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EDU 210 All Weeks Discussion and Assignments – Entire Course EDU 210 Full Course EDU 210 Week 1 Topic 1 Discussion Question 1 According to the “Grand Canyon University College of Education Conceptual Framework” resource regarding the Professional Dispositions of Learners, what are the two most important qualities or characteristics that contribute to being an effective teacher? Why do you feel that these characteristics are vital? Finally, do you believe you possess these characteristics? EDU 210 Topic 1 Discussion Question 2 What a person values in life plays a large role in the type of person he or she becomes. Discuss the role a person’s faith and value system is permitted to play in a classroom or school. Should that role be expanded or contracted? Explain. EDU 210 Week 1 Assignment TaskStream Account Details: If you have not already done so, set up your TaskStream account. Please note: All GCU College of Education students are required to have an e-Portfolio account established in TaskStream, a Web-based tool to organize, assess, and showcase learning. Review the TaskStream resources, located on the College of Education’s page in the Student Success Center. Students should become familiar with these resources to facilitate the submission of applicable assignments to their TaskStream account. EDU 210 Week 1 Assignment Why Teach?

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Details: Reflect on the experiences of the five teachers you read about who were nominated for National Teacher of the Year, and write a first-person narrative of 250-500 words explaining why you want to teach. Cite three to five teachers from the CCSSO: National Teacher of the Year in your narrative. Consider the following criteria in your narrative: Why do you want to be a teacher? What/who inspired you to teach?


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What grade level do you want to teach? Why? What characteristics, experiences, or skills do you possess that make you suited for teaching? GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. EDU 210 Week 2 Topic 2 Discussion Question 1

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Based on your own experience, relevant websites, and the information found in your textbook, describe American students by answering the questions below. Does this description match your own educational experience? Why or why not? What do students like about school? What do students dislike about school? What do students do on their free time? What is their general disposition regarding teachers, authority, and their future? EDU 210 Week 2 Topic 2 Discussion Question 2 Many students feel alienated from the school and find little identification and meaning in the educational process. Socrates stated that teachers must reach learners where they are. What will you do to reach these students? Explain. EDU 210 Week 2 Assignment Students in the 21st Century

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Details: Conduct an observation of one to two hours in a location where students congregate that is not a school (e.g., mall, movie theatres, church, parks) Write a 500-750-word reflection describing: Communication styles (verbal and nonverbal) Social/interpersonal behaviors Topics of discussion Verbiage Attitudes Clothing and body art, e.g., tattoos, piercings Be sure to include any surprises you encountered versus what you expected. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected. Review the “Students in the 21st Century Scoring Guide� prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin. EDU 210 Week 2 Assignment Teacher Pulse Inventory Details: Take the Teacher Pulse Inventory found in TaskStream. Complete the inventory by the end of Topic 2. Take a screen shot of the confirmation that appears when you complete the inventory to submit to the instructor by the end of Topic 2. EDU 210 Week 3 Topic 3 Discussion Question 1 What have been the most significant positive and negative changes in education during your lifetime? What changes/reforms do you think need to be made? Explain. EDU 210 Week 3 Topic 3 Discussion Question 2


Your textbook states that common schools are publicly supported schools attended in common by all children. Based on the information also found in the textbook, construct a response to the assertion that the end of the common school is at hand. EDU 210 Week 3 Assignment Movers and Shakers in Education Details: Navigate through the Virtual Timeline media piece to survey the significant people and events that have shaped our educational system in America. Choose four people and/or events that appear in the timeline to research. Identify the effect that each of these people and/or events had on the evolution of American education. In 750-1,000-words, summarize the effect that each of these people and/or events had on the evolution of American education. Utilize your assigned readings and the GCU Library to research and defend your rationale. Copy and paste images of these events as supplements to the descriptions of the historical events. You may use images from the timeline or other images from the Internet that are “copyright-free.” Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

EDU 210 Week 4 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1 View the video “Educate to Innovate” in the Topic Materials. Reflect on the video and offer your perspective on the feasibility of the STEM initiative and its sustainability for the future. EDU 210 Week 4 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2 The concept of parent choice has become an integral part of most states’ education reform efforts. Advocate for your position by stating your rationale for or against parental selection of schools through vouchers. EDU 210 Week 4 Assignment U.S. Education Today and Tomorrow

