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Assignments - Introduction to Education/SPM(Archived)
Chapter 7 History of Education in the United States
Due Date: 9/17/2014
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM


Read Chapter 7. We will take a pre-test over chapter 7 to see what you already know about the history of education. Then, you will work on the Web quest about the History of American Education(go to print outs). The items are divided into Educational Time Periods. After working on the Webquest, choose one of these time periods to do a Discovery Education board on the topic to include video clips, important dates, people, etc.  You will then teach that time period to the class using your Boards on Board Builder Discovery Education KET.

Webquest is due September 17th.

Board Builder due September 23rd.



Chapter 1
Due Date: 8/12/2014
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM


Use the links below to find out the job outlook for elementary teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers.

What is the median pay nationally?

What is the entry level education for each?

Email your answers to

Creating Your Own School
Due Date: 9/10/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Read this article. What are the common characteristics of the schools listed in this article? What do you need to consider when planning your own school?

On your own, quietly write down a list of classes/curriculum you would offer at a school you could create. What extra curricular activities would you offer?

When instructed, work with your table or group and see who had some of the same classes/curriculums/activities that you did.  This could be the person/people that you work with on our next assignment. 

Design your perfect school. Work in groups at your table. What subjects would be taught? Curriculum? What sports? Extra-curricular activities?

 Work in groups(2-4) designing your own school. Come up with support for why you are choosing the subjects/curriculum taught. Write up your plan for your school as a proposal.  Give support for why you chose the subjects/curriculum you chose.

If you prefer to work alone on this you may.  It is best to work with people who share your views on education and curriculum choices. Your proposal will be due Sept. 10th.

Chapter 2 discussion questions
Due Date: 9/6/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Complete the questions posted on the forms link for Chapter 2.  You may work with others at your table, however you need to answer your own questions in your own words. 

Chapter 1 Conclusion
Due Date: 8/26/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Monday, August 26 Class Day

Finished discussion of Chapter One.

Does the United States value education? – draw a line on your paper to divide the page. List 5 things as proof that we do. List 5 things as proof that we may not. Class discussion of lists.

In small groups, identify what you believe to be the three primary purposes of education (that


is, What’s education for?) Don’t stop until everyone is in agreement on the three purposes (in no


particular order).


Was this an easy task? If not, why was it difficult? Was your own schooling in line with

these purposes you identified? How would the various stakeholders in education (students,


teachers, parents, policymakers, tax-paying citizens, business owners) agree or disagree with your


three purposes?


Comprehensive Final Exam for EDU 250
Due Date: 5/23/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Read Chapter 6 Begin Thinking about WKU paper #2
Due Date: 5/20/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Read Chapter 6 and be ready to discuss it when we return from Spring Break.

Fine the WKU paper rubric and information for the second paper on the Print Outs link.


Final Journal Summary
Due Date: 5/17/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

You should submit a minimum of two typed pages, double spaced, no larger than 12 font of your experience in observations in this class.  You will summarize all four sites.

Tell about the good ideas, what you gained from the experience, how you feel about going into the field of teaching.


New Teacher Packet
Due Date: 4/30/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Go to the Print Outs link and print out the requirements for your new teacher packet. You will establishing your classroom as a new teacher. All itmes will be due April 30th.

Article Critique
Due Date: 3/29/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Choose an article that I printed out for the class.  Read the article and write a one page critique of the article.  See the details about the assignment in the Print Outs tab.

Test over Chapters 4 & 5
Due Date: 3/26/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

We will have a test over Chapters 4 & 5 on March 26th.  Your speeches and essays will be due this day too.

Essay or Speech about Assessment
Due Date: 3/26/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Choose one of these topics or make up your own claim about assessment and education.

The speech will be up to 5 minutes long.  Turn in an outline and a reference page if you use stats or facts from research.

The essay must be at least 2 pages typed, double spaced, 12 pt. font with a bibliography page.  See print outs for rubric and claim + reason format.


