View all programs in sequence at your local group site or online, and participate in your site's group activities, discussion sessions, or online activities. If you are taking a workshop or course online, you can interact with others through your workshop or course's specific Web site at Learner.org.
Credit for this workshop (2 credits) or course (3 credits)
is at the graduate level. Therefore, coursework should reflect
a professional level of expertise and thoughtful reflection
for satisfactory completion. To receive a satisfactory grade
for this workshop or course, you must submit the following
materials (explained in more detail below):
Folder/Journal: Document the class time spent during
the workshop or course by maintaining a folder in which
you record your reactions and responses to the ideas and
activities presented at your local group site. You should
include copies of activity sheets, summaries of group discussions,
e-mail messages sent by you as a part of the listserv discussion
group, and your answers to questions presented in the series
or on the Website. For the 3-credit courses you
should include all completed activities, problem sets,
for each session, as well as your completed homework problems.
If you are taking the workshop or course as part of a group,
please list in your folder/journal the facilitator name
and any sponsoring organization.
Individual Participants: If
you are taking a 2-credit workshop individually, your folder/journal
needs to demonstrate approximately 25-30 hours of participation
in the workshop outside of the expected homework time. If
you are taking a 3-credit course individually, your folder/journal
needs to demonstrate approximately 40-45 hours of participation
in the course outside of the expected homework time. You
can document informal conversations with colleagues, include
your reaction to suggested readings, create an annotated
bibliography of course resources, respond to discussion topics with personal journal entries, or anything that will
demonstrate your self-initiated and full participation.
Reflective Paper: Write a two to three page reflection
paper (for 2-credit workshops) or a three to five page
(for 3-credit courses) that explains your goals for improving
instruction in your school or classroom as a result of
in the workshop or course, including how your classroom
practice may be enhanced. Please use standard formatting,
i.e., typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, etc. Feel free
to write this paper in a form that you find most practical
or useful for your work (such as a letter to parents, or a column for a newsletter). NOTE: For Essential
Science for Teachers participants, your
annotated bibliography fulfills this requirement.
Classroom Project: For your project, choose some
techniques that you have seen during the workshop or course
and would like to try. Draft an original lesson or unit,
or make changes to a current lesson plan that uses these
techniques. Put this plan into action in your classroom.
(If you are an administrator, you don't have your own
classroom, or you are taking this course during the summer
session, modify the project to fit your situation. For example,
if you are a parent, you may work with your own children.
If you aren't a parent, you may choose to work with a small
group of children in an informal learning setting. In addition,
you may choose to prepare a professional development session/workshop
for other teachers or do a reflective paper and lesson
plan for a lesson you may implement in the future.) Submit
plan with a description of implementation, evidence
of implementation (student work, a performance assessment
rubric, anchor papers, etc.), and a written reflection
evaluating your results, summarizing your impressions,
and suggesting changes for future implementation. NOTE:
For Essential Science for Teachers participants,
your action research project fulfills this requirement.
Grading will be on a pass/fail basis only.
The following is the grading criteria for the assignments:
|Folder/Journal (documents participation, assigned
activities, problems, etc.)
|Reflective Paper (2-3 pages for 2 credits, 3-5 pages
for 3 credits)
80% = passing
Be sure to mark each item within your folder clearly with
your name and address. Your coursework will not be returned,
so please keep a copy for your records.
For science workshops and courses,
mail your completed coursework folder to:
Ms. Barry Carroll
CNS-EOC, Colorado State University
B301 Natural and Environmental Sciences Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1802
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Barry Carroll
by phone at 970-491-1124, by fax at 970-491-2005, or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also write to Barry Carroll at the address above.