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ED 441 and 641 Summer 2010 Syllabus

ED 441 and 641 Summer 2010 Syllabus

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Middle School Curriculum
ED 441/641 Section 400
Three credit hoursSummer II 2010Online CourseThe Mission of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education is to prepare caring and capableprofessionals through intellectually engaging experiences in theory, method, and research thatconnect them to the communities in which they live and serve.
Academic Integrity Policy
"As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson’s visionof this institution as a ‘high seminary of learning.’ Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment totruthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others.Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form."
Disability Policy
If you have a documented disability that requires accommodation, you must notify the professor in writingduring the first week of classes. It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis,reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact StudentDisability Services to discuss their individual needs for accommodation.
:Ron Knorr, PhD
Office location
:MAT Office UniversityCenter 
Office Hours
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Course co-requisites
:Knowledge of pedagogical techniques from educational psychology (specifically, Bloom’s Taxonomy,Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and other learning theories/techniques applicable to early adolescents).
R equired Material
Focus on the Wonder Years: Challenges Facing the American Middle School 
. Available at
This We Believe
http://www.nmsa.org/AboutNMSA/ThisWeBelieve/The14Characteristics/tabid/1274/Default.aspxOther materials will be e-mailed to you or posted to the class blog athttp://msc441ssii2010.blogspot.com/ Knorr ED 441/641 Middle School Curriculum 1 of 5 06/22/10SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Additionally, one of the following books is required reading for book review.
Except as noted, all books are available from Amazon or other online stores. Previous editions are fine.You may also find them in a library. We will decide together in the first class online session individualbook assignments.
 Fair Isn't Always Equal 
by Rick Wormeli
 Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher 
by Rick Wormeli
TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5-9
, and
 Inventing Powerful Pedagogy: Share. 'Steal'. Revise. Own
Setting Limits in the Classroom, Revised: How to Move Beyond the Dance of Discipline in Today'sClassrooms
by Robert J. Mackenzie
Required articles and resources:
 Articles and resources will be posted on the class blog or e-mailed to you and assigned in class to providehelp and clarity for course materials and assignments. See class schedule for description and relatedassignments.
Course description:
Concepts and methods for teaching middle school students. Discusses nature of middle school students,teacher characteristics, curricular and co-curricular programs, organization, and teaching.
:The objectives of this course are to provide:
an understanding of appropriate professional standards,
the history of the middle school and its application to middle school curriculum,
the structure of the team teaching concept in the middle school,
the mechanics of an interdisciplinary teaching unit,
the importance of instructional differentiation in the middle grades curriculum,
the value of an appropriate classroom management plan for early adolescents, and
theoretical and practical applications of research on middle grades curriculum and pedagogy.
Instructional strategies employed
:Class discussion, reflection, critical reading, presentation, and lecture.
Assessment strategies employed
:Blog discussion, article reviews, book reviews, presentations, reflections, and synthesis project.
Technology, equipment, or skills required
:This course uses a class blog, which is accessible to you via the internet throughhttp://msc441ssii2010.blogspot.com/. All course materials (including the text) and supplemental readings
Knorr ED 441/641 Middle School Curriculum 2 of 5 06/22/10SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
will be posted on this blog. You are expected to submit your assignments by e-mail. I will give youfeedback on all of these assignments electronically by e-mail as well.
You should check our course blogand e-mail frequently.
For reading class resources and communication, internet access, your Clemson e-mail account, and the ability to read Office-compatible and PDF files (Adobe Reader or compatible) arerequired. Office- compatible files are
for article reviews and other document submissions.
Attendance/Participation Policy
:In this online course, you will interact several times with the professor and classmates per week throughvarious methods, including blog postings and e-mails of class assignments, as instructed in the classsyllabus and my instructions to you. Failure to interact as indicated will result in significant reduction inyour grade.
Assignments at a Glance
Assignment Details:
 Article Reviews:
brief responses (approximately two pages/ 250 words), illustrating professional criticalthinking on a class day’s assigned article posted on the class blog, and are due
before that class.
Thesearticle reviews should be e-mailed to me atrknorr@g.clemson.edu
: brief responses (approximately two pages/ 250 words) to a prompt posted on the class blog;the response should illustrate professional critical thinking
on that day’s class topic
and are due
beforethe beginning of the next class
. See class blog at http://msc441ssii2010.blogspot.com/
 Book Review:
The book review is a written report of your examination of major ideas contained in your assigned book, based on its applicability to teaching middle school and early adolescents. You shouldsummarize the major themes in the book, give examples of how they would be used, and provide insightinto their further application in a middle school setting.
Curriculum Synthesis:
The curriculum synthesis is a statement of your educated concept of middle schoolcurriculum, based on the ideas covered in this course. The framework for this synthesis is
This I Believe
,an extension of the ideas of 
This We Believe
. It should show your critical thinking, based on the materials presented and other information you have located to bolster your ideas. I will provide more detail to youin a separate mailing.
Knorr ED 441/641 Middle School Curriculum 3 of 5 06/22/10SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE 
Article Reviews25Reflections20Book Review 25Curriculum Synthesis30
Grading Scale out of 100 total points:
A: 92%-100%B: 85%-91%C: 75%-84%D: 70%-74%F: <70%

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