ED 407 Non-Licensure Seminar: Reflective Practice Portfolio
Instructor: Dr. Dana Ulveland
Office hours: Please See Main Web Page
Credit: 3 credit hours
In this course we will engage in activities, discussions, and assignments that will strengthen our observation and reflection skills in order to increase our understanding of educational / schooling environments. We will work to uncover particular practices and contexts of teaching in an attempt to build a foundation for our future educational work. By reflecting deeply on what we see in a variety of classrooms and educational settings, we will begin to develop strong skills in communication, critical thinking, inquiry-based teaching and learning, advocacy, culturally and linguistically responsive practices, and innovative uses of technology as they apply to schooling practices.
- Understand the difference between schooling and education. This includes developing a familiarity with how students learn and how teachers teach.
- Understand the educational endeavor from multiple philosophical and cultural perspectives.
- Understand a variety of strategies for improving student engagement and adapting to diverse learning needs.
- Develop a familiarity with the language and concepts used in the teaching profession.
- Understand how educational environments are influenced by equity issues (social, gender, cultural, economic, racial and ethnic differences) and language domains.
Required Evidence Showing That Objectives Have Been Met
Written Reflective Responses
We will demonstrate our understandings by writing responses that consider the many facets of schooling and education environments.
Our written responses provide an artifact of our thinking and our actions.
Our written responses will act as a beginning portfolio of educational thought.
How Many Responses and When?
You will do one response per week, though I will ask that you submit your responses on three different occasions.
There will be 3 sets of submissions.
Each submission = 33.3 percent.
Your final grade will be based on both your careful analysis of the documentaries and your written submissions.
|A||94 – 100%||B-||80 – 83%||D||67 – 69%|
|A-||90 – 93%||C||77 – 79%||D+||64 – 66%|
|B+||87 – 89%||C+||74 – 76%||D-||60 – 63%|
|B||84-86%||C-||70 – 73%||F||Below 60%|
Tentative Course Schedule
***** Click the Week 1 (September 28 – October 2) link below to access the first lecture. *****
The Chinese Takeover
Democracy Left Behind
Communities as Classrooms
School of the Future
Schools That Change Communities
How Difficult Can This Be?
Autism in America
The Einstein Effect
Lost Child? Living With an Intellectual Disability
Please email your first three weeks of responses to me. Thanks!
The Bullied Have a Voice
Bullying and Suicide
Week 6 (November 2 – November 6)
Growing Up: Child of Our Time
The Medicated Child
Inside the Teenage Brain
Week 7 (November 9 – November 13)
Please email your responses from weeks 4, 5 and 6. Thanks!
A Class Divided
Week 8 (November 16 – November 20)
Week 9 (November 23 – November 27)
Choosing Instructional Approaches
Addressing the Diverse Needs of Students
Developing Students as Artists
Week 10 (November 30 – November 4)
No documentaries this week
Monday December 7, Please email your final responses. Thanks!
Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities are entitled under the law to reasonable accommodations. If you have a disability and need accommodations, you should also contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250.
Respect: In this class, the expectation is of mutual respect. Western Oregon University is an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and strives to reflect the diversity of our pluralistic society in our faculty, staff and students. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, class, linguistic background, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical ability. In this class the goal is to establish an environment that values and nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction. Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about others, about the larger world and about ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual exchange, we will not only mirror society as it is, but also model society as it should and can be.
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) for coordination in your academic accommodations. The ODS is located in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC) Suite 405. The phone/TTY is (503) 838-8250.
Military Service Statement: Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor.
Student Success Specialist: Students in this class may be referred to the WOU Student Success Specialist (SSS) if the instructor determines their performance in the class is placing them at academic risk. The SSS will offer to work with referred students to address issues and develop a student success strategy. Irrespective of whether a referral has or has not been made, you are ultimately responsible for tracking your own progress in this course.
WOU Writing Center: If you feel you need additional assistance with your writing, I encourage you to take advantage of the writing center. Help is available. For further information go to: www.wou.edu/writingcenter.