This course is designed for
online instruction using Blackboard. Although Blackboard online instruction
is different, the content and syllabus are identical to that of a live course. In addition to time on Blackboard there are offline assignments
(readings, research, papers, presentations, etc.) which must be submitted
via Blackboard (either Homework or Discussion Board*).
If this is the first time using
blackboard there is a handbook and reference material on 601 Course Info. The
first several lessons are NOT content rich, but are designed to see that you can
navigate Blackboard . Prof. Stein (and classmates) are ready, and willing, to
Some Frequently Asked Questions (this
is just starting 03/08).
How and where will I send my printed portfolio?
Please review this website first. Should
it be requested by students Prof. Stein will set up telephone or video
conference orientation to
explain the course and review the methods, procedures and the technology used.
Please leave a message on the Blackboard Discussion Board Forum Messages.
In addition you may wish to take a Free
Introduction to Blackboard course offered by Touro College. Please check
for course listings at www.touro.edu.
Should you encounter problems using Blackboard you may email Litac@touro.edu who
is quite knowledgeable.
|Please place the following
web addresses in your Internet Explorer "Favorites"
Home Page - Access information from Touro College
bb-tc.touro.edu - Send completed work to Prof. Stein via Blackboard "Homework"
of "Discussion Board" forums.
- Prof. Stein's Class Website
() - Access assignments
ALSO note these pages available from Prof. Stein's website
Students' Best Work - Student
assignments ware posted here
Students' Have Done - See a graph of what assignments you have done
with a comparison to other students
To Students - See messages to the class from Prof. Stein
TO THIS COURSE- Reality TV
Consider that you are applying
for a fictitious position at a prestigious private school. The position
is that of a mathematics teacher (grades 5-9 with a special education component),
. The position pays $175,000.00 per year with wonderful benefits. To apply
you are asked to submit your resume, a portfolio of mathematics lesson,
your philosophy, technology enhanced lessons, a video of at least one mini
lesson introduction that teaches to NYS standards, as well as anything
else that shows that you are a most capable and effective teacher. You should
evidence that you are using the prescribed NYCDOE textbook
and that your lesson exemplifies the
the assignments in this course, printing them, organizing them into a printed
portfolio will be your submission. A video of your mini lesson submitted,
via Blackboard, and to teachertube.com
is requested. NOTE no students photos please and it is not necessary that your
face be included in the video. Also will be asked to create an e-portfolio on
which to post their "best" lessons and more. More about this later...
In short, the students of
this online course are the pool of candidates for this desired fictitious
position. Those students that make it to the next and final level for interviews
based on their work will receive an "A" in this course.
Simply stated, it is not
"Who you think you are" that counts. It is "Who you appear to be" that
will be considered. This almost sounds like a Reality TV situation.
REGISTRATION WITH PROFESSOR STEIN
If you have received a
group email from Professor Stein, you are sure that you are in the class email
If you have NOT yet
received an email from Professor Stein PLEASE
confirm that you are in the class by sending an email to Professor Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will assure that Prof. Stein has your correct email address.
MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS
have been provided for reference purposes only. Purchase of required texts
should be made in a timely manor from the vendor of your choice.
So How Does The System Work?
- Portfolio: 3 ring binder
with clear cover. View
- A minimum of 20 clear
page protectors. View
- Adhesive tabs. View
- 3 textbooks (at right)
-How to Differentiate
Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
-Barron's Regents Exams
and Answers: Math A
-Let's Review Math A
Purchase an inexpensive computer headset ( many 99 cent stores
have them for under $10)
During the course you will be
asked to purchase a Jing Pro account &15 per year (NOT a Screencast Account
which is over $100). This will let you capture screen animations and send them
to your NEW Youtube Account.
files, folders and naming
procedures using your student prefix (ie 11z)
601 Assignments can be viewed on this website
Completed assignments are submitted to either Blackboard Homework (for view by
or to a Blackboard Discussion Board Forum (where all in the class can see)- The Assignment listing will tell you
where to send the completed assignment
How to complete an assignment:
First Save it to your computer with your prefix added (see naming).
To accomplish this Right click on the file, "Click Save Target As" ,
navigate to your student folder which you created in
C:\Mydocuments\**z. Make sure that you
add your prefix (ie 11z) aat the beginning of the file. This way if it is sent
it can be identified as yours.
