Text: Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Slavin (11th Ed.)
To give you sufficient opportunity to apply as well as demonstrate what you have learned, I will assign a behavior modification project, a lesson plan analysis, and I will administer three exams in addition to in-class activities.
Instructions for the Behavior Modification Project can be found on the Assignments page. It will be worth 100 points.
Each exam, covering assigned readings and class lecture/discussion, will be worth 100 points. Please notify me in advance if you anticipate missing an exam because of an emergency or other legitimate excuse (e.g., course field trip or varsity athletic competition).
For the Lesson Plan Analysis Assignment, you will analyze a lesson plan retrieved from the Internet, evaluating the quality of the plan in terms of course concepts. You can complete this assignment by yourself or with a partner. If you turn in a joint analysis, each of you will receive the same grade. You can rewrite the first lesson plan analysis up to two times if you like. If you turn in a rewrite, you will receive the average of the scores on your rewrite and your first draft as your final grade on the paper. The Lesson Plan Analysis is worth 100 points.
As an alternative to rewriting the Analysis Assignment, you could instead complete the second Lesson Plan Analysis Assignment or the Assessment Assignment. If you complete either one of these assignments, I will substitute its grade for the first Lesson Plan Analysis if the grade is higher.
Additionally, you can earn extra points on your Lesson Plan Analysis if you turn it into a web page as described on the Assignments page. If you turned in a joint paper, each of you needs to create your own web page to receive the extra points.
Except for emergencies, I will reduce late paper grades by 10% per calendar day.
I will also give you 12 very brief assignments that correspond with the reading. You will be asked to answer a few short questions prior to class to prepare for the in-class discussion. For these assignments, I will simply be looking to see if you put a "good faith effort" into answering the questions. If you did I will put a (+) on your paper; if not, I will give it a (-). If you receive at least 11 plusses on the brief assignments you will receive the full 40 points. If you receive 10 plusses, you will earn 32 points. If you receive 9 plusses you will earn 24 points. If you receive 8 plusses you will earn 16 points. If you receive fewer than 8 plusses on the brief assignments you will earn 0 points. The brief assignments will be due by the beginning of that class period. Assignments must be typed.The purpose of the Reading Assignments is to encourage the reading of the material and to emphasize what I hope will be the importance of that reading for the class discussion.
Across all the assignments and exams you can earn up to 540 points and will be graded on the following scale: