Exploratory Teaching is designed
for students who are interested in becoming teachers.
The course includes the study of teaching as a profession,
the history of education, social issues in education,
teaching practices and instructional strategies, as well
as field experiences in the high school. Students will
work as teacher aides and must complete such tasks as
designing lesson plans, designing and decorating bulletin
boards, and learning various classroom procedures.
Students will be able to: (1)
Identify the positive and negative characteristics of
being a teacher; (2) Identify a teacher's effect on student
learning; (3) Identify & discuss reasons people have
for choosing to teach; (4) Trace the history of American
education from colonial times to the present; (5) Describe
the major historical events in the development of the
American education system.
Each student must write weekly
journals which covers a specific topic. They also create
projects such as timelines, PowerPoint projects, and
oral reports. An evaulation sheet is completed by each
student's mentor teacher covering a range of criteria.
Each student must also pass a written final exam.
A website enhances student learning
as the student is always in touch with the subject and
the teacher. Students can communicate with me through
this site at any time--at night, weekends, etc. If they
miss a lesson, they can find the makeup work online.
All classroom update information is posted on this site.
Lessons are also taught directly from this site both
hands-on and through an Infocus machine.
This unit is my curriculum exclusively,
and the only other materials I use are novels that my
students must read. Not only do students learn about
teaching, they also learn about technology at the same
time. The Internet provides valuable resources not always
found in print or which may be prohibitively expensive
About the teacher:
Kathleen Brady is a teacher at Flanagan High
School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
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