ELE 3600 Course
The Effective Urban Educator:
Reflective, Innovative and
Course: ELE 3600,
Teaching Social Studies: PreK-8
Course Credit: 3 hours
Time & Place: Mondays,
12:50-3:35 in Room 200 Education
Winter 2011 CRN: 20751
Office: 271 College of
Mailbox: Second Floor South (below
Office Hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00 or other times, all by
Lori Lucas (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course Objectives (Outcomes):
Perhaps the best way for you to approach this course, or any course
you take in college, is to think of it as your current job; possibly
the most important job you will ever have. It helps determine your
future opportunities and establishes the pattern for your teaching
- Participation is important in a democracy and
in this social studies class.
- Every student is expected to be in every class,
including the last time for review of the Road Maps.
- Absences in this class are absences; they are
neither excused nor unexcused and you lose credit (1%).
- Telephones and beepers are not expected to be
heard in the classroom.
- To contact me outside of class, please use
- You are expected to use your WSU email
account, ID (aa1234) & to sign up for WSU Broadcast Messaging
through Pipeline (under WSU Resources on the left).
- You are expected to understand Academic
Integrity & not commit Plagiarism
in this class.
- If English is your second language you may need
the services of the English
Language Institute at Wayne State. For
- If you have a documented disability
that requires accommodations, please read this statement.
- For help with writing, check with the Writing Center.
- Because of the extraordinary variety of religious
affiliations represented in the student body, the Wayne State
University calendar makes no provision for religious holidays. It is
University policy, however, to respect the faith and religious
obligations of the individual. Students who find that their classes or
examinations involve conflicts with their religious observances are
expected to notify their instructors well in advance so that
alternative arrangements as suitable as possible may be worked out.
- Be aware of the new (as of Fall 2011) Drop & Add Policy.
(details in class or on-line as necessary)-
- All written work will be done on a word
processor unless otherwise mentioned in class
- Participate in class activities at
beginning of class (10%)
- Bring in one unique Detroit field trip resource chosen from a
list in class (5%) [TEAC]
- As a small group, teach
group (15%) [TEAC]
- As a small group, participate in a
reflective, Personal Timeline project. Details given in class.
- As a small group, develop & present a
(unit plan) which includes a controversial issue, reflection & innovation to be
shared with the class (20%) [TEAC]
- Review &
critique 4 articles on the practical classroom teaching of
studies, one of which must be related to economics plus one Book
- Participate in three (3) field trips
& follow-up activities (15%) [TEAC]
Evaluation & Grading-
- A=94-100, A-=90-93, B+=87-89, B=83-86,
B-=80-82, C+=77-79, C=73-76, C-=70-72, D+=67-69, D=63-66 & D-=60-62
of a possible 100 points.
- Article reviews turned in more than 2 days late
will lose a point; all other assignments may be turned in only on the
day of class.
- Being late to class or leaving early may count
as .5 of an absence.
- Participation in a social studies conference or
subscribing to Social Education during the
semester will raise your grade a maximum of a third (+3 points).
- An incomplete (I grade) may be given only for
good reason, after completing a contract with the instructor and may
not be for a grade higher than a B.
The dates for topics dealt with in class will be announced in class and
deadlines will be determined by the instructor in consultation
Required Texts &
- Takaki, Ron, A Different
Mirror (revised edition, copyright
2008, ISBN 0-316-22361-5)
- Expenses for field trips
- Read Effective Editing
Ability Grouping (NCSS)
Constructivist (Papert, Piaget & Vygotsky)
Guidelines from NCSS
Delpit, Lisa, Other Peoples Children
Gardner, Howard Frames of Mind
Glasser, William Quality School, A or
Quality School Teacher
Goleman, Daniel Emotional Intelligence
Hunter, Madeline (Effective Teaching)
Johnson, Roger & David Circles of Learning
Kaplan, Leonard Asking the Next Question
Kelley, Earl Education for What Is Real
Kelley, Earl The Workshop Way of Learning
Kirschenbaum, Howard Wad Ja Get
Lester, Julius, To Be a Slave
Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me
McIntosh, Peggy White Privilege:
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Oakes, Jeannie (Tracking)
Postman, Neil Teaching As a Subversive
Rogers, Carl Freedom to Learn
Teaming in the Real World
Photos & Lesson Plans
from Last Semester
If a man empties his purse into
head, no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the