Last updates on 01/16/2008
Course Overview 
 
This course is designed for online instruction using Blackboard. Although Blackboard online instruction is different, the content and syllabus are identical to that of a live course. In addition to time on Blackboard there are offline assignments (readings, research, papers, presentations, etc.) which must be submitted via Blackboard (either Homework or Discussion Board*).

If this is the first time using blackboard there is a handbook and reference material on 601 Course Info. The first several lessons are NOT content rich, but are designed to see that you can navigate Blackboard . Prof. Stein (and classmates) are ready, and willing, to assist.

TELEPHONE ORIENTATION -Optional
Please review this website first. Should it be requested by students Prof. Stein will set up telephone or video conference orientation to explain the course and review the methods, procedures and the technology used.  Please leave a message on the Blackboard Discussion Board Forum Messages.

In addition you may wish to take a Free Introduction to Blackboard course offered by Touro College. Please check for course listings at www.touro.edu. Should you encounter problems using Blackboard you may email Litac@touro.edu who is quite knowledgeable.

COMMUNICATION

Please place the following web addresses in your Internet Explorer "Favorites"
Touro Home Page - Access information from Touro College
bb.touro.edu - Send completed work to Prof. Stein via Blackboard "Homework" of "Discussion Board" forums.
touroweb.webhop.org - Prof. Stein's Class Website () - Access assignments and links
ALSO note these pages available from Prof. Stein's website

Students' Best Work - Student assignments ware posted here
What Students' Have Done - See a graph of what assignments you have done with a comparison to other students
 Messages To Students - See messages to the class from Prof. Stein

APPROACH TO THIS COURSE- Reality TV

Consider that you are applying for a fictitious position at a prestigious private school. The position is that of a mathematics teacher (grades 5-9 with a special education component), . The position pays $175,000.00 per year with wonderful benefits. To apply you are asked to submit your resume, a portfolio of mathematics lesson, your philosophy, technology enhanced lessons, a video of at least one mini lesson introduction that teaches to NYS standards, as well as anything else that shows that you are a most capable and effective teacher. You should evidence that you are using the prescribed NYCDOE textbook IMPACT MATH and that your lesson exemplifies the WORKSHOP MODEL. Completing the assignments in this course, printing them, organizing them into a printed portfolio will be your submission. A video of your mini lesson submitted, via Blackboard, and to teachertube.com is requested.NOTE no students photos please and it is not necessary that your face be included in the video.
In short, the students of this online course are the pool of candidates for this desired fictitious position. Those students that make it to the next and final level for interviews based on their work will receive an "A" in this course.

Simply stated, it is not "Who you think you are" that counts. It is "Who you appear to be" that will be considered. This almost sounds like a Reality TV situation. 

CONFIRM REGISTRATION WITH PROFESSOR STEIN

If you have received a group email from Professor Stein, you are sure that you are in the class email group list.

If you have NOT yet received an email from Professor Stein PLEASE confirm that you are in the class by sending an email to Professor Stein at abriteguy@aol.com.  This will assure that Prof. Stein has your correct email address.

 

 COURSE MATERIALS AND TEXTBOOKS
Note: Links have been provided for reference purposes only. Purchase of required texts should be made in a timely manor from the vendor of your choice.
Course Materials
- Portfolio: 3 ring binder with clear cover. View
- A minimum of 20 clear page protectors. View
- Adhesive tabs. View 

Course Textbooks
- 3 textbooks (at right)
-How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
-Barron's Regents Exams and Answers: Math A
-Let's Review Math A

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PROCEDURE: So How Does The System Work?

Review files, folders and naming procedures using your student prefix (ie 11z)

601 Assignments can be viewed on this website
Completed assignments are submitted to either Blackboard Homework (for view by Prof. Stein) or to a Blackboard Discussion Board Forum (where all in the class can see)- The Assignment listing will tell you where to send the completed assignment

How to complete an assignment:
First Save it to your computer with your prefix added (see naming).
  To accomplish this Right click on the file, "Click Save Target As" , navigate to your student folder which you created in C:\Mydocuments\**z. Make sure that you add your prefix (ie 11z) aat the beginning of the file. This way if it is sent it can be identified as yours.
Open the file from your C drive and complete it.
Save the file
Close MS Word or the program.
Go to your destination (BB Homework or BBDB) and attach the file

Hit Submit

EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS and STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
(taken from the course syllabus)

Let's look at the course syllabus, understand what is expected and how a student can demonstrate their accomplishments.
Students will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of mathematics content together with associated expectations for middle school grades. This is in line with the NYCDOE mathematics using the prescribed approach of Impact Math and Everyday Math. In addition content will teach towards the Math A Regents.
2. Knowledge of curriculum development and instructional approaches in developmental context, with attention to the needs of typical and atypical adolescent learners.  
3. Knowledge of instructional strategies in the areas of number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement and data analysis for implementation within both the general and special education population
4. Knowledge and practical skill in basic techniques in the construction and implementation of performance-based assessment
5. Knowledge and skill in the use of technology and math resources on the Internet

In order to accomplish the “Student Learning Outcomes” of the syllabus (above) the course is divided into components. Components are then divided into various Blackboard assignments. These assignments are printed by the student and organized into a printed portfolio. Additionally some assignments (computer files) are sent to Prof. Stein so that they can be viewed on a class website.

