August 23

45 min
  • Meet the professor and vise versa
  • Circle of Selves

Course overview
From knowledge to understanding to ability.
  • You can gain knowledge from reading a book or hearing a lecture.
  • You gain understanding by applying knowledge, experiencing it in an authentic context and reflecting on it. We do this naturally in some cases, though it's not always a natural response to all knowledge (especially in contexts like school where we've been led to believe knowledge is the objective)
  • The ultimate goal is to make decisions as a teacher guided by what you understand and believe.

Syllabus overview

45 min
  • Academic Integrity: we will follow the policies in the TCU Academic Conduct Policy (pg. 17 of the Student Handbook) very closely, which encompasses:
    • Plagiarism
    • Cheating
    • Misrepresentation
    • Unauthorized access to academic records
    • Facilitating academic violations
  • Attendance
    • 1 "freebie"
    • 10 pts. per absence after that
  • Lateness
    • 2 "freebies"
    • 5 pts. per lateness after that
  • Assignments
    • I expect all work to be turned in on time
    • One letter grade deduction for each day an assignment is late.
    • After three days overdue, the assignment will not be accepted
  • Preparation and ParticipationCell phones: You don't want this to happen ...
    • Readings
    • Active participation in class

Texts: they should be available at the bookstore

  • Autobiographical Sketch (100 pts.)
  • Reading Responses (3 @ 30 pts. each)
  • Assessment Project (60 points)
  • Unit Plan (250 points)History Through a Student's Eyes (HTSE) (200 pts.)
    • Curriculum outline
    • Unit outline
    • Unit Plan (5 lessons)

  • Final Exam (100 pts.)
eCollege: we will use eCollege (fairly) extensively for distributing and hosting class documents and other information. Some tools you will want to get to know are:
  • Announcements
  • Course Documents
  • Assignments
  • Lesson Outlines
  • Gradebook

10 min

Circle of Selves: Autobiography in Education
30 minutes

As a teacher, you will be the gatekeeper of information between the full spectrum of possible subject matter and your students. Unless you are encouraged to look critically at your own perceptions as a learner, student and teacher, you will likely fall into similar patterns of how you were taught and how those around you practice their craft.

Introduction to the Social Studies
35 min

Social Studies is a broad subject with many sub-categories:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • Behavioral Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Anthropology

In Texas, there are also 8 Strands that run throughout the Social Studies curriculum:
  1. History
  2. Geography
  3. Government
  4. Citizenship
  5. Economics
  6. Culture
  7. Science, Technology and Society
  8. Social Studies Skills

For next week
10 min
  1. Readings
    • MSSS, Chs. 1-2
    • Thornton, 2001
    • Tomlinson, 2001
  2. Assignments due
    • Syllabus quiz
    • Autobiographical sketch
  3. TEKS Social Studies Standards
    • Download a copy to your computer
    • Read over them by next week