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  • 2015 Spring + EDUC 387-Peer

    Tutoring Syllabus 201501062015

    Spring + EDUC 387-Peer Tutoring

    Syllabus.docx

    Page 1 of 14 January 6, 2015

    THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL

    SCHOOL OF EDUCATION THE LEARNING CENTER

    EDUC 387 Peer Tutoring (3 semester hours) Section 002: Wednesday 6:00 9:00 pm

    Instructor: Bud Harrelson, MSA Instructor Email: bharrel@live.unc.edu Graduate Assistant: Brian Matthews Graduate Assistant Email: bdmatthe@live.unc.edu Office Location: SASB North, The Learning Center, Suite 0118 Office Hours: By appointment Class Meeting Location: Dey Hall, Room 208

    COURSE OBJECTIVES

    The course is designed to meet the following objectives:

    1) To build understanding of the learning process;

    2) To orient students to major theories of learning;

    3) To support students in identifying how they learn;

    4) To expose students to the various strategies that promote learning;

    5) To expose students to the various strategies to assess the learners understanding of material;

    6) To expose students to various study skills; and

    7) To develop students capacity to support others in the learning process through the peer tutoring model.

    REQUIRED READING

    A textbook is not required for this course.

    COURSE AGENDA The schedule set forth below as well as the policies and assignments for this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

    NOTE: Assignment 9: Post-conference Analysis will be due three days after your observation post-conference has been conducted. You will submit your feedback in an email to the clinical supervisor who conducted your observation. The assignment is described later on under the Clinical Supervision portion of the syllabus [The link above will take you to the correct location within the syllabus]. WEEK 1: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 Course Overview Tutor Training Session 1 _________________________________________________________________________________________ WEEK 2: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 Tutor Training Session 2

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    Assignment 1: Personal Learning History (20 points) The purpose of this assignment is as follows:

    1. To understand not only how you learn;

    2. To begin to see how others approach learning; and

    3. To begin to understand the skills, requirements, habits necessary to learn a different content area.

    Part A: (15 points) Due: 11:59 PM, Sunday, January 11, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai In the subject line of your submission include Personal Learning History + [Content Area] (This is the subject you selected to write about). Your response should be pasted into the Personal Learning History forum in Sakai. DO NOT upload individual files. Write two pages that describe your learning history in the primary subject you plan to tutor. What are the key moments that advanced your learning, understanding, and mastery of this content area? When did these moments occur (i.e. how old were you, what was your level of cognitive development, what was the setting, who was the teacher / professor, did the teacher / professor use specific instructional strategies)? What difficulties did you encounter when learning this content area? What strategies did you use to overcome these obstacles? What are the practices in your behavior that make you a good student in this content area? How did you learn (and learn to maintain) these practices? Part B: (5 points) Due 11:59 PM, Wednesday, January 14, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai Read and respond someone elses personal learning history. Minimally, your response should be three paragraphs. In your response, address the following:

    1) Summarize what it means to learn this content area based upon what the other person said.

    2) What are the similarities and difference between you and the other student in how you overcome difficulties?

    3) What strategies does the other student utilize that might be beneficial to you? Why did you select these

    strategies?

    Two people cannot reply to the same post. You should do your best to select a content area different from the one you tutor. ___________________________________________________________________________________ WEEK 3: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 FIRST NIGHT OF PEER TUTORING Assignment 2: Understanding Your Discipline (20 points)

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    An exemplar will be posted to Sakai. The purpose of this assignment is for the tutor to understand how the values and paradigms within each discipline / content area determine the approach used during the tutoring session. PART A: (15 points) Due 11:59 PM, Sunday, January 18, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai In the subject line of your submission include Understanding [Content Area] (This is the subject you selected to write about). Your response should be pasted into Sakai in the Understanding Your Discipline forum. DO NOT upload individual files. Write at least a page describing the values, fundamentals, tenets of the primary subject area in which you plan to tutor. What is the purpose of this discipline? How do people who work in this discipline approach their work? If more than one approach exists, include all of them. Compare and contrast these paradigms. How does understanding the values and paradigms used by a discipline affect the learning of the discipline? For example, what are the values, fundamentals, and tenets of chemistry? What do chemists care about? How does understanding the chemists values and paradigms impact the learning of chemistry? PART B: (5 points) Due 11:59 PM, Wednesday, January 21, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai Read and respond someone elses Understanding Your Discipline. In your response, compare and contrast the values and paradigms of the two disciplines. Two people cannot reply to the same post. You MUST select a content area different from the one you tutor. _________________________________________________________________________________________ WEEK 4: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 Peer Tutoring Assignment 3: The Beginner PART A: (15 points) Due 11:59 PM, Sunday, January 25, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai In the subject line of your submission include Beginner+[Activity] (This is the activity in which you were most recently a beginner). Reflect upon your most recent experience as a beginner. It could have been making a chocolate cake, snow skiing, traveling by yourself, making a doctors appointment, or playing the ukulele. How did you feel during this experience? Did you behave differently since you were a beginner? Did others treat you differently

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    because you were a beginner? How does understanding the psychology of a beginner influence the strategies your might use while tutoring? PART B: (5 points) Due 11:59 PM, Wednesday, January 28, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai Read and respond to someone elses beginner experience. How is the students experience different from yours? How might you apply the insights this student discerned to your tutoring approach? This should be different from information you included in your initial posting. Two people cannot reply to the same post. You MUST select an activity different from the one you used in your initial post. _________________________________________________________________________________________ WEEK 5: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Peer Tutoring Assignment 4: Failure as a Learning Experience PART A: (15 points) Due 11:59 PM, Sunday, February 1, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai In the subject line of your submission include Failure. Reflect upon a time when you failed. What were the circumstances? How did you feel? Did you overcome the failure? If so, what did you do differently? Did you attempt the activity again? If yes or no, why? What did you take away from the experience of failure? How does understanding the psychology of failure influence the strategies you might use while tutoring? Part B: (5 points) Due 11:59 PM, Wednesday, February 4, Submitted to Forums section on Sakai Read and respond to someone elses experience with failure. How is the students experience different from yours? How might you apply the insights this student discerned to your tutoring approach? Two people cannot reply to the same post. You MUST select an activity different from the one you used in your initial post. ________________________________________________________________________________________ WEEK 6: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Peer Tutoring Midterm Assessment: Tutor Observation Form (20 points) We are asking you to develop an observation tool that an administrator might use to give feedback to a peer tutor. Based upon your experience of peer tutoring best practices, you will determine the domains a high-

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    quality tutor observation tool should include. You will also determine the criteria the administrator should look for during the observation to measure the tutors effectiveness in each domain. You will submit the midterm in two parts. Part A is due this week, and Part B is due March 4th. For Part A, you will submit the observation tool domains and your justificatio