Instructor: Dr. Jon Mueller Office: Goldspohn 16
Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 MWF Phone: 637-5329
e-mail: jfmueller@noctrl.edu

Text: Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Slavin (11th Ed.)

 

GOALS

  1. that you develop a thorough grasp of many of the course concepts, including an understanding of and appreciation for the manner in which the concepts are interrelated and can be meaningfully applied to the classroom and the world at large;
  2. that you further develop your written and oral communication skills;
  3. that you further develop your facility with instructional technology;
  4. that you further develop your cooperative group skills.



EVALUATION

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.

Behavior Modification Project

Instructions for the Behavior Modification Project can be found on the Assignments page. It will be worth 100 points.

Exams

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).

Lesson Plan Assignments

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.

Reading Assignments

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:

   
A = 93%
502 pts. and above excellent performance
     
A- = 90%
486 pts. and above  
Behavior Modification Project 1 @ 100 pts. = 100 pts.  
B+ = 87%
470 pts. and above  
   
B = 83%
448 pts. and above very good performance
Exams 3 @ 100 pts. = 300 pts.  
B- = 80%
432 pts. and above  
     
C+ = 77%
416 pts. and above  
Lesson Plan Analysis 1 @ 100 pts. = 100 pts.
C = 73%
394 pts. and above good performance
     
C- = 70%
378 pts. and above  
Brief Assignments
40 pts.
D = 60%
324 pts. and above adequate performance
TOTAL 540 points
F = < 60%
under 324 pts. less than adequate


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