of, IEP, 504 Plan, Accommodations, Annual Meetings
    School Administration: Principals, Administrators, Superintendents, Annual Budgets
    Health and Related Services: School Nurses, Physical, Mental, Emotional Development, Bullying, Psychologists, Social Workers, OT/PT
    21st Century Classroom: No Child Left Behind, Technology, UBD, RTI  
     
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Unit Outline:
    Week 1: Student Expectations and Responsibilities
    Week 2: First Impressions/Why Teach?
    Week 3: Teaching Careers and Employment Opportunities
    Week 4: Philosophy of Education (John Dewey)
    Week 5: Development of the School Age Child (Physically)
    Week 6: Development of the School Age Child (Intellectually)
    Week 7: Development of the School Age Child (Socially)
    Week 8: Development of the School Age Child (Emotionally)
    Week 9: Development of the School Age Child (Morally)
    Week 10: Developmental Theories (Jean Piaget)
    Week 11: Domains of Teaching/Lesson Plans
    Week 12: Illinois State Standards
    Week 13: Special Education
    Week 14: School Administration/Confidentiality
    Week 15: Health Services/ School Safety/Bullying
    Week 16: No Child Left Behind
    Week 17: Final Reflections
    Week 18: Internship Portfolios/Final Exams