EDU 215 - Primary Grade Lab and Seminar
This course will provide an orientation to various aspects of teaching in K-4 schools. Topics will include observation and use of assessment strategies and tools, planning developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum, planning, effective instruction, classroom management strategies, discipline, and creating a responsive and engaging classroom environment the structure of the school. Field experiences will be related to course topics. Students will complete 60 hours of observation in the field.
Students must possess all background clearances including FBI Fingerprint, Pa Criminal, and Pa Child Abuse. In addition, students must have a certificate of completion for the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training. Schools will require clearances prior to be the field placement. Additional fees are required.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Design classrooms, K - 4, that demonstrate appropriate use of indoor, physical space and materials; are educationally focused, respectful, and supportive to all children.
Design classrooms, K - 4, that are inclusive for diverse learners, including differences in age, development, culture.
Illustrate the use of Pennsylvania Learning Standards and implement lessons based on students’ stages of cognitive development, use of senses for exploration and understanding of the world, and development of age appropriate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Develop curriculum that includes both planned and spontaneous experiences that are meaningful and challenging for all children that lead to positive learning outcomes and develop positive dispositions towards learning within each content area.
Analyze the connection between classroom arrangement and creating a positive climate for learning that leads to positive learning outcomes for students emphasizing the importance of engaging families in their child’s education.
Observe children and record behavior using authentic assessment strategies in order to understand the meaning and degree of variation and exceptionality among individuals.
Analyze the connection between classroom materials, learning standards, assessment, and instruction.
Use classroom assessment tools to inform teaching strategies.
Students will exhibit professional behavior aligned with NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct.
Lecture Hours: 4
Course Prerequisites: ENG 100 with a grade C or better and (EDU 110 or ECE 130)