What does teaching look like? ED-CIFS 302: Learning & Instruction Instructor: Serena Hicks

This course prepares you to enter your Professional Year by focusing on the principles of learning relevant to secondary school instruction. We will build best practices for learning by understanding the learner. Based on an inquiry model, all readings, conversations, experiences and assignments are designed to help us answer: What does teaching look like?

Big Picture Ideas:

1. Understand diverse students (Hint: ALL students are diverse!)

2. Respond to live classroom environments.

3. Create an engaging learning environment.

4. Align content standards, targets, and assessments

5. Plan effective lessons.

Required texts:

Wilhelm, J.D. (2007). Engaging readers & writers with inquiry. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Tomlinson, C. (2001). How to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Class Details

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1:00-2:45

Class meets: Education Building Room 223.

Office: Education Building Room 514. By appointment.

serenahicks@boisestate.edu 208.861.7380

Be the student you want to teach!

Attendance: Come to class. I have prepared for our time together. Classes are designed to model the engagement, differentiation, assessment formats, and strategies that you are practicing for your own classroom. Contact me in advance if you are unable to attend (much like you would contact your building principal when you are a teacher).

Preparation: Read. View. Write. Think. You are an apprentice, and this course is your practice.

Participation: I plan for your active engagement, which will include reading, writing, speaking, listening, and interacting with embedded technology.

Due dates are firm. Any work that is not yet proficient may be revised after initial submission.

I am a part of everything I have read.

Theodore Roosevelt

Readings for this class are well-chosen and apply specifically to class content and to your teaching. I have selected the readings because of their ability to help you make connections and give you both theoretical and practical knowledge from experts in the field. 

Our class participates in Boise State's Mobile Learning Scholars program, which puts an iPad in your hands for the duration of the semester. Apps, Google Drive, and other features are intentionally embedded in the course design to give you opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies useful to teaching and learning. 

The collaborative working space for our class can be found by clicking this button.

At the buttons below, you will find an expanded syllabus with a reading schedule and course calendar, assessments and rubrics, your field experience field guide and weekly folders to archive resources. We will use Drive extensively and explore its use for your future classroom.

See you in class!


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