EDCI 3550: Classroom Interactions

students using microscopes in classroom

The Classroom Interactions course continues the process of preparing students to teach mathematics and science. 

Students typically participate in several learning activities and consider how the activities reveal and change their own understanding before implementing similar activities in high school classrooms. These activities allow students to evaluate their own learning and understanding of a subject. Bringing together students from different disciplines (biology, chemistry, math and physics) allows them to see their subjects from the perspective of a novice and to consider how different perspectives might affect the same curriculum. 

Participating in learning activities also allows students to consider equity issues. For example, is it fair for only the fastest students to contribute to an activity? How would learning be different if all students were not only allowed but required to participate? Is it fair that some students are learning in a language that is not their first? The class considers the implications of deficit thinking (for example, blaming the student) in classroom outcomes.

The culminating activities of the course are the opportunities for students to teach in a high school and to learn whether they enjoy and are good at it. A major component of the Classroom Interactions course is the opportunity for students to reflect on and evaluate their own work as teachers.