Mathematics Component (students must demonstrate that they knowledge of mathematics and their ability to teach it)
- Students will view Internet video lessons that teach towards curriculum/standards based mathematics lessons.
- Students will review mathematics regents questions, which is an assessment tool.. 
- Students will write lesson plans for geared towards specified regents questions (General and Special Education).
- Students will write sample student worksheets for specified regents topics (General and Special Education).
- Students will create one minute second video introducing one of the lessons they have created.
- Topics will include content areas of: Geometry, Algebra, Linear equations, Graphing, etc..

Special Education Component
- Students will be asked to read and respond to the assigned text: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms.
- Students will show how concepts in this text can be applied in both General and Special Education settings
- Students will conduct research on current lissues in Special Education ( FAPE, ADA, NCLB, IEP, etc.), In addition they will discuss each while comparing their legislative differences.

Philosophical Component:
- Student will conduct Internet research on several current educational philosophers and discuss their approaches.
- Students will construct a list of 5 major tenets of their own educational philosophy
- Students will substantiate, where possible, their philosophical tenets by referencing current educational philosophers
- Students will discuss how their approach will be used in the classroom

Technology Component- Individual:
- Students will review educational websites that teach and enhance mathematics education 
- Students will use technology to submit computer files to the instructor via Blackboard (Homework, Blackboard Discussion Board and the Digital Drop Box)
- Students will review the work of classmates on Blackboard (Discussion Board)
- Students will aid in publishing selected  work to a viewable website (i.e. Teachertube.com
 

Sample Mini Lessons Videos-
- Order of Operations (VERY CREATIVE)
- Linear Algebra (VERY CREATIVE)
- Sum of the Interior Angles of a Triangle Video 1
- Sum of the Interior Angles of a Triangle Video 2
- Signed Numbers
- Multiplication Tricks
- Mean Median Mode
- Pythagorean Theorem
- Domino Signed Numbers

 

STUDENTS PRINTED PORTFOLIOS To Be Submitted in Print

Printed Portfolio with all assignments - The three ring presentation binder will contain printed assignments, Student Philosophy, Issues in Special Education Legislation, Cover, Dedication Page, Lesson Plans, Referenced pages from "IMPACT MATH" and the "WORKSHOP MODEL", etc.. Additional work and pages may be added by the student. THIS PRINTED PORTFOLIO (binder)MUST BE SUBMITTED (See calendar in assignments). The binder should be delivered to Prof. Stein at his home: 2979 Judith Drive, Bellmore, NY 11710. Should it be sent via UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc., make sure that it is sent with a tracking number. This # should be placed in the appropriate BB DB Forum. Portfolios will NOT be returned and become the property of Touro College and may be used by Touro College as samples of course outcomes. Should you desire that your materials NOT be viewed in this manner please contact Prof. Stein and receive confirmation in writing.

 

ONLINE BLACKBOARD SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS*
  • Windows XP or Vista computer
  • Internet Access (high speed access- Optonline, DSL, Time Warner/RoadRunner)
  • Knowledge of the use of Windows operating system
  • Microsoft Word 2000, XP or later.
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Your own email address which should be checked daily
  • Optional Flash Drive (USB storage of 256 , available at any computer store. (See what they look like). This will allow you to take all files to a library or to a remote computer at work.
*It would be best if the student has all of the above. However it should be noted that most computers at public libraries have all the hardware and software required for this course. If you desire to work on different computers save all your files onto the Flash Drive.
Suggestion: Keep all your files in a designated folder on your PC, C:\MyDocuments\**z\, or on a Flash Drive. ALWAYS back up your files to a second location or flash drive.
 

IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

A student should be familiar with the items below**:
  • Knowledge and use of Windows XP Operating System
  • The concept of File/ Folder/ Path
  • A understanding of the following types of files by extension (.doc, .jpg, .gif, .html, .mpg,  .wav)
  • How to create a folder
  • How to save a file (SAVE and SAVE AS) 
  • How to RENAME a file and a folder
  • Use of a digital camera (still and video). Downloading files to your computer. The camera, need not be your own. 

  • ** The technology skills are often learned from classmates.