Syllabus & Day-to-Day Outline


  • Fundamentals and Cutting-Edge Approaches to K-5 Education

Course Description:

  • This course covers the core learning outcomes and latest approaches to K-5 education. Students will gain an understanding of key educational concepts and theories, as well as practical strategies for effective teaching and learning. The course will also explore innovative and cutting-edge approaches to education that challenge traditional models of teaching and learning.

Week 1: Introduction to K-5 Education

Day 1: Overview of K-5 Education

  • Introduction to K-5 education
  • Core learning outcomes for K-5 students Readings:
  • "Foundations of Education" by Allan C. Ornstein and Daniel U. Levine (Chapter 1)
  • "The Whole-Brain Child" by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (Chapter 1)

Day 2: Developmental Psychology

  • Overview of developmental psychology
  • Key theories and concepts in child development Readings:
  • "Child Development" by Laura E. Berk (Chapter 1)
  • "Mind in Society" by Lev Vygotsky (Chapter 1)

Day 3: Learning Theories

  • Overview of learning theories
  • Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism Readings:
  • "Theories of Developmental Psychology" by Patricia H. Miller (Chapter 2)
  • "How People Learn" by National Research Council (Chapter 1)

Day 4: Effective Teaching Strategies

  • Overview of effective teaching strategies
  • Differentiated instruction, scaffolding, and inquiry-based learning Readings:
  • "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" by Eric Jensen (Chapter 1)
  • "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms" by Carol Ann Tomlinson (Chapter 1)

Day 5: Introduction to Project-Based Learning

  • Overview of project-based learning
  • Benefits and challenges of project-based learning Readings:
  • "Project-Based Learning Handbook" by John Larmer, John Mergendoller, and Suzie Boss (Chapter 1)
  • "Deeper Learning" by Monica R. Martinez and Dennis McGrath (Chapter 1)

Week 2: Innovative Approaches to K-5 Education

Day 1: Blended Learning

  • Overview of blended learning
  • Models and strategies for implementing blended learning Readings:
  • "Blended Learning in Action" by Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff, and Jason T. Green (Chapter 1)
  • "The Blended Course Design Workbook" by Kathryn E. Linder (Chapter 1)

Day 2: Flipped Classroom

  • Overview of flipped classroom
  • Benefits and challenges of flipped classroom Readings:
  • "Flip Your Classroom" by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams (Chapter 1)
  • "The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con" by Mary Beth Hertz

Day 3: Personalized Learning

  • Overview of personalized learning
  • Models and strategies for implementing personalized learning Readings:
  • "Personalized Learning Playbook" by Anthony Kim (Chapter 1)
  • "The End of Average" by Todd Rose (Chapter 1)

Day 4: Game-Based Learning

  • Overview of game-based learning
  • Benefits and challenges of game-based learning Readings:
  • "The Gamification of Learning and Instruction" by Karl M. Kapp (Chapter 1)
  • "What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy" by James Paul Gee (Chapter 1)

Day 5: Maker Education

  • Overview of Maker Education
  • Benefits and challenges of Maker Education
  • Examples of Maker Education projects in K-5 classrooms
  • Strategies for implementing Maker Education in the classroom
  • Readings:
  • "The Maker Movement Manifesto" by Mark Hatch
  • "The Art of Tinkering" by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich (Chapter 1)
  • "Invent to Learn" by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager (Chapter 1)
  • "Maker Education: What is it?" by MakerEd
  • "Integrating Making & Tinkering into Schools" by Edutopia

Week 3: Assessment and Evaluation in K-5 Education

Day 1: Overview of Assessment and Evaluation

  • Introduction to assessment and evaluation in K-5 education
  • Types of assessment and evaluation Readings:
  • "Classroom Assessment: Principles and Practice for Effective Standards-Based Instruction" by James H. McMillan (Chapter 1)
  • "Transformative Assessment" by W. James Popham (Chapter 1)

Day 2: Formative Assessment

  • Overview of formative assessment
  • Strategies for implementing formative assessment in the classroom Readings:
  • "Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom" by Susan M. Brookhart (Chapter 1)
  • "Embedded Formative Assessment" by Dylan Wiliam (Chapter 1)

Day 3: Summative Assessment

  • Overview of summative assessment
  • Strategies for implementing summative assessment in the classroom Readings:
  • "Designing and Using Performance Tasks" by Jay McTighe and Kristina Doubet (Chapter 1)
  • "The Case Against Grades" by Alfie Kohn

Day 4: Rubrics and Grading

  • Overview of rubrics and grading
  • Strategies for developing and using rubrics Readings:
  • "How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and Grading" by Susan M. Brookhart (Chapter 1)
  • "Grading Smarter, Not Harder" by Myron Dueck (Chapter 1)

Day 5: Alternative Assessment

  • Overview of alternative assessment
  • Examples of alternative assessment strategies Readings:
  • "Performance-Based Assessment for Middle and High School Physical Education" by Jacalyn Lund and Deborah Tannehill (Chapter 1)
  • "Alternative Approaches to Assessing Young Children" by Angela L. Carrasquillo and Dana L. Childress (Chapter 1)

Week 4: Current Issues and Future Directions in K-5 Education

Day 1: Equity and Inclusion

  • Overview of equity and inclusion in K-5 education
  • Strategies for promoting equity and inclusion in the classroom Readings:
  • "We Want to Do More Than Survive" by Bettina L. Love (Chapter 1)
  • "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond (Chapter 1)

Day 2: Technology Integration

  • Overview of technology integration in K-5 education
  • Strategies for effective technology integration in the classroom Readings:
  • "Teaching Digital Natives" by Marc Prensky (Chapter 1)
  • "The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners" by Carol Ann Tomlinson (Chapter 7)

Day 3: Global Education

  • Overview of global education in K-5 education
  • Strategies for incorporating global education in the curriculum Readings:
  • "Educating for Global Competence" by Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson (Chapter 1)
  • "Teaching for Global Understanding" by Homa Sabet Tavangar (Chapter 1)

Day 4: Social and Emotional Learning

  • Overview of social and emotional learning in K-5 education
  • Strategies for promoting social and emotional learning in the classroom Readings:
  • "Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom" by Patricia A. Jennings (Chapter 1)
  • "The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement" by Maurice J. Elias, Harriet Arnold, and Cynthia W. Reschly (Chapter 1)

Day 5: Future Directions in K-5 Education

  • Overview of emerging trends and future directions in K-5 education
  • Implications for teaching and learning in the classroom Readings:
  • "Learning in the 21st Century" by Andrew Churches (Chapter 1)
  • "The Fourth Education Revolution" by Anthony Seldon (Chapter 1)