2013 Summer Term
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A study of literature for older children including fiction and non-fiction. Multi-media as related to literature, selection and usage are also explored.
THE TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL
This course prepares preservice teachers to organize the social studies curriculum, construct strategies for instruction and to teach problem solving in the elementary and middle school. Additionally, the course gives attention to methods of pupil assessment, selection of instructional materials, use of different instructional media to facilitate learning among students with a wide range of abilities and various cultural backgrounds.
STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING VISUAL LITERACY
The pervasiveness of the visual experience in contemporary life is indisputable. Whether one is engaged in the mundane coping with one's surroundings; navigating a lived or virtual setting; acquiring new knowledge or being involved in gaming or entertainment all necessitate certain visual literacy skills. This course is a study of the means and methods of engaging elementary and middle school children in the skills and activities needed to develop the varied literacies needed to engage in their visual world.
TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADES
The student will be instructed in how to assist the elementary/middle pupil in his understanding of mathematics, will become acquainted with different pedagogical techniques to be used in the contemporary mathematics classroom and will be taught to devise evaluation techniques to measure their effectiveness.