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Seminar in Educational Psychology (EdFS 377)

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Posted: October 26th, 2010 by Charles Rathbone

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Final Class

Posted: July 8th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

Well, we did it! I apologize for the timing being off today and am grateful you could stay around to hear each of us out with our posters. They represented a good deal of thought, integration, and plain old work. I’ve put some on the website. I’ll get pieces of all of them up and running soon. But right now, like for you, life calls and I’ve got to move on for a bit. Anyone want to join me at 5am for the house moving? (Just kidding!) All the best, Charlie


Posted: July 8th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone










Contact Information

Posted: July 8th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone




The context of Dottie’s Story

Posted: July 7th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

Dottie’s Story is a chapter in the book I wrote during my sabbatical. The book is a collection of my stories about what I’ve learned across the year of my life about race and me and systemic racism in this country. I try to make the point through examples in my own life that seeing ourselves and knowing ourselves as a category (white) is essential to working through other socially categories (black, mixed, privilege, etc.) from which we’ve constructed our racist behavior.

This particular chapter occurs after I’ve decided not to accept invitations to work with faculties unless the invitations come from the faculties themselves. Instead, I’ve declared the bottom line for me as a teacher educator is whether I can make a positive, measured (!) difference in the lives of schoolchildren through my university students. Making that difference is the bottom line of whether or not I believe I am effective (and good) at what I do.

The reference to the Big Red Book is a reference to one of the first chapters in the book in which I tell how race became “named” for me. The list of names that occur in the text (Manny, Doris, etc.) are teachers I worked with when I taught Junior High.

Scaffolding (in a Vygotskian sense)

Posted: July 6th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

Here’s a useful reference to scaffolding. Moll describes scaffolding as “the gradual withdrawal of adult control and support as a function of children’s increasing mastery of a given task.”

Wednesday July 6, ’05 — Information Processing

Posted: July 6th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

I suspect the brief foray into information processing might have seemed like a random event but I really wanted to make sure that the idea of “planning” as we talked about it on Tuesday got picked up and attached to the idea of metacognition. In my mind, the only way to do this is to do it within the larger picture of information processing. This particular reading was deliberate and specific in terms of actual teaching moves that enable learners to be more independent within their zpd. Those moves are all good ways to scaffold information (http://www.fno.org/dec99/scaffold.html). It was good information.

Please read the chicks-sent-me-high (Csikszentmihalyi) interview. It will set off bells all over the place. In your spare time, of course.


Information Processing Paper

Posted: July 5th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

Useful information on how we process information.

Expectancy Value Theory

Posted: July 5th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

Places EV Theory in the larger context of psychological research.

Assumptions: Class Discussion

Posted: July 5th, 2005 by Charles Rathbone

1. all students can learn

2. teachers know their impact on students

3. educators are aware of the importance of their self-awareness

4. play in school starts to diminish as students get older…

5. choice is something that parents, students, and teachers have to make cooperatively

6. the learning environment should be natural

7. change in public schooling is an overwhelming prospect

8. private schools produce better educated students than public schools, generally

9. caring is not currently taught in public schools

10. caring is an important skill that should be taught

11. test assessment doesn’t work well overall

12. communication

13. forming relationships

14. helping children with their school homework is a duty of parenthood – bad parents don’t do this

15. small is better

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