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Details: Select four of the eight educational trends discussed in Foundations of American Education to create a 15-20-slide PowerPoint presentation that includes slide notes of 200-250-words. Use three to five resources to describe the trends in various elementary and secondary school settings. You may utilize the assigned readings for this topic as well as the GCU to support of your content. Discuss how you think these trends will impact the future of American education and defend your rationale. Consider the following: An older and more diverse U.S. population. Increased choice and privatization of education. Changing role of government in education. High school reform. Increased reliance of technology in the classroom. Increased globalization. STEM Initiative Common Core/PARCC GCU style format is not required for the body of this assignment; however solid academic writing is expected and intext citations and references should be presented using GCU documentation guidelines, which can be found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. Review the “Education Today and Tomorrow Scoring Guide” prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment. You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. EDU 210 Week 5 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1


What roles do the federal, state, and local governments play in PreK-12 public schools? Why might a state want to limit federal government power over a school? Explain. EDU 210 Week 5 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2 How does the per-pupil funding level for schools in your state compare with the levels in other states? In your opinion, why is there such a discrepancy in per-pupil funding among the states? Describe if and how the amount of per-pupil funding impacts the academic achievement of students and schools. Support your position with recent statistics. EDU 210 Week 5 Assignment Educationese

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Details: Create a PowerPoint presentation in which you do the following for each term: Define each pedagogical term. Matches the picture to its corresponding pedagogical term. Give valid explanation of each term’s purpose in the educational process. Use one slide for each of the following terms: 1. Inclusion Informal assessment Mentoring Cooperative learning Charter school Standards Bloom’s Taxonomy Inquiry instruction Assessment Portfolio assessment Lesson plans Scoring rubric Tenure EDU 210 Week 6 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1 At GCU, we hope to inspire you to teach as Dalton Sherman inspired his teachers at Dallas Unified School District. With that in mind, describe your expectations of this program and of GCU. How do you plan to contribute to the teaching profession and university during your time at GCU? Discuss. EDU 210 Week 6 Topic 6: Discussion Question 2 After viewing the “COE Virtual Tour” of the traditional campus in Phoenix, Arizona, consider why might it be important to stay connected to other students, faculty, and staff throughout your program at GCU? EDU 210 Week 6 Assignment Conceptual Framework and Ethical Dispositions Chart Details: Becoming familiar with the protocols of the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework is a critical part of the process of becoming an effective educator through GCU. Using the “Code of Ethics: Association of American Educators” and the “Teacher Candidate Proficiencies” section in the “Grand Canyon University College of Education Conceptual Framework,” compare and evaluate seven areas in which their purposes overlap. Complete the “COE Framework and Ethical Dispositions Comparison Matrix.” While GCU style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using GCU documentation guidelines, which can be found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.


This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. EDU 210 Week 7 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1 Max Points: 5.0 Imagine that you are a teacher. You’ve decided to write out a plan on how you will impact your students, colleagues, and education in general. By planning this legacy at the beginning of your career, could it impact how you teach throughout your years as an educator? Explain. EDU 210 Week 7 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2 Provide two meaningful “take-aways” from this course. Why are they significant to you? How do you plan to use them during your teaching career? EDU 210 Week 7 Assignment Legacy Statement

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Details: Reflect on what you have learned in this course about teachers and students, and consider the legacy you will leave at the end of your teaching career. Describe the impact that you plan to have on your students, colleagues, and the community in a summary of 500-750 words. Connect your teaching philosophy with the college’s conceptual framework. Frame your response according to the concepts in the Statement of Educational Philosophy (i.e., Learning, Leading, and Serving) found in the “Grand Canyon University College of Education Conceptual Framework.” Consider using these sentence starters when writing your summary statement: I will be remembered for… I will make an impact on … I will have positively influenced… My colleagues and students will remember me as someone who… The legacy I will leave on the field of education is… Consider using this summary in the future as a starting point to inform your Philosophy of Education. GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected. Review the “Legacy Statement Scoring Guide” before beginning the assignment to become familiar with the criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.


Edu 210 all weeks discussion and assignments – entire course