11.129 | Fall 2011 | Undergraduate

Educational Theory and Practice I


[Skillful] = Saphier, Jon, Mary Ann Haley-Speca, and Robert Gower. The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills. Research for Better Teaching, 2008. ISBN: 9781886822108.

[Tools] = Jones, Frederic H., Patrick Jones, et al. Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instructions, Motivation. Fredic H. Jones & Associates, 2007. ISBN: 9780965026321. [Preview with Google Books]

[Champion] = Lemov, Doug. Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. Jossey-Bass, 2010. ISBN: 9780470550472. [Preview with Google Books]

1 Introduction / Setting Academic Expectations

“Expectations.” Chapter 12 in [Skillfull].

“Expectations.” Chapter 1 in [Champion].

2 Creating a Strong Classroom Climate

“Personal Relationship Building.” Chapter 13 in [Skillfull].

“Classroom Climate.” Chapter 14 in [Skillfull].

“Strong Classroom Culture.” Chapter 5 in [Champion].

3 Creating Independent Learners

Chapters 2 and 3 in [Champion].

Sections 1 and 3 (Chapters 1–4) in [Tools].

4 Special Education Seminar I: Introduction No readings
5 Creating Classroom Structure

Chapters 2 and 3 in [Champion].

Section 3 (Chapters 5–8) in [Tools].

6 Creating Classroom Routines

“Discipline.” Chapter 8 in [Skillfull].

Section 4 (Chapters 9–10) in [Tools].

7 Setting Classroom Behavioral Expectations

Chapter 7 and 8 in [Champion].

Section 5 (Chapters 11–12) in [Tools].

Esquith, Rafe. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Viking Adult, 2007. ISBN: 9780670038152.

8 Maintaining Classroom Discipline

“Clarity.” Chapter 9 in [Skillfull].

Section 6 (Chapters 13–16) in [Tools].

9 Curriculum Design: Part I

“Principles of Learning.” Chapter 10 in [Skillfull].

Section 6 (Chapters 17–19) in [Tools].

10 Curriculum Design Practice: Part II

“Models of Teaching.” Chapter 11 in [Skillfull].

Section 7 (Chapters 20–23) in [Tools].

Chapters 4 and 9 in [Champion].


Special Education Seminar II

Perspective of Special Education Teacher

“Learning Experiences.” Chapter 18 in [Skillful].

Section 8 (Chapters 24–25) in [Tools].

12 Assessment: Introduction No readings
13 Assessment: Design “Assessment.” Chapter 19 in [Skillfull].

Standardized Testing

MCAS Design and Student Preparation

“Curriculum Design.” Chapter 15 in [Skillfull].
15 Classroom Management: Ses#1

“Overarching Objectives.” Chapter 20 in [Skillfull].

Other readings for these sessions were taken from:

Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design. Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN: 9780131950849.

Greene, Ross W. Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Scribner, 2009. ISBN: 9781416572275

16 Classroom Management: Ses #2
17 Classroom Management: Ses #3
18 Classroom Management: Ses #4
19 Classroom Management: Ses #5
20 Classroom Management: Ses #6
21 Common Core Standards and Implications for MCAS Testing

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.” Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. February 22, 2011.

Common Core State Standards Initiative: Massachusetts Side-by-Side Comparison Documents” (DOC) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. May 4, 2012.

Rothman, Robert. “Five Myths about the Common Core State Standards.” Harvard Education Letter 27, no. 5 (2011).


Special Education Seminar III

Teaching Practice in the Science Classroom

No readings
23 Best Practice—Differentiated Instruction Introduction No readings
24 Best Practice—Differentiated Instruction Applied to Indepdendent Activities Period (IAP) Class No readings
25 Preparation for IAP Teaching No readings
26 Preparation for IAP Teaching (cont.) No readings

Course Info

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Fall 2011