September 14th, 2015

Week 1 – September 14th, 2015   

Today we had an introduction to our Education Social Studies 310 course. I was very excited to come back to school, start a new semester/school year, and eager to meet my new profs. Milissa introduced us to this app called “Remind.” I recommend teachers to use this app as it is user-friendly and is used as a communication device between teacher and students (or parents) in regards to sending reminders or messages out for following classes (what’s due, what’s coming up, teacher will be away, etc.)

Milissa then discussed with us what her expectations were for this semester and how it is important that as future teachers we collaboratively gather information together to create lesson plans and units. She expressed the importance of “team teaching” or “co-teaching,” in order to bring units and subject areas together (cross-curricular competencies).

Group Discussion:
1. What do we know about the SK curriculum already?
– It is complex; as well we have discussed in other courses in past semesters about what the hidden curriculum is.

2. What is the purpose of the curriculum?
– There are certain guidelines teachers need to follow (outcomes and indicators).
– The curriculum is used within lesson plans and units in order for students to learn, as well help students make connections with the curriculum (outcomes) to their daily lives.
– Curriculum is Lived.

3. What is an outcome, what is an indicator and what is the difference?

What are indicators?

  • An indicator is a specific, observable and measurable characteristic that can be used to show changes or progress a programme is making toward achieving a specific outcome.
  • There should be at least one indicator for each outcome. The indicator should be focused, clear and specific. The change measured by the indicator should represent progress that the programme hopes to make.
  • An indicator should be defined in precise, unambiguous terms that describe clearly and exactly what is being measured. Where practical, the indicator should give a relatively good idea of the data required and the population among whom the indicator is measured.

http://www.endvawnow.org/en/articles/336-indicators.html

What are Outcomes?

  • Outcomes state the general purpose of each lesson or unit plan.
  • The primary difference between student outcomes and performance indicators is that student outcomes are intended to provide general information about the focus of student learning and are broadly stated of the outcome, not measurable, while performance indicators are concrete measurable performances students must meet as indicators of achievement. Performance indicators are developed from program outcomes.

http://www.abet.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/program-outcomes-and-performance-indicators.pdf

4. What is Inquiry in Social Studies?
– Inquiry involves: doing, exploring, and engaging in hands-on activities.
– It also involves questioning; and having the tools to do it.
– Inquiry-based learning involves students learning on their own interests and their work within the lesson or activity is driven by themselves.

** Blog Update: A part of our ESST 310 course is creating a user-friendly teachers blog. As soon as Milissa started explaining the assignment, what her expectations were, and further explained how to create the blog… I PANICKED!! I am not good with technology at all and immediately made assumptions that I was not going to be able to do this assignment. I remember talking to Milissa after class seeing if I could write journal reflections instead or do something else in place of this assignment. She told me to take a step out of my comfort zone and see how it goes… So let’s see how this goes now, and give it a try!

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