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Saturday, 14 February 2004
First he (Robert Peterson, an inner city teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) created a positive atmosphere in the classroom through activities that stressed self-affirmation, mutual respect, communication, group decision-making, and cooperation…

(Literacy with an Attitude by Patrick Finn, p. 175)


Teaching Reading (EDU 217/517) Artifact Experience


Backward Design Lesson Planning:

            Why is this learning experience important (i.e. What’s the point?)? (1) To establish that the foundation for effective classroom management is knowing your students, (2) So we can develop a true learning community (if we are going to learn from each other, we need to know each other), (3) For you to do what teachers do when they organize information and present it an engaging and meaningful way, and (4) To begin to address Peterson’s (see above) elements for successful classrooms by experiencing them.

            What will you know or be able to do or demonstrate when you are done? You will demonstrate by speaking about yourself and some of what you value for two to four minutes for your classmates.

            How will I know that (i.e. assessment)?  See the rubric below.

             Guidelines: Bring in these artifacts: 1. One of your favorite pleasure reading books (fiction or nonfiction), 2. Two things that represent a part of who you are or what you value or demonstrate OR share one talent of yours (e.g., karate, guitar playing, magic tricks), and 3. An object to represent a teacher who made a difference in your life.  Organize your presentation to last three to four minutes.  As a part of your time, introduce yourself briefly at the start.  Tell of the significance of these artifacts and the stories (the details) behind at least one of them.  Bring a watch to keep track of the time or have a friend in the audience time you.  Do not ask me to keep track of time for you.  Do not pass artifacts around since it will likely distract the audience’s attention.

Teaching Reading (EDU 217/517) Artifact Experience Rubric

Time(10)over 5 minutes 0-1.5 minutes (0-7)4-5 minutes1.5-2 minutes (8)2-3 minutes  (9)3-4 minutes(10)
Eye Contact(10)Little(0-7)Tend to look down, but look at one side of audience (8)Look mostly straight ahead and to one side (9)Include all members of the audience(10)
Details(10)Minimal(0-7)Sufficient(8)Detailed description (9)Many details with reflective insights (10)

Average points in three categories for total.                                                     _____ points


____ four artifacts                        ____ prepared on date due            ____ dressed professionally

 Dan Rothermel, PhDDepartment of EducationUniversity of New England
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