Teaching Physics with Toys and Literature

SMED 530

Spring 2002

I. Descriptive Information:
                Course Description:      3 hours graduate credit
                Meeting Times:              Monday Evenings 4:00-7:00 p.m.
                                                         Beginning January 28, 2002 through April 29, 2002
                                                         Class time will also be spent on Blackboard Forum

              Intended Audience:   K - 8 Educators

II. Course Goals and Objectives:

A. General Goals:

1) To increase teacher participants’ content knowledge in the area of physics;
2) To increase the awareness of inquiry science and how to effectively implement this teaching strategy in the classroom;
3) To increase the ability of teacher participants in identifying and correlating lessons to the S.C. Science Curriculum Standards;
4) To increase the ability of teacher participants in developing original classroom lessons centered around inquiry and learning cycle-based design;
5) To increase the ability of teacher participants in the designing of effective assessments.

III. Course Readings:

A. Required Text:

    Sarquis, J., Sarquis, M., Williams, J.(1995).  Teaching Physics with Toys, Middletown, Ohio:  Terrific Science Press.

    Gertz, Portman, Sarquis, M., (1996).  Teaching Physical Science through Children’s
                Literature, Middletown, Ohio:  Terrific Science Press.

B. Supplemental Readings:

* Selected related articles will be provided and assigned using Blackboard Discussion;
* South Carolina Science Curriculum Standards and National Science Education Standards.

IV. Instructional Strategies:

Lecturing, questioning, discussion, inquiry activities, cooperative learning, text and additional readings, standards correlations, assessment strategies, and reflections.

 V. Course Requirements:

A. Administrative Requirements:

* Attendance Policy:  As a part of your professional development, class attendance and punctuality is expected.  If you miss a class, you are responsible for checking with classmates to see if there were any changes in scheduling or assignments.

Honor Code:  The following statement should appear on all graded assignments:
"On my honor as a University of South Carolina-Aiken student, I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this assignment/examination.  To the best of my knowledge I am not in violation of academic honesty."  _____________________ (signature)

* Disabled Students:  If you have a physical or learning disability which might affect your performance in this class, please contact Disabled Student Services (126A B&E Building ? 803-641-3609) as soon as possible.  Once an evaluation has been made, appropriate accommodations will be determined.

B,  Required Activities:  The following assignments and activities will be used in evaluating your level of achievement in this course.  Criterion sheets for each assignment will be provided when an assignment is made.  The instructor reserves the right to change and/or delete assignments.  Assignments should be typed unless otherwise specified.  Computers for word processing are available in B&E 238.

* Point Values for Assignments:

15     Discussion/Participation/Attendance
15     Lesson Evaluations/Reflections (Journal Entries)
15     Blackboard Forum on classroom lessons and articles
25      Assessment
40     Project including video
40     Final Exam

150 Total Points

VI. Grading Scale:

100% - 94% = A
 93%  - 90% = B+
 89%  - 85% = B
 84%  - 82% = C+
 81%  - 78% = C
 77%  - 74% = D+
 73%  - 70% = D
 Below 70% = F