Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction for the Thinking Classroom. by Lynn Erickson. 2007 California, Sage Publications. 180 pages.

Course Description

This course will present educators with the techniques for concept-based curriculum and instruction for the thinking classroom. Teachers will examine the latest brain research and learning theory as well reviewing academic standards to contextualize them into the curriculum. Examples are explained in the numerous figures and charts that show how to adapt instructional materials and sample lessons are also provided to teachers. Educators will develop writings, lessons and activities that incorporate concept based techniques into their instructional units for classroom implementation.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will learn how the thinking classroom uses brain science for synergistic
thinking to develop the intellect as disciplinary ways of thinking and doing.

2. Teachers will examine how a concept-based journey in the inherent structure of
knowledge helps educators develop a paradigm shift for conceptual understanding.

3. Educators will review academic standards and contextualize them into the curriculum to
bring district level coherence to standards for understanding and implementation.

4. Students will be introduced to best practices techniques concept-based lessons while
adapting instructional materials for supportive methods of teaching.

5. Teachers will develop writings, lessons and activities that utilize concept-based
curriculum and instruction thinking strategies for classroom implementation.

 

Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. The Thinking Classroom
2. The Structure of Knowledge
3. Meeting Academic Standards with Integrity
4. Designing concept-Based Units and Lessons
5. Concept-Based Instruction
6. Leadership Roles

Writing Assignments

Read the book: Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom. by Lynn Erickson. Write chapter Reviews/Reflections for each of the chapters in the book. Research the topic and then write an Article Review regarding the issues related to concept-based Instruction. Then Develop a lesson/unit plan or a project or activity using various concepts in the book. Write a two-page Final Application Essay linking key concepts from the book. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice. See Rubrics below.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings, Chapter Reviews/Reflections
2. Research Article Review
3. Lesson/Unit Plan or Project/Activity
4. Final Application Essay

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

$395

3 Credits

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Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
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