Course Code: 210479

Gain insight into the nature of teaching. Examine such topics as self-esteem, personal values, personality, and learning styles. Students must provide their own transportation for extended classroom experiences which include internships in elementary, middle, and high schools.

DE (Dual Enrollment), WBL (Work-based learning), IBC (Industry-based Certification)

Course Outline

Level Months Units
Level III August Unit One - Self EfficacyMoral Leadership, Self-efficacy, and Philosophy
Level III September - October Unit Two - Diverse LearnersThinking Preferences, Diversity, and Special Needs Learners
Level III November - December Unit Three - ManagementPhysical enviroment, Behavior Management, and Time Management
Level IV January - Febuary Unit Four - Instructional DesignProblem, Project, Inquiry-based Learning, Lesson Planning, Methods and Techniques
Level IV March - May Methods and TechniquesTechnology and Internship

Janet Baker

Master’s + 30 in Education
Reading Specialist
Certified in Early Childhood
Family & Consumer Sciences
Reading Specialist
STAR Certification

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  • (318) 364-1948
  • jbaker@caddoschools.org

Year 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION TPM/STAR (Students Teaching and Reaching) is a high school course designed to attract students to the field of education, provide information and field experiences relevant to pursing a degree in education, and to prepare them for the rigors of a career in education so they will remain long-term educators.  The STAR curriculum includes four major units:  Learning about the Self, Appreciating Diverse Learners, Reviewing our History and Foundations, and Examining Teachers and Teaching.  STAR is to serve as the one teacher preparation course to be used by all secondary teachers in Louisiana.

  • STAR students should have the field experience component of the curriculum explained to them early in the school year/semester.  Students are required to have a minimum of 20 hours of field experiences. They must observe in preschool/elementary, middle school, high school, and special education classrooms (for a total of no more than five hours total for all observations).  The additional 15 hours of field work will be spent in one classroom doing tutorial, one-on-one, small group, and/or large group work.  STAR students must teach one lesson, under the close supervision of the cooperating teacher, to a small group or whole class of students.  STAR teachers will be responsible for securing, monitoring, and evaluating field placements for STAR students.
  • Internship: Students must have a training agreement and work permit on file before being allowed to participate in internships. The training agreement specifies the qualifications for participation in the program.
  • Grading Scale
    • A – 90-100
    • B – 80-89
    • C – 70-79
    • D – 60-69
    • F – 59 and Below

Students must complete the course with an A or B to receive Louisiana Certification of Completion.

Students are also able to dual enroll with LSU-S or La Tech if they qualify during the spring semester.

  • Grades are based on:
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Learning Logs
  • Unit Tests
  • Projects-Self-Esteem and Team-Building Projects, Bulletin Boards, Instructional Interactive Materials, Presentations, Lesson Plans
  • Internship Assignments-Details about assignments will be given to students in Internship Binder and shared with Cooperating Teachers
  • Porfolios are a major portion of the grade  and must be completed by May 1. All activities from Internships that are to be included in the  portfolio must be finished by April 17.
  • Make-up Work: I follow the Caddo Parish School Board policy for allowing students to make up work when absent. Students will receive a “1” in JPams if they are present and do not turn in an assignment for any reason on the date I post the assignment grade for all students. If they have an excused absence, I will post “X” for the assignment grade and then I will go back into the gradebook program and change the “X” to an acceptable grade when they turn in the assignment. All due dates are posted in the classroom. Students are responsible for getting make-up work. However, grade will be lowed if deadlines are not met.  I will be available in the classroom on Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30 for make-up tests or make-up work that can only be completed in class. Availability is as needed with 24 hour notice.

TPM/STAR I-First Year

Course Outline

Level I

August/ September

Unit One Learning About Self

  • Self-Esteem
  • Values
  • Personality
  • Lesson Plan Design
  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • Learning Styles
  • Service Projects
  • Observations

October/November/December

Unit Two – Appreciating a Variety of Learners

  • Human Development
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Brain Dominance
  • Diversity
  • Interactive Manipulatives
  • Special Needs Learners
  • Service Projects
  • Formal Observations, Field Experiences

Level II

January/February

Unit Three – History and Foundations

  • History of Education
  • Laws and Court Cases
  • Current Trends and Issues
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Career Fair
  • Internships

 

March/April/May

Unit Four – Examining the Teacher & Teaching

  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Job Opportunities
  • Lesson Planning
  • Time Management
  • Methods and Techniques
  • Stress
  • Internships

Year 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • The STAR II curriculum is designed to continue the development of teaching skills begun in STAR I, emphasizing lesson planning and assessment development with an opportunity for expanded, meaningful field experiences, including national and state critical shortage areas. This curriculum may include designing internships or collaborating to create a service-learning project with school or community partners.  Students will develop the skills of being:
    1. reflective practitioners;
    2. teachers/leaders; and
    3. civic advocates for education and educational equity.

Students will be given tools that help them manage what is one of the most important and ever-changing careers.

Prerequisite:  STAR I

  • STAR II students will complete more extensive field work which may be spent in more than one classroom doing tutorial, one-on-one, small group, and/or large group work.  STAR students must teach one lesson, under the close supervision of the cooperating teacher, to a small group or whole class of students.  STAR teachers will be responsible for securing, monitoring, and evaluating field placements for STAR students.
  • Internship: Students must have a training agreement and work permit on file before being allowed to participate in internships. The training agreement specifies the qualifications for participation in the program.

Grading Scale

  • A – 90-100
  • B – 80-89
  • C – 70-79
  • D – 60-69
  • F – 59 and Below

STAR II does not have articulation credit. However, if seniors qualify, they may be dually-enrolled with LSU-S.

Grades are based on:

  • Weekly Assignments
  • Learning Logs
  • Unit Tests
  • Projects-Self-Esteem and Team-Building Projects, Bulletin Boards, Instructional Interactive Materials, Presentations, Lesson Plans
  • Internship Assignments-Details about assignments will be given to students in Internship Binder and shared with Cooperating Teachers.
  • Porfolios are a major portion of the grade  and must be completed by May 1. All activities from Internships that are to be included in the  portfolio must be finished by April 17.
  • Make-up Work: I follow the Caddo Parish School Board policy for allowing students to make up work when absent. Students will receive a “1” in JPams if they are present and do not turn in an assignment for any reason on the date I post the assignment grade for all students. If they have an excused absence, I will post “X” for the assignment grade and then I will go back into the gradebook program and change the “X” to an acceptable grade when they turn in the assignment. All due dates are posted in the classroom. Students are responsible for getting make-up work.

TPM/STAR II

Course Outline

Level III

August                                  

Unit One – Self Efficacy

  • Moral Leadership
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Philosophy

September/October                          

Unit Two – Diverse Learners         

  • Thinking Preferences
  • Diversity
  • Special Needs Learners

November / December                             

Unit Three – Management

  • Physical Environment
  • Behavior Management
  • Time Management

Level IV

January  / February                               

Unit Four – Instructional Design

  • Problem, Project, Inquiry-based Learning
  • Lesson Planning
  • Methods and Techniques

March-May                          

Unit Five – Methods and Techniques

  • Technology
  • Internship