Education 391. Secondary School Curriculum
This fall semester course prepares students to undertake the spring semester student-teaching practicum (EDUC 496). In particular, students will learn how to plan lessons that meet or exceed the five professional standards that comprise the Massachusetts Preservice Performance Assessment for Teachers (planning curriculum, delivering instruction, managing the classroom, promoting equity, and meeting professional responsibilities). By reading, discussing, observing, and planning, students begin to develop their own instructional goals and practices. The course includes a 35-hour pre-practicum in which students observe and participate in a local public school classroom. Throughout the course, students will respond to the following essential questions: What are your goals for students? What teaching strategies will you employ to help students reach these goals? How can you meet the needs of academically, linguistically, and culturally diverse classes?