SCI 570           Issues in Evolution for Teachers                                             Summer 2003




            One major project of this course (worth up to 300 pts.) is a micro-teaching assignment. Working with four other individuals, your assignment is to take one of the activities listed on pages 61-62 in our text and adapt it for use at a particular grade level of the group's choosing.


Two of you will take on the task of presenting the lesson plan your group develops to your classmates (20 minutes) during our last day of class. The other two will lead a "meta-discussion" (20 minutes) on why your group chose to teach this activity in the manner presented, what reasons led you to adapt it in the fashion you have, and how you might modify it for use in classes with more or fewer students. 


The lesson plan should be submitted on the day of your presentation. By August 8, your group should submit a written critque based upon this "meta-discussion" and your own reflections.


Written Micro-Teaching Lesson Plan (200 pts.)


The written lesson plan one of you submits with the names of all four members of your group should have the following nine sections: I. Subject/Topic; II. Rationale/Purpose; III. Learning Objectives; IV. Content; V. Description of Strategy or Activity; VI. Materials; VII. Plan for Individual Differences, VIII. Evaluation, and IX, References. The microteaching lesson plan will be evaluated as follows:


I.  Subject/Topic: Curriculum area. What will be taught in this lesson?

Grading Criteria:  Clear and concise, specifies topic and grade level, anticipated number of students. (Points Possible: 10 pts.)


II.  Rationale/Purpose;  Why should students learn this material?  What is the value to the student?

Grading Criteria:  How convincing in your argument?  (Points Possible: 30 pts.)




III.  Learning Objectives:  What will the student be able to understand or do after the lesson?

Grading Criteria:  Clear and defined objectives.  Are they reference to state objectives, Benchmarks, other sources?  (Points Possible: 30 pts.)


IV.  Content:  Outline form. Detail the central points, questions and skills that will be emphasized.

Grading Criteria:  Are the essential points clear, what prior knowledge are you assuming? (Points Possible: 30 pts.) 


V.  Strategies and Activities:   What will be done for, by and with the students in order to reach the objective(s)?

Grading Criteria:  How are you going to going to introduce the activity?  Manage the activity?  Wrap it up?  (Points Possible: 30 pts.)


VI.  Materials:  A check list of the items needed for the strategies and activities (include copies of handouts, etc.)

Grading Criteria:  Are all necessary materials listed?  (Points Possible: 10 pts.)


VII.    Plans for Individual Differences;  How will the lesson be adapted to meet the individual needs of various students in the class?

Grading Criteria:  List of ways that individuals with different learning styles will be supported by the lesson.  What are you going to do if half the class still doesn't understand at the end ?  (Points Possible: 20 pts.)


VIII.  Evaluation:  How will students' progress based on objectives be determined? 

Grading Criteria:  Detailed description of what kind of follow-up you would plan for assessing student understanding.  Key question:  How are you going to know it when you see it?  (Points Possible: 20 pts.)


IX. A References section should include complete references for all sources you use. (10 pts.)


Are there spelling, grammar, and/or formating errors? (10 pts.)






  Mini Teaching Lesson Meta-Critique / Analysis (100 pts.)


Here is an outline of the sections that should be part of your analysis


I.  Summary of Lesson    How did what you planned on doing compare with what you actually did?  Where there any major changes? (Points Possible:  20 points)



II.  Analysis of Lesson  What worked well?  What didn't work as well?  What else would the class have needed to make this a better lesson?  What else did you need to make this lesson better? (Points Possible: 40 points)



III.  Adaptations for a Larger or Smaller Class:  If you were going to teach this lesson to a class of 25 - 30, or a class of 10-12 students what changes would you make in your instruction? (Points Possible:  20 points)



IV.  Plans for Revision    If you were going to do this lesson again what would you do differently?  Why? (Points Possible:  20 points)