Develop and Teach (Field-test) a Learning Cycle
This is a description of the learning cycle project assignment. The preservice teacher will develop a learning cycle (LC) according to the 5 Es model that targets a several of the WVCSOs in science. The LC contains these sequential components: engagement, exploration, explanation elaboration, and evaluation. In the Educ 440 course, the evaluation phase (the fifth phase) of the learning cycle is developed and graded separately as the Authentic Assessment assignment. Therefore, the LC draft and final version that you submit will not contain the procedures for the evaluation phase, because you are developing and submitting that separately as the Authentic Assessment assignment. The first four phases (engagement through elaboration) of the LC require at least 2 and usually 3 class periods to teach. In "counting" lessons for the practicum (EDUC 411), 1 class period constitutes 1 lesson. Thus, teaching the LC will usually count for 3 lessons in the practicum. The specific components and timeline are outlined below.
(a) Determine Topic: No later than February 4 , determine with host teacher the topic & CSOs for LC. Post to E-Campus a message that states the topic of your learning cycle (type the title or topic in the "subject" box and type in the message 1-2 sentences that briefly describes your topic).
LEARNING CYCLE RUBRIC. Use this rubric to develop your draft. This rubric will be used by a colleague to help review your draft and by your instructor to grade your field-test ready version. Note that for grading purposes, some of the items are weighted.
EXAMPLE 5-PHASE LEARNING CYCLE. This is an example of a 5-E learning cycle on "Causes and Effects of Flooding" that was developed by a preservice teacher previously enrolled in this course. The example provided is the field-test ready version. The example was developed using an earlier version of the Learning Cycle rubric, so there is not 1:1 correspondence to the rubric. However, this example is overall an excellent example of what is expected for each of the phases of the learning cycle. Your draft will not be as polished as this field-test ready version, but it does need to contain all of the dimensions listed on the Rubric and each dimension should be pretty well developed. Drafts that are not relatively complete will earn few of the 10 points.
EXAMPLE CONCEPT MAP. Here is the concept map (as an image file) that the preservice teacher developed for the example learning cycle on Causes and Effects of Flooding, which shows the understandings that she hoped to develop in children through teaching this learning cycle.
(d) Finish Developing, Obtain Approval to Teach, and Hand In Hard Copy of "Field-Test Ready" LC (100 points). By March 14 , finish developing the "field-test ready" version of your LC; obtain written approval from host teacher to teach LC, and hand in printed copy of LC (with concept map) and approval to instructor for grading. (Approval also can be emailed to instructors by host teachers to instructors). Make sure to do a "quality assurance" check against the Learning Cycle Rubric before you turn it in.
Last revised: 2/24/11
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