Courses

Below is a list of courses I have completed at Bloomsburg University. These courses have helped me grasp a deeper understanding of course materials as well as make connections between the course materials and the implementation of my teaching in the classroom.

B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Concentration in Language Arts:

Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Examines the historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood education. Analyzes current trends and practices for teaching children from birth to age 6.

Introduction to Exceptional Individuals: Reviews all major areas of exceptionality (visually impairments, mental retardation, hearing impairments, communication disorders, behavior disorders, learning disabilities) and acquaints the student with social, sociological, psychological, medical, historical, legal, economic and professional aspects of these conditions. Reviews current research and the latest techniques for facilitating meaningful interactions with these individuals.

Teaching of Science in the Elementary School: Emphasizes the major methods and materials used in elementary school science.

Environmental Education in the Elementary School: Emphasizes learning experiences that will (a) provide environmental education knowledge, skills, techniques and (b) encourage the development of positive attitudes, confidence, and motivation to promote environmental education in the elementary school.

Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School: Provides competencies in the selection and implementation of materials and procedures for teaching literary, visual and performing arts to elementary school children. Emphasizes comprehension and integration of fine arts into all areas of the school curriculum.

Seminar in Learning Experiences with Young Children: Outlines physical, mental, emotional and social levels of children from birth to age 8, with attention to environmental factors that foster child growth. Examines prenatal, infant-toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs to meet the needs of this age child and to provide the background of experience needed for later ventures into reading, art, arithmetic, science, social studies, music, literature, physical education and health and safety.

Teaching Reading in the Elementary School: Examines developmental reading from readiness through sixth grade.

Diagnostic and Inclusionary Practices: Presents diagnostic and remedial procedures emphasizing both standardized and informal techniques.

Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School: Emphasizes methods and materials appropriate for teaching elementary school social studies in contemporary society.

Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School: Emphasizes methods and materials designed to help elementary school children develop communication skills for today's complex society. Includes all areas of a modern language arts curriculum.

Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School: Outlines mathematical methods, materials, understandings and attitudes essential in the teaching of contemporary programs in the elementary school.

Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education I: Provides teachers with a workshop experience in infant daycare centers and nursery schools. Provides methods and materials that teachers can use and construct in their centers and classrooms. Examines theories of Bruner, Piaget, Froebel, Montessori and Vygotsky.

Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education II: Provides teachers with a workshop experience in infant daycare centers and nursery schools. Provides methods and materials that teachers can use and construct in their centers and classrooms. Examines theories of Bruner, Piaget, Froebel, Montessori and Vygotsky.

Practicum in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education: Individually prescribed course of study and activity-based learning and practice teaching.

Teaching Literacy and Literature in Diverse Classrooms: Explores literacy development to create a positive literacy learning environment for diverse learners.

Literature for Children: Studies the development of literature for children, including consideration of criteria for selecting literature for the classroom and library and methods for presenting literary works in an elementary classroom.

Child Psychology: Studies normal development and the interrelationships among various aspects of biological, cognitive, personality and social factors. Emphasizes prenatal to adolescent development.

Psychological Foundations of Education: Examines principles of psychology as applied to the classroom. Emphasizes learning processes as affected by environmental, experiential and developmental factors.

Concepts of Mathematics: Theory of Arithmetic: Presents the language of sets, the four elementary operations through the real number system and the elementary theory of numbers.

Educational Computing and Technology: Introduction to computer technology and the school setting that utilizes computers.

Principles of Teaching: An introduction to the teaching process. Various instructional techniques, methodologies and approaches are explored. Topics include: developing instructional objectives, sequencing learning activities, applying the various taxonomies, conducting micro-teaching, discipline strategies, questioning techniques and mastery teaching. Class term project includes unit lesson plan and evaluative instrument.

Classroom Measures and Assessment: Reviews principles of evaluation; grading; representative standardized tests; vocabulary of measurement, test construction and interpretation; informal and formal measurement in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor areas and alternative forms of assessment.

Multicultural Education: Studies school situations that reflect the cultural diversity of the nation and the world in their social and school goals and curricular and instructional aims and practices. Offers strategies for accommodating to the cultural norms, values, attitudes, behavior, language and learning styles of students and for teaching all students to understand and respect their own and other cultures.

Student Teaching in Early Childhood classroom setting; Student Teaching in Elementary classroom setting: Two 8 week long student teaching experiences designed to connect course topics to real-world experiences. Supervised by a Bloomsburg University certified supervisor and two elementary co-operating teachers.

M. Ed in Reading/ Reading Specialist:

Intoduction to the Teaching of Reading: Focuses on components of a balanced literacy program; designed to develop a knowledge base and instructional competence with literacy instruction for inclusive classrooms.

Reading Assessment and Intervention: Focuses on informal and formal assessment techniques with an emphasis on using assessment to design appropriate intervention programs and techniques; topics include miscue analysis, informal reading inventories, and standardized testing.

Organization and Administration of Reading Programs: For classroom teachers, reading specialists, and resource room specialists who are involved with a school districts reading program; emphasizes a working knowledge of professional development requirements, job descriptions, guidelines for programs funded through federal or state agencies, resources for exemplary reading programs, program evaluation, and parent involvement.

Reading in the Content Areas: Presents theory and related teaching strategies for content area instruction in grades 4-12; topics include the reading process, textbook evaluations, and strategies for improving comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills.

Literature, Literacy, and Culture: Explores the role of literature in improving students reading, writing, and language growth in grades K-12 Focuses on the role of multicultural literature in promoting cross-cultural understandings in a student-centered language arts program. Specific topics include selecting literature, developing thematic units, organizing the classroom, implementing literature circles, and evaluating students literacy growth.

Early Literacy Learning- Guided Reading and Writing in the Classroom: Inservice teachers learn how to implement principles and practices of guided reading in K-3 classrooms. Focuses on conducting on-going literacy assessments, organizing instruction, developing literacy centers, using leveled texts, and meeting the needs of all learners in the classroom.

Practicum in Reading, Writing and Word Study: A supervised, field-based practicum in which students plan and implement literacy lessons for children who struggle with reading. Literacy lessons focus on reading, writing, and word study.

Curriculum and Instructional Theory, Design and Development: Competency-based course consisting of elements that provide a base in relevant theory associated with the activity of curriculum development. A review, critique, and evaluation of current theoretical positions and design methodology are an integral part of the course.

Internet for Teachers: An introductory course for teachers who would like to use the Internet as a resource for the classroom. Covers fundamental concepts of access to and using the World Wide Web, sharing ideas for practical classroom applications, evaluating Internet resources, and downloading and maintaining Internet software. Prerequisite is an introductory computer course at the undergraduate or graduate level. Taught on Macintosh computers and completing online assignments requires personal access to the Internet or ability to use university Macintosh labs outside of normal class hours.

Research in Education: Research and evaluation in education with emphasis on development of skill requisite for utilizing research and evaluation studies in practical situations.

Required Thesis Paper: I completed a graduate research paper focusing on the topic of "Kid Writing" in today's elementary schools.