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Session 1 - Tuesday, 31August

Before class

  • If possible, check out the course websites and get your hands on a copy of the required text (Parsons & Brown, 2002)

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
    • Introductions
    • Check-in
    • Review of syllabus, discussion of assignments
    • Review of class resources
  • Conceptual work: What is Action Research?
  • Closure: Setting the rest of the agenda

After class

  • Reading: Parsons & Brown, Ch. 1 & 2
  • Assignments
    • WTL
    • Review your portfolio & fill out self-assessment
    • For next session: Bring something that represents your current practice

Session 2 - Tuesday, 7 Sep

Before class

  • Complete reading; don't forget to bring your 'current practice' item! Be prepared for a photo!

During class (ppt)

  • Check in / Opening snapshot of yourself as an educator
  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
    • Walking, talking, dressing, eating, thinking, sleeping, standing, & breathing like a teacher (whole-class, small-group, one-on-one)
    • Portfolio review / overview
    • Action research project topic discussion
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading: Resume & job-hunting materials posted in CourseSite
  • Assignments 
    • WTL
    • Brainstorm one or more topics for your action research project
    • Conduct portfolio self-evaluation

Session 3 - Tuesday, 14 Sep

Before class

  • Complete reading, portfolio self-assess

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
    • Job search presentation (Lynn D'Angelo)
    • Portfolio discussion
    • Action research
      • Review / discussion of selecting topic, doing lit review
      • Designing research: selecting data, collecting data, analyzing data
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading: Parsons & Brown, Ch. 3-4
  • Assignments:
    • WTL
    • Work on portfolio -- respond to your self-evaluation
    • Action research: Submit your steps 1-2-3 document! Just do as much as you can.

Session 4 - Tuesday, 21 Sep

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Check-in
  • In the classroom: Assessment & communication
  • Differentiation / including all learners
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading: Parsons & Brown, Ch. 5 & 6
  • Assignments
    • WTL
      • In prep for next week: What practices (or needs) do you see in your classroom(s) for
        • Differentiation of instruction
        • Adaptive practices (e.g., large-print materials, assisted note-taking, preferential seating)
        • Alternative assessment techniques
        • ...and what's driving these? Cultural/linguistic differences? Diagnosed concerns on an IEP? Undiagnosed-but-perceptible needs of learners? Beliefs in quality instruction and assessment? 
    • Action research checksheet for steps 1, 2, & 3 (if you haven't done it already)

Session 5 - Tuesday, 28 Sep

Before class

  • Complete the reading.

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Certification process
  • PDE 430A info & check-in
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 6 - Tuesday, 5 Oct

Before class

  • Complete readings

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

( PACING BREAK - Tuesday, 12 October - NO CLASS )

Session 7 - Tuesday, 19 Oct

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 8 - Tuesday, 26 Oct

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 9 - Tuesday, 2 Nov

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

( SOCIAL STUDIES CONFERENCE - Tuesday, 9 November - NO CLASS )
Session 10 - Tuesday, 16 Nov

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 11 - Tuesday, 23 Nov

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 12 - Tuesday, 30 Nov

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

Session 13 - Tuesday, 7 Dec

Before class

  • Complete reading

During class (ppt)

  • Housekeeping
  • Conceptual work
  • Closure

After class

  • Reading
  • Assignments

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