Open the file from your C drive and complete it.
Save the file
Close MS Word or the program.
Go to your destination (BB Homework or BBDB) and attach the file
COMPONENTS and STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Let's look at the course syllabus,
understand what is expected and how a student can demonstrate their
(taken from the course syllabus)
Students will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of mathematics
content together with associated expectations for middle school
grades. This is in line with the NYCDOE mathematics using the prescribed
approach of Impact Math and Everyday Math. In addition content will teach
towards the Math A Regents.
2. Knowledge of curriculum
development and instructional approaches in developmental context, with
attention to the needs of typical and atypical adolescent learners.
3. Knowledge of instructional
strategies in the areas of number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement
and data analysis for implementation within both the general and special
4. Knowledge and practical
skill in basic techniques in the construction and implementation of performance-based
5. Knowledge and skill in
the use of technology and math resources on the Internet.
In order to accomplish the
“Student Learning Outcomes” of the syllabus (above) the course is divided
into components. Components are then divided into various Blackboard assignments.
These assignments are printed by the student and organized into a printed portfolio.
Additionally some assignments (computer files) are sent to Prof. Stein
so that they can be viewed on a class website.
(students must demonstrate that they knowledge of mathematics and their
ability to teach it):
- Students will view Internet
video lessons that teach towards curriculum/standards based mathematics
- Students will review mathematics
regents questions, which is an assessment tool..
- Students will write lesson
plans for geared towards specified regents questions (General and Special
- Students will write sample
student worksheets for specified regents topics (General and Special Education).
- Students will create one
minute second video introducing one of the lessons they have created.
- Topics will include content
areas of: Geometry, Algebra, Linear equations, Graphing, etc..
Special Education Component:
- Students will be asked
to read and respond to the assigned text: How to Differentiate Instruction
in Mixed-Ability Classrooms.
- Students will show how
concepts in this text can be applied in both General and Special Education
- Students will conduct
research on current lissues in Special Education ( FAPE, ADA, NCLB,
IEP, etc.), In addition they will discuss each while comparing their legislative
- Student will conduct Internet
research on several current educational philosophers and discuss their
- Students will construct
a list of 5 major tenets of their own educational philosophy
- Students will substantiate,
where possible, their philosophical tenets by referencing current educational
- Students will discuss how their approach will be
used in the classroom
- Students will review educational
websites that teach and enhance mathematics education
- Students will use technology
to submit computer files to the instructor via Blackboard (Homework, Blackboard
Discussion Board and the Digital Drop
- Students will review the
work of classmates on Blackboard (Discussion Board)
- Students will aid in publishing selected work to a viewable website
See Samples of Student E-portfolios.
Many were created ONLINE and the students have never met
Professor Stein in person.
http://schools.webhop.org/touromwilder - -
PRINTED PORTFOLIOS To Be Submitted in Print
Printed Portfolio with all assignments
three ring presentation binder will contain printed assignments, Student
Philosophy, Issues in Special Education Legislation, Cover, Dedication
Page, Lesson Plans, Referenced Standards, Student Outcomes, a CD with your video
lesson. If you are teaching, an additional section may be included evidencing
how knowledge and skills in this course may have been applied in your teaching
(i.e. samples of your student work showing that you actually used your
If you have created an e-portfolio website, please include a section with print
screens of your e-portfolio website.
THIS PRINTED PORTFOLIO (binder) MUST BE SUBMITTED (See
The binder should be delivered to Prof. Stein at his home: 2979
Judith Drive, Bellmore, NY 11710. Should it be sent via UPS, USPS, Fedex,
etc., make sure that it is sent with a tracking number, Return Receipt Requested.
The Return receipt will be your verification that your work has been received. This
tracking # should be placed in the appropriate BB DB Forum. Portfolios will NOT be
returned and become the property of Touro College and may be used by Touro
College as samples of course outcomes. Should you desire that your materials
NOT be viewed in this manner please contact Prof. Stein and receive confirmation
E-Portfolio (Web Site)
Students are asked to create an E-Portfolio. A website from
which to share your lessons with the world. You need NOT have your picture on
it!. It is very COOL, Not hard and most students consider it a course highlight.
Oh Yes it is FREE and you get to keep it and use it throughout your teaching