Presented here are some of the assignments I completed at the University of Louisville while working towards my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree for middle school science. These assignments were also part of my mid-point Portfolio for the program. A PDF reader is required to view these documents. There are also a couple Windows Media movies.
This brochure was created as the midterm assessment for EDTP 503: Developing Cross-Cultural Competence, during the autumn of 2008. This particular assignment was one of five options from which we could choose. I selected this one because I enjoy graphic design work, and it seemed like an artifact which I could actually use some day. The brochure itself is something that would be made available to parents at a school open house. It explains my philosophy of regards to culturally responsive teaching and why it is important. I created the brochure using Photoshop and art from the web and the U of L Department of Education site.
Unit Overview: Energy from the Sun
Also part of EDTP 503: Developing Cross-Cultural Competence, this standards-based unit of study was the first unit I ever created. This was a collaborative work with a partner and while she and I worked together to plan out the unit and create the overview, we did the lessons individually. For our presentation about the unit, I created and narrated a video slide show. This and the Unit Overview are included here as a complete unit is provided further down on this page.The unit is intended for a 6th grade science class and covers the many aspects of energy from the sun Ė how itís light lets us see, how itís energy forms the basis of photosynthesis and the food chain, and how itís energy drives weather systems around the world.
Lesson: Phases of the Moon
This stand-alone lesson was created in my General Methods (EDTP 501, summer 2009) course and is intended for use in a 6th grade science classroom. As part of the assignment, a section of the lesson was taught to my peers and feedback was collected for further reflection. This standards-based lesson examines the phases of the moon and why they occur. It uses discussion, models, and an activity to present the content in different ways. The summative assessment includes multiple choice questions that directly relate to the learning objectives.
Complete Unit: Local Geomorphology
As part of my Science Methods (EDTP 607) course in the fall of 2009, I wrote this unit as a solo project. It is designed for 7th grade and discusses how landforms and surface features are created at the local level. This includes an examination of constructive and destructive forces such as erosion, transportation, and deposition by water, wind, and ice. It is designed to follow and build upon a unit examining global geomorphology and plate tectonics.Because this standards-based unit was created late in my program, I feel that it represents some of my best work from a technical standpoint. I was also able to draw on previous work in creating these lessons. For example, I did some volunteer work along Beargrass Creek as part of a course in the fall of 2008. I was able to use what I learned there (and the video I created) in planning a similar experience for my students in this unit.
As part of EDSP 545 (Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom) in the summer of 2009, I worked with a partner to indentify a student in need of help and to develop an intervention plan for that student. The site for this work was St. Josephís Childrenís Home, where we worked with first through third grade students. The purpose of this assignment was to give us authentic experience in creating and IEP. The intended audience would be the colleagues, parents, specialists, and everyone else typically involved in working with a special needs student.Unlike my Energy from the Sun unit, the collaboration on this assignment was very intertwined. My partner and I both visited the site, conducted observations, and came up with potential solutions. Together we worked out the intervention plan and created the documentation. Because this was conducted during the shortened summer term, we were not able to implement and evaluate our plan. To make up for this, we created follow up procedures addressing success, partial success, or failure of our initial plan
Summer Science Camp
In the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to be part of the Whitney Young Scholars summer science program at U of L. During this camp I lead a team of students (between 6th and 7th grade) through various activities and field trips. For the culminating event my team put together a presentation about one of the sites we visited. Below is the video we created. I've also included the logo that I designed for the T-shirts that year.
Thank you for taking the time to browse through these documents. Contact information and examples of my work in programming and graphic design can be found from my personal home page.