Education | Examining Self as Teacher
F200 | 5668 | Dr. Fritz Lieber


Introduction and Goals

This course is an opportunity for you to explore the discipline and
profession of teaching.  I hope you will have a fair idea, by the end
of the semester, what it means to be a teacher, and whether you want
to pursue teaching as a career.

An Educational Understanding

To be a teacher and to be a student in a classroom presumes a certain
educational (and perhaps even spiritual) undertaking.  I want to try
to make that undertaking an understanding.  That is, I want you to
know what I expect.  If you remain in the course, I assume you share
my expectations.

I expect us to help each other learn about ourselves and about
teaching.
I expect us to have fun.
I will listen to you and respect you, and I expect you to reciprocate.
I will be genuine and try to understand you, and I expect you to be
genuine and try to understand each other and our work.
I will challenge you to think, feel, and express yourselves.
I expect you to challenge yourselves to think, feel, and express
yourselves.
I will give you a fair and frequent idea of your progress.
I expect you to examine yourselves, and give me a fair and frequent
idea of your own progress.
I expect you to participate openly, honestly, and adventurously as a
community of learners.
	
Examinations and Papers

There are no examinations or quizzes in this course.  You will write,
as assigned, a one-page abstract and one-page lesson plan for each
reading.  These one-page papers are due at the beginning of each class
period.  No late papers will be accepted.  The abstract is a summary
in which you state the main points of the reading in a coherent
narrative.  The lesson plan is an outline (or, if you choose, a
narrative) of your plan to teach the readings (including, as you see
fit, instructional goals, strategies, time to be taken, audience,
materials needed, etc.).  During the last week of the course, you will
turn in a three-page assessment of yourself as a teacher.  You will
receive a separate written explanation of this paper.

Text

The only text for the course is a course packet, available at T.I.S.
Bookstore, entitled F200 Examining Self as Teacher, Indiana
University, Fall 2002.

Teaching Exercises

You will each have several opportunities to teach the class.  These
opportunities will be ten-minute exercises in which you teach the
class something from the day's reading, or something of your own
choosing.

Field Experience

I hope we will have a 5-week field experience in which you will spend
two hours per week in an elementary school.  The field experience is
an opportunity for you to observe and participate in an actual
classroom.  You will keep a weekly journal of your field experience.
I will give you more details of the fieldwork requirements as they
develop.

Assessment and Absences

Your grade is based on papers (abstract, lesson plan, and
self-assessment), teaching exercises, and field experience.  The
division of points is as follows:
Papers	60%	
(abstract and plan = 2 pts. each; assess = 4pts.)
Teaching Exercises 15%
Field Experience 25%
Your have two unexcused absences.  Other absences must be documented.

How to Reach Me

Office hours are by appointment.  I am in my office most days, and you
are welcome to stop by unannounced, but the best way to see me is to
arrange an appointment.  I hope you will each find time to meet with
me during the semester.  My door is almost always open.  My office
information is as follows:

Schedule of Classes

Tuesday, Sept 3	
Orientation and Introductions

Thursday, Sept 5	
Community-building

Tuesday, Sept 10	
Beginnings
Discuss Course Packet (CP) pp. 1-29
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Sept 12	
Re(becoming) a Learner
Discuss CP, pp. 30-45
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Tuesday, Sept 17	
Trying on Styles
Discuss CP, pp. 46-68
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Sept 19	
Helping Students Discover
Discuss CP, pp. 69-86
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Tuesday, Sept 24	
Dealing with Feelings and Enriching Humanness
Discuss CP, pp. 87-99
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Sept 26	
After Saying "Hello," and Shadowing a Student
Discuss CP, pp. 100-122
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Tuesday, Oct 1	
Helping and Talking, and Knowing Teachers
Discuss CP, pp. 123-153
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Oct 3	
Schooling
Discuss CP, pp. 154-172
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Tuesday, Oct 8	
Schooling, Society, and Grading
Discuss CP, pp. 173-193
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Oct 10	
Yourself and Teaching
Discuss CP, pp. 194-216
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Schedule of Classes (continued)

Tuesday, Oct 15	
Planning the Field Experience

Thursday, Oct 17	
Planning the Field Experience

Tuesday, Oct 21- Thursday, Nov 21	
Field Experience (we will meet only once a week during the field
experience…details to be announced)

Tuesday, Nov 26	
Taking Sides
CP, pp. 275-289
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Nov 28	
THANKSGIVING (no class)

Tuesday, Dec 3	
How Children Fail
CP, pp. 291-306
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Thursday, Dec 5	
Plato
CP, pp. 307-310
Abstract and Lesson Plan due

Tuesday, Dec 10	
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Kahil Gibran
CP, pp. 311-319
Abstract and Lesson Plan due
Assessment of Self as Teacher due

Thursday, Dec 12	
Course evaluations
Farewells


Grading Scale

A+ = 100
A =  94-99
A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89
B =  84-86
B- = 80-83
C+ = 77-79
C =  74-76
C- = 70-73
D+ = 67-69
D =  64-66
D- = 60-63