Topics for persuasive essay or speech on student assessment


1.      State standardized tests should be done away with

2.      There are benefits to standardized testing

3.      There are drawbacks to standardized testing

4.      Teachers should not evaluate students by tests alone

5.      Teachers should be able to choose their own form of assessment in their classrooms

6.      Teachers’ pay should be based on student performance on state mandated tests

7.      Teachers’ pay should not be based on student performance on state mandated tests

8.      Others forms of assessment such as ______ should be used to evaluate students instead of testing

9.      State assessments do not prepare students for college or the work world.

10.  State assessments do prepare students for college or the work world.

11.  Schools should receive state and federal funding based on student performance on assessments

12.  Schools should not receive state and federal funding based on student performance on assessments

13.  School curriculum should not be state assessment driven

14.  School curriculum should be state assessment driven

15.  Scholarships for college should not be awarded based on assessment scores, they should be awarded for hard work and merit


Curriculum and Instruction
Due Date: 3/7/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Chapter 4   Curriculum and Instruction


1.       What are the minimum high school graduation requirements? What are the number of credits required in each area?

 How does that compare to MCHS’s graduation requirements?


2.       Choose one subject area/grade level and find a curriculum map for that area and level. List the topics to be taught that school year.

Ex. 9th grade science/physical science—scientific inquiry, process skills, applications and connections, motions and forces, etc..

3.       In the Key concepts column, choose 5 concepts – Students will ……….

 4.       Convert your 5 concept statements into “I Can” statements for students.

  5.       Choose one of your “I Can” statements and look at activities, demonstrators, connections you will use to teach this to your class.


1.       Design a lesson of how you will teach this concept to your students.

 2.       List the materials you will need to teach this lesson.

3.       List resources you will use to help you with planning this lesson.

 4.       What type of learning checks will you do to see how students are learning the material?

 5.       How will you self evaluate how well the lesson went in class?

Journal Summary #2 for Site 3 and Visitation Log
Due Date: 2/28/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Your second journal summary for site 3 will be due February 28th along with your filled out and signed visitation log. 

You will begin visits to site 4 on March 5th.

Read Chapter 4
Due Date: 2/26/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Read Chapter 4 and be ready to discuss it in class on Tuesday, February 26th.

Take Home Test over Chapters 3 & 7
Due Date: 2/19/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Answer all questions in complete sentences unless asked to list items. 

Test Review Questions
Due Date: 2/14/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Create 30 test questions to review for the exam over Chapters 3 and 7. 

Do not make more than 10 of each type of question: multiple choice, True or False, Fill in the blank or essay. 

Chapter 3 Student Differences and Similarities
Due Date: 1/31/2013
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Assignment- Read Chap 3 Keep a list of similarities and differences addressed in the chapter

Students will choose a topic of diversity and research that topic to find at least 5 resources to be helpful as a new teacher.  We will compile the resources into a booklet. Students will share a few of their resources with the class.  Resources in correct format due January 31.

 List of Differences and students assigned to them:

Culture- Marissa Clark

Language- Leah Slivkoff

Family- Allie Stull, Chelsi Ashbaugh, Jerrie Shamblin

Gender - Olivia Buckman, Taylor Hammond, Chelsey Clayborn

Religion - Alec Mielke

Socioeconomic - Addie Durham, Jessie Medley, Bryce Wood, Chad Eaton

Gifted & Talented - Marisa Coronado, Erica Rhodes, Montana Noe, Chelsea Milburn

Learning Disabled - Megan Hardesty, Andre Dowell, Zack Ledford, Bryce Vittitoe, Alexis Greco, Autumn Whitehead

Learning Styles -- Kelsey Yates, Sean Graham, Darla West, Emily Rice, Nick Vincent, Alisha Cross

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Persuasive Speech on Educational Topic
Due Date: 11/26/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Persuasive Speech for EDU 250

Choose a topic to give a 3-5 minute speech on in class. You must do research to find support for your argument. Use data, statistics, or examples to support your stand on your chosen topic. Make sure your introduction catches the attention of the audience. Focus on one or two major issues to support your stand. Make sure your ending is exciting and lively. Use a clear loud speaking voice and have good eye contact with your audience. The attached rubric will be used to evaluate your speech. You may use notes but no not read your notes to the class.  (See Print Outs for Rubric)

Persuasive Speech Topics in Education

The federal government should not be involved in public education. It should be each state’s responsibility.

