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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren EDUC 600, 3 graduate credits


EDUC 600

Course Syllabus and Assignments


Course Instructor  Joseph C’de Baca, MaEd. 727-258-7233, teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com

Credit Hours: 3 Semester Credits                                            Grade Type: Letter Grade

Course Readings : The Sacred Work of Grand Parents Raising Grandchildren. by Elaine K. Williams, 2011, Bloomington, Indiana. Balboa Press, 195 pages.

 

Course Description:   

This course will examine the issues relating to grandparents raising grandchildren as this nationwide phenomena impacts our schools student population. The differences between the morals, values and upbringing styles between generations are examined. Addressing the complex internal family dynamics regarding why the parents are not raising their child are presented. The financial, physical and emotional stresses on ageing grand- parents are explained. Educators will research this issue and develop writings, lessons or activities that help them work with students and grandparent/s in school systems. 


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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.


Course Objectives:

1. Educators will learn about the theories of how and what goes on in the minds of children with Aspergers syndrome and develop an understanding of how they think.

2. Teachers will research the generational issues, beliefs and values of our technology and media culture as they impact the parenting relationships of the generational divide.

3.   Educators will examine the difficult issues regarding why the biological parent/s is not raising the child as well as the other family and social dynamics that arise.   

4.   Teachers will review the physical and emotional issues that aging grandparents have and how it affects their ability to provide for, nurture and educate their grandchild.

5.  Teachers will develop writings, research this topic and develop lessons or activities that utilize the course content to improve the learning and school experience of everyone.

 

Chapter Review/Reflections : Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

 

Chapters:

1. The Generational Divide                                      

2. Why Are You So Old?

3. Why Aren't My Parents Raising Me?  

4. The Developmental Staircase  

5. The Elder Life Stage - Grandparents Transition Challenges                

6. Understanding and Managing Powerful Emotions - The Body's Response

7. Coping Strategies for Parenting Grandparents

8. Hope, Courage and Healing - Conclusion   


Writing Assignments

First Assignment involves Reading and writing Chapter reviews & Reflections. The 2nd is a Research Article Review, the 3rd assignment is a lesson/unit plan or project/activity. The 4th is the Final Application Essay assignment involves linking key concepts from the book:The Sacred Work of Grand Parents Raising Grandchildren by Elaine K. Williams, to your specific classroom and school context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. Focus your paper on the issues and problems grandparents, students and educators may be facing as this nationwide issue affects out schools and society. Write about how it may affect your parent/s (grandparent/s) relations or your teaching methodology and instructional practices.

                

Required assignments 1. Book readings, Chapter Reviews/Reflections 2. Research Article Review 3. Lesson/Unit Plan or Project/Activity 4. Final Application Essay

Writing Format Use size 12 font size and 1.5 line spacing, Bolded headers and titles. Use your own styling format or an APA/MA writing style format.   

  

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

  

Mailing Address: Teachers Learning Center, 11246 68th Ave. Seminole, FL 33772

  

Grading % Grade Distribution
Chapter Reviews & Reflections 50%

90-100 =A

Research Article Review 20%

80-89 =B

Project or Activity 20%

70-79 =C

Application Essay 10%

0-69 =D/F

Letter Grade % Possible Points

Points Earned

A

90-100

100

B

80-99

70

C

70-79

50

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Course Assignments and Rubric with Video Assignment:  

Chapter Reviews/Reflections  

Chapter Reviews/ Reflections

Basic (30 pts.)

Proficient (40 pts.)

Advanced (50 pts.)

Read the book and write chapter reviews and reflections for each chapter.

Write 3 to 6 paragraphs summarizing the ideas, knowledge, and information that you thought was significant from each chapter.

Consider reflecting on a paragraph or a concept that was enlightening and applicable to teaching.

Address or apply any state, district, or national academic standards.

Expanded bullet points of main issues are also acceptable.

Include your personal

experiences, ideas, and critical analysis.

Writes a basic narrative of the chapters’ contents.

Includes major points expressed by the author.

Includes at least one citation or example.

Writes a general narrative of the chapters' contents with limited personal reflection.

Expresses major points of each chapter.

Writing includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes several citations or examples.

Writes a complete narrative of the main points of each chapter.

Writes personal reflections that include the student's experiences with these issues as they relate to their personal classroom experience.

Expresses major points of each chapter and provides in-depth elaboration.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.

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Academic Standards: Academic standards that may apply to this course will vary from state to state. Visit your district or state educational websites for academic standards that may apply to specific courses or subject areas and apply them if needed.


Research Article Review Rubric Assignment:  

Article Review

Basic (10 pts)

Proficient (15 pts)

Advanced (20 pts)

Research course topic and locate a relevant article that relates to the course content.

Write an article   review and personal reflection connecting article with the course content and school environment.

*Include a copy of the article utilized in this assignment.

Writes review of article with basic citation information and briefly shows connection between course and article content.

Writes review of article with a few references of information.

Some critical analysis and solutions.

Explores the connection between course and article content, showing full understanding of both interrelationship for teaching considerations.

Writes review of article with several informative references and thoroughly demonstrates the connection between article and course content.

Reflection incorporates abstract and critical analysis and alternatives or solutions. 

Personal experiences and perspectives are included. 

Review applies information learned to potential classroom situations. 


Required Lesson/Unit Plan or Activity Rubric  

Activity Lesson/Unit Plans

Basic (10 pts.)

Proficient (15 pts.)

Advanced (20 pts.)

Write a unit or lesson plan, project or activities that demonstrate the course concepts in a school classroom or instructional environment.

Other activities include: staff development,

state academic standards, parent outreach, department or committee work, curriculum development, presentations, and school events.

Creates a minimal activity and lesson plan that briefly demonstrates a simple application of a course concept or strategy that can be utilized in classrooms for instructional and/or evaluative applications.

Creates a general activity and lesson plan or unit plan that demonstrates two or more course applications of the various topics or concepts.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Contains a variety of teaching or learning styles and concrete or abstract practical applications of a concept from the course

materials.

Creates a detailed activity and lesson plan or unit plan that includes a variety of teaching and learning styles.

Contains concrete and abstract activities for practical classroom applications of several concepts from the course content.

Addresses any state, district, or national academic standards in the activity.

Creates a lesson plan or activity that helps students utilize course content to apply the knowledge or skills to school curriculum for their affective needs and improving academic achievement.


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Final-Application Essay Rubric Assignment  

Final-Application Essay

Basic (5 pts.)

Proficient (8 pts.)

Advanced (10 pts.)

Write a 2 page essay

combining  all the course content or assignments and show how they can be applied to teaching students, schools settings and staff and personal development.

Writes an essay addressing how the course content can be applied to classroom instruction, student achievement, and the overall school environment.

Writes an essay with one or two examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in the classroom and school environments.

Writing addresses any state, district, or national academic standards.

 Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as students' affective needs and academic achievement.

Writes a thorough essay with multiple examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in classroom and schools.

Includes student's personal and experiential reflections and any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Writing has critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.

Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as the affective needs of students along with academic achievement.


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Joseph C'de Baca with any questions.

teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com
1-727-258-7233
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11246 68th Ave.
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