EDUO 9804: In our Own Backyard: Destinations that Enrich the Curriculum

Instructor: Karianne Puli

Course Description

Teachers will explore community destinations of interest to students, such as zoos, aquariums, missions, botanical gardens and other cultural, scientific and educational institutions. They will then determine how their experience can be utilized to enhance their class or school wide curriculum.

Course Objectives

Teachers will:

  1. visit four local educational community venues
  2. research information about the sites before visiting
  3. obtain information from the visits and the research to determine if:
    a. the sites are worthy of a student field trip
    b. classroom lessons can be developed from the experience
  4. evaluate the experience as to its relevance to an educator

Grading Rubric: Written Response Rubric

Exemplary: Met and Exceeds
Expectations A+ to A
Acceptable: Meets Expectations
B+ to B
Unacceptable: Needs Improvement.
Must be resubmitted.
Reflective, thoughtful ideas relevant to the assignment are clearly stated. Presents some relevant ideas and connections to the assignment. Few relevant ideas connected to the assignment, some ideas unclear.
Very well organized Is generally well organized Shows little organization
Reflective piece covers numerous
facts and specific details of the learning experience
Some facts and specific details of
the learning experience are included.
Few or no facts or specific details of
the learning experience are included.
Free of Spelling or grammatical errors Writing contains a few spelling or
grammatical errors.
Numerous spelling or grammatical errors. Writing is difficult to read.
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Instructor: Karianne Puli