Choose one of the following.
Environmental Education Workshop
Candidates will attend and participate in a 6-hour environmental education workshop (generally on a Saturday) and will write a short, guided reflection paper. In the paper candidates will discuss the main themes of the workshop and any new information or ideas encountered. Candidates will then select TWO of the activities related to science or social studies, describe their implementation, the grade and SOL they can be used to teach, and how they might be adapted or modified for use in an elementary classroom.
Webinar or Online Module Review
Candidates will complete 2 webinars and/or modules from the Library of Congress and write a short, guided reflection paper. In the paper candidates will discuss the main themes of the modules/webinars and any new information or ideas encountered. Candidates will then select TWO primary sources from the collection and describe the grade and specific SOL they can be used to teach and the strategies for doing so.
Library of Congress Online Modules
Library of Congress PD Webinars
Book Response Paper
Candidates will select and read ONE of the following books on instructional practice.
Altieri, J.L. (2011). Content counts! Developing disciplinary literacy skills, K-6. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. http://www.amazon.com/Content-Counts-Developing-Disciplinary-Literacy/dp/0872078388/
Dougherty, E. (2012). Assignments matter: Making the connections that help students meet standards. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
Himmele, P. and Himmele, W. (2010). Total participation techniques: Making every student an active learner. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
Ritchart, R., Church, M., & Morrison, K. (2011). Making thinking visible: How to promote engagement, understanding, and independence for all learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
After reading the selected text, candidates will write a response paper that provides a brief overview of the text and describes in depth three new ideas learned about instruction. Then they will describe the ways in which these ideas might influence classroom practice and find their way into work with students.