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EDUC 321

Elementary Education Methods I

Course Summary: The focus of this course is integrating literacy, Social Studies, and the arts. Students are exposed to practical approaches to creating literacy-rich environments in which children can grow and develop as listeners, speakers, readers, and writers. Students are provided with an overview of literacy development and with components of Responsive Classroom or social curriculum.

Skills developed in Methods I include writing objectives, writing lesson plans which are to be submitted to cooperating teachers, reading aloud to a whole class, managing transitions, researching background knowledge for lessons, beginning classroom management skills, and the development of a preprofessional attitude. Student assignments include reading aloud, a diversity-focused project (readaloud #2), a reading project, and a Social Studies and Arts Integration project.

Cooperating teachers are expected to complete mid-semester summative evaluations, dispositions and conferences with students and complete final evaluations and dispositions on Tk20.