School principals should not have total control of school funds.

Teachers’ salaries should be based on merit pay.

Tenure should be done away with.

Sex education should / should not be taught in schools

States should / should not fund schools run by religious groups

Schools should / should not have mandatory drug-tests for athletes

Competency exams should be required in order to graduate from high schools

Should schools be allowed to teach creation along with evolution

Teachers should / should not have pay based on performance

All students should / should not be required to pass a competency exam before being passed from elementary school to junior high school

All students should / should not be required to pass a competency exam before being passed from junior high school to high school

Teachers should get higher pay in teacher shortage areas (math, science, special education, urban schools)

Eliminating the Traditional A-B-C-D-F Grading System with a different grading system

 Public schools are/aren’t better than private schools

 Are grades important? Discuss whether grades are necessary in order to keep students on track with learning

Single-sex public schools are more effective than co-ed public schools.

Home schooling should be outlawed

Year around school should be mandatory for all states

Schools should/should not require students to wear uniforms

The arts programs in schools should receive more funding

State colleges and Universities should provide free tuition to students who maintain a 4.0 GPA

All students in high school should be required to take a physical education class all four years of school to stop teen obesity

All students should be required to be fluent in a second language

All students should receive free lunch at school

High schools should start later in the day to accommodate teenagers growth patterns and need for more sleep

Teachers’ class sizes should not be greater than 15 students


Government and Finance in Education
Due Date: 11/16/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM
  • Instructions

    Choose one of the topics from Chapter 11 below.  Research the topic and find at least 5 facts to share with the class. You will present these to the class on November 16th. You may use Powerpoint, Prezi, Notes, Handouts, Lecture or whatever method you choose to present the information to the class on Nov. 16th.

    Topics to choose from:(Topics have been chosen already)

    Federal Government's Involvement in Education--Alec, Sean, Trey, Erica, Chelsey C.

    State Government's Involvement in Education-- Jerrie, Alisha, Taylor H., Marissa C., Chelsea M.

    School District Level Powers/ Responsibilities-- Allie, Chelsi A., Bryce V. , Autumn, Olivia

    School Principals Powers/Responsibilities-- Andre, Megan, Leah, Jessie, Logan, Montana, Marisa C.

    How are Schools Financed? Zack, Alexis, Darla, Kelsey, Bryce W.

    How are School Funds Spent? Who decides? Taylor J., Emily, Addie, Chad, EmilyR., Nick

Chapter 10 Educational Ethical and Legal Issues
Due Date: 11/2/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM


Chapter 10 Ethical and Legal issues in U. S. Schools

Create a Pictures/Pictograms to represent the following legal terms from Chapter 10.


You may use powerpoint, prezy, moviemaker, publisher, paint, paper and markers/crayons/colored pencils, etc to create


your visual for the terms.


You need to email/print out the project to me by Nov. 2nd.


Educational Legal Terms




in loco parentis








copyright laws


interpersonal skills


unreasonable search and seizure










due process


symbolic expression


academic freedom




Philosophy of Education Paper
Due Date: 10/29/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Prompt/Rubric For EDU-250 Educational Philosophy




EDU 250 Critical Performance - Educational Philosophy

Kentucky Teacher Standard(s) Assessed:  Standard 7 - Reflects on and Evaluates Teaching and Learning

Purpose and Use Statement: The critical performance is an evaluation of Kentucky Teacher Standard 7: Reflects on and Evaluates Teaching and Learning. Completion and uploading of this performance into the electronic portfolio is a requirement for a passing grade in EDU 250 and/or MGE 275.

Graded Product: Written reflection

The Task: Through a written summary, reflect upon your educational philosophy.

The philosophy paper should address the four required components listed here:

What do you believe are the purposes of education or schooling?

How do you think children learn?

What is the teacher's role in the classroom? In the school? In the community?

What strategies will you use to become an effective teacher?

The Mechanics: Double space (2-4 pages)











Scoring Rubric:


Not Demonstrated


Partially Demonstrated




Exceeds Expectations


Content Development

Required responses addressed with examples.

NOT all questions are addressed AND examples are not adequate.

NOT all questions are addressed OR examples are not adequate.

Questions are somewhat addressed AND adequate examples of each are given.

Four of the questions are thoroughly addressed AND adequate examples of each are given.


Typed, Double- Spaced,

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Typed and SAVED


errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Typed and SAVED;

7-9 errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Typed and SAVED;

4-6 errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Typed and SAVED

1-3 errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.



Chapter 8 - Philosophy of Education
Due Date: 9/25/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Your group is responsible for teaching the topic you chose to the class.  You must use some form of technology or web 2.0 tool as listed on my links.  Use a web tool listed or talk to Mrs. Zweifel about another choice.

You may give the class notes, terms, etc. that may help you in teaching the concept you have chosen.

You can use your textbook as a source or the web.  If you use the web, make sure it is a reliable source.

Chapter 8 – Philosophy of Education groups

 Metaphysics – Olivia, Zack, Alexis, Leah

Epistemology – Kelsey, Darla, Trey

Axiology – Andre, Megan, Chad

Logic – Alec, Sean, Jerrie

Essentialism – Montana, Chelsea M. , Erica

Prennialism – Nick, Emily R.

Progressivism – Taylor J., Alisha

Social Reconstructionism –Allie, Chesi A., Jessie, Logan

Idealism – Marissa, Marisa, Chelsey C.

Romanticism – Taylor H. , Emily K, Addie

Post Modernism – Bryce, Bryce, Autumn

Test over Chapters 1 and 2
Due Date: 9/18/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Test over Chapters 1 & 2.  25 questions of multiple choice, true or false, and short answer.

Create Your Own School
Due Date: 9/11/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Design your own school

September 2012


Read the article on the link


List some things to consider when planning your own school.






What grades would be taught at your school?


What subjects/curriculum would be taught at your school?


What rules would be important for you to enforce at your school?


What clubs/sports/ extra- curricular activities would you provide at your school?


How would you assess students?






Begin Reading Chapter 8 Educational Philosphy
Due Date: 9/10/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Observation Journal Summary and Site information Sheet
Due Date: 9/4/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Submit a one page typed summary of your observations so far.  You need to also include the site infomation sheet that tells who you are observing, grade level, info about the class. etc.


College Research
Due Date: 8/27/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

List the top 3 choices you have right now for college/school/military after hs graduation. 

List at least 2 fields of study you are interested in pursuing after hs.

Do your college/school choices offer degrees in these topics?

What are the requirements to get into the college/school? What are the requirements for the degree program? What is the cost to attend this school?

This research needs to go in your journal.

Teacher Interview
Due Date: 8/27/2012
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

    Choose a teacher that you would like to interview. It can be a current teacher you have in class, one from your elementary or middle school years, or one that just really stands out in your mind as a favorite.  Make up questions to ask this teacher when you interview him or her.  You have two options to choose from for completing the interview. First, you can video tape the interview to be posted to either the school's student teacher share drive or Youtube.  The interview needs to be at least 3 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes.  You will need to turn in a copy of your questions.  We will watch the interviews in class. Your second option is a written interview. The interview will be in question/answer format like interviews in magazines.  Either option you must have a minimum of eight questions. Make sure you mention something about advice they would give new teachers as one of your questions.

You can use this link for some interview tips.

Career Inventory and Self Evaluation
Due Date: 8/8/2011
Subject: Introduction to Education/SPM

Go to the career inventory link under links.

Take the career interest inventory.  It is 7 screens of questions.  Please take your time and answer the questions honestly.  That is the only way you will get a true evaluation.

Once you finish the inventory, print out your results page. 

In your journal, reflect on what you learned from doing this inventory.  What did you learn about yourself you never really realized before taking time to answers these questions?  What surprised you?  What did you already know about yourself? Did you agree with the career suggestions?