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ED595T Teaching and Learning During Critical Life Changes

Assignments and Course Instructional Activities

Presenter: Mrs. S. Williams MS JD

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Course Objectives: 

Basic Cognitive Background:

•         Trace the history of internet access for students and its impact as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, on students and families

•         Explore the connections between brain health and student success.

•         Review research to access information about “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy”.

•         Research “The Science of Learning” and how to promote engagement through

the use of metacognition and motivation practices.

•         Develop knowledge of specific project-based instructional units

Application of Learning:

•         Determine how students who are “digitally invisible” or without internet service can benefit from increased broadband availability.

•         Identify applicable elements of “The Science of Learning” and provide


•         Review to use images and successes of minority architects, engineers and

mathematicians, for improvement of students’ self-efficacy.

•         Projects not Pandemic: Project Based Learning

 Linking instruction to an appropriately aligned real-life STEAM project.

Intellectual Development:

•         Think logically, analytically, and creatively about curriculum planning and

curriculum issues.           

•         Communicate effectively in speech and writing.

This study is organized into modules with specific readings, Ted Talks and research assignments. Each module includes a website, Ted Talk, and a chapter from professional literature or a research article.

Each also includes at least 2 questions reflecting on the content of the information presented in the Module and how this information could be applied to their teaching practice. 
Module # 1: Urban and Rural Education and Technology Deserts

•         Urban and Rural school districts are severely impacted by remote learning. Some of the problems related to remote learning are the results of social-economic determinants and ethnicity.  This module reviews the effects of the pandemic on urban and rural schooling and the resulting diminished learning opportunities.

1.Website:  Review Ohio Department of Education LRC

2. Review the Affordable Connectivity program

Ted Talk and Video:

         *Oscar Lopez, The Digital Divide

Professional Reading: The Art and Science of Teaching. Robert Marzano (2007) (General Reference Chapter 2).

Academic Questions: Please answer with a minimum of 1 typed page (150 words) APA style double spaced for each question.


 Question 1- Oscar Lopez Ted Talk

Question 2-Adjustments to presenting instruction

Module # 2: Healthy Brains Help Each Other

  • “Healthy Brains Help Each Other” is the theme of this module.  How I see myself impacts how I learn.  How you see me also impacts how you teach me.  Relationships determine how I receive information and my executive functioning. This module explores the connections between brain health, brain functioning and students’ ability to successful receive the information presented by their teachers.


Ted Talks:

  • The Mindset of a Champion Carson Byblow Tedx Youth
  • Anita Collins The Benefits of Music Education (Jan 18,2018).


Professional Reading:

Kids may face mental health issues as school begins amid the pandemic. September 11, 2020.

Strategies for teachers during remote or hybrid learning, Grace Berman, LCSW, and Allison Dubinski, LMSW.

Building Positive Relationships with Students: What Brain Science Says.Center for the Developing Child, Frontiers of Innovation (2011). The Intergenerational Mobility Project MOMS Partnership. Harvard University

Academic Questions: Please answer with a minimum of 1 typed page (150 words) APA style double spaced for each question. Remember to type your name at the top of your assignment

Question 1-The Harvard Moms Partnership

Question 2- Carson Byblow speaks in his Ted Talk

Question 3- Identify some strategies (minimum 2) to help students’ mental health and engagement during the Pandemic

Module # 3: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy uses these principles: “Positive perspectives on parents and families, communication of high expectations, learning within the context of culture, student-centered instruction, culturally mediated instruction, reshaping the curriculum and teacher as facilitator.”

(Ladson-Billings) (1994).


 Highlighting the advice and successes of minority engineers and mathematicians, this module provides real-life experiences for pedagogical reflection. A new approach to STEAM focusing on making learning contextual is also presented.

This module provides specific strategies to support learning while recognizing and incorporating the students’ cultural backgrounds.

Website: Culturally Responsive Teaching: Brown University, Gloria Ladson-Billings “Dreamkeepers”

Ted Talks:

•       We must change the culture of Science and Teaching TedxAtlantic

Dr. Freeman A. Harbowski III. President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore


•       The Future of Education: A Student's Perspective | Anna Nixon | TEDxSalem

•       The Superpowers of STEM | Stephanie Hill | TEDxMidAtlantic.

•       Ted Talk - The art of Diplomacy Tayo Rockson TedX Cooper Union June 13,2017.


Professional Reading:

Culturally Teaching and the Brain, Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

Zaretta Hammond Corwin Publications (2015) Building Awareness and Knowledge. Climbing out of the Gap. Part I-I


5 Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies.


Academic Questions: Please answer with a minimum of 1 typed page (150 words) APA style double spaced for each question.

Question 1-What are some culturally responsive teaching strategies (minimum 2) given by Kristin Burnham, in her article, which could be beneficial to your class?

Question 2-After listening to Dr. Freeman Harbowski’s Ted Talk, what changes could be implemented for student success?

Question 3-Stephanie Hill, in her Ted Talk, speaks about the journey to becoming an engineer.  How could you use this talk to motivate students with potential?

Module # 4: The Science of Learning

•       The Science of Learning, promoting engagement through the use of metacognition and motivation practices. Each student represents a unique opportunity to align your knowledge of how that student learns best, with research-based successful teaching and learning strategies. Are students aware of how they learn best? A student’s reflection on how cognition and comprehension are integral parts of learning. Website: Harvard University BOK Center


Professional Reading: How memory works, comprehending, communication, knowledge, motivation and metacognition and promoting engagement. Harvard University BOK Center, engagement.

Ted Talk: The key to Success? Grit by Angela Duckworth

Academic Questions: Please answer with a minimum of 1 typed page (150 words) APA style double spaced.

Question 1 After reