PEDU 9086: Expanding Today’s Curriculum with Teacher Made Activities

Your course. Your timeline. Your way. Earn up to 3 graduate level credits upon completion of this course. You choose how many credits you want to earn when you register.

· June 8, 2020
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Course Description

Designed for the educator who wants to take their students beyond the bounds of the standard curriculum, this course provides the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit for creating activities to expand the normal course of study. Building on ideas from professional development workshops, conferences, webinars, or training, you can customize your curriculum with teacher-made activities that you are comfortable using, tailor-made to scaffold specifically targeted lesson objectives and increase student involvement and learning. Improve student performance by building motivational activities that support your curriculum through increased student engagement. With the assistance of your University of the Pacific professor, you will select the curriculum objectives you want to reinforce and develop activities that will motivate your students, enhance the lesson, and increase student involvement. Once you have completed the activity in your classroom, you will submit proof of implementation, your time log, and a written reflection evaluating the use and effect of your teacher-made activity.

Upon successful completion of a professional development workshop, conference, webinar or training, you will invest time reflecting on your learnings, research and relevant readings to culminate in an innovative project of your choice (e.g., lesson[s], curriculum, learning activities, or a professional development plan, etc.) that applies the strategies learned. As a student, your practicum requirements will consist of developing learning activities and completing a reflection paper to demonstrate the implementation of strategies learned. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for completing your coursework requirements. The specific requirements concerning your reflection paper and time log are based on how many credits you take per course.

 

 

Credit Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection + 3 activities

2 credits = 6-page reflection + 6 activities

3 credits = 9-page reflection + 9 activities

 

Completely designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to submit coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted upon request. Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state. A University of the Pacific instructor is available for support and feedback throughout the entire course duration.

 

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.

Choose 1-3 credits
Pay only $79 per credit
100% Online & Self-Paced
Up to 1 year to complete your course
Earn an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification.  The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.

Course Objectives

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:

  •  Identify meaningful professional development experiences to support your work as an educator.
  •  Apply strategies and insights gained to an Innovative Project that you will use in your work.
  •  Reflect on how these professional development experiences will impact future growth.
  • Engage in meaningful professional development experiences to supplement your role as an educator.
  • Integrate and apply relevant strategies and insights acquired to a final project that will be used in your work setting.
  • Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.
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Course Includes

  • 2 Sections

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Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

Type a 3-page, single-spaced reflection paper describing in detail your professional development with Echoes & Reflections. Be creative with your writing and try to incorporate the key points below into the structure of your paper:

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing a professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/power point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target: grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards set by for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

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Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you have created and implemented into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing a professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target (grade level, type of class, groups):
Define the needs and goals of the learners for whom you designed these ideas for, and describe how they might correlate to your learners specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future implementation of the projects?

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

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Self-Created Time Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Sample Time Log

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created powerpoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3 page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time to complete own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

*The log above is only a sample. Specific course guidelines and requirements will be provided upon course enrollment. 

 

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