Teaching

EDT 520 Methods for Digital Age Teaching and Learning

In this foundational course students will explore how digital tools allow for new models of teaching and learning. Students will engage in a critical review of how technology has been used, and explore current trends in educational settings. Students will discuss relevant theories of cognition, explore issues of access and equity, and consider how curriculum, instruction, and assessment might be designed with the support of technology. The learning environment for the course will model different engagement, instructional, and assessment strategies including readings, multiple modes of discussion and reflection, practical applications, design projects, and social networks.

  • Fall 2016
  • Summer 2016
  • Spring 2016

EDU 582 Research Methods
This course is designed to help students develop a working understanding of theories and techniques of both qualitative and quantitative educational research. Students will write a research proposal including a literature review as part of this course.

  • Summer 2016
  • Summer 2015
  • Summer 2014

EDU 586 Field-Based Research I
Research conducted by classroom teachers, often concurrent with their teaching, is a component of reflective practice and professional learning grounded in an ethical commitment to improving practice and actualizing educational values. This course is designed to provide an in-depth review of research design including collaborative, qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research. Ethical issues involved in field-based research, with an emphasis on those pertaining to research in educational settings, will be considered.

  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013

EDU 587 Field-Based Research II
This course is designed to be the capstone in the Master of Science in Education program. In this course, students will carry out the action research plans designed in EDU 586 Field-based Research I. Further, this course is a forum for analysis and reflection on the theoretical and experiential knowledge gained through the action research process to generate an informed, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.

  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2014

EDU 513 New Media in the Elementary Language Arts Class
This course will focus on how new media can be used to support student learning in the language arts classroom.  Students will examine current and historical practices in the language arts classroom, and explore how these practices might shift with the arrival of new tools.  Student will be asked to think critically about how and when new media should be used to support students.  Particular focus will be given to the best practices in elementary classrooms and the unique challenges and opportunities of working with this population in the digital age.

  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2010

EDU 574 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for PBE
This course is designed to provide participants with a review of the foundations of proficiency-based education. Participants will learn the key components of a proficiency-based educational system including school structures, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting; and they will apply relevant theory and researched-based practices to the design of these key components. Participants will also engage in critical discussions and demonstrate awareness of the affective and behavioral considerations for teaching and learning in a proficiency-based learning environment.

  • Summer 2015 Co-Taught with Linda Laughlin

EDU 580 Technology Module
This course is designed to prepare leaders to integrate diverse educational technologies in an educational setting in ways that reflect a theoretical, research based, and practical understanding of curriculum/assessment development and the effective uses of technology. The course emphasizes practical ways to integrate technology into everyday instruction including content-area knowledge acquisition, inquiry, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. Course content explores the role of leaders as agents of reform regarding technology and includes the role and responsibility of various technologies to address diverse learning needs by utilizing an array of applications to enhance classroom instruction, motivate learners, and connect home and school.

  • Module 1: Summer 2008, Summer 2009
  • Module 5: Summer 2011, Summer 2014
  • Module 6: Fall 2014

Other Courses I Have Taught

EDU 101 Introduction to Secondary/Middle Education and Technology for the Learner
This course provides an overview of the field, including historical and contemporary influences, knowledge of the learner, observational techniques and the study of teaching from both a personal and professional development perspective.

  • Fall 2013
  • Spring 2014

EDU 125 – Introduction to Theory and Practice in K-8 Education
Introduction to Theory and Practice in K-8 Education provides an overview of the field, including historical and contemporary influences, educational philosophy, observational techniques and the study of teaching from the perspectives of personal and professional development.

  • Fall 2007
  • Fall 2008
  • Fall 2009
  • Fall 2010

EDU 202 – Education Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education
Practical experience in a public school classroom. The student spends at least six hours per week in an assigned classroom working with a mentor teacher and participates in a weekly seminar. In classrooms, the student works with individuals, small groups, and the whole class while developing professional knowledge and responsibilities.

  • Fall 2006
  • Fall 2007
  • Spring 2008
  • Fall 2008
  • Spring 2010

EDU 302 – Computers in K-8 Education
Prospective teachers will learn to utilize computers and associated technologies to increase their own professional productivity and to enhance learning environments for their K-8 students. Topics include computer literacy, software evaluation, digital imaging, web page construction, multimedia productions, presentations, integration of computer technology into the school curriculum, and the National Educational Technology Standards.

  • Spring 2008
  • Fall 2008

SED 209 – Practicum in Special Education
This practicum is designed to give special education majors experience in working with students receiving special education services in a public school setting. Working in cooperation with a mentor teacher in the school and with a university faculty member, students will accomplish a variety of instructional and professional growth activities.

  • Spring 2009

FYS 100 – First-Year Seminar
First-Year Seminars (FYS) are limited enrollment courses designed to orient students to UMF and to facilitate students’ intellectual transition to college. The focus will be on developing students’ skills at reading, writing, discussion, and research as they engage in collaborative inquiry into open-ended questions relevant to the world beyond the classroom. Topics – which will change every semester – will often range outside the divisional curriculum and will thus allow faculty to pursue topics of a non-disciplinary or interdisciplinary nature.

  • Fall 2010