Artifact Experience
Wednesday, 11 August 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)


Exploring Teaching (EDU 105) 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) or a piece of writing you have written, (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), and (3) An object to represent a memorable teacher.  Organize your presentation to last 3-4 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 is likely to distract the audience’s attention.

Exploring Teaching (EDU 105) Artifact Presentation 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)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.                             _____  out of 10 points


____ Four artifacts          ____ Prepared on date due

____ Dressed professionally as if you were going to a public school classroom (no jeans, no flip flops)Dan Rothermel, PhDDepartment of EducationUniversity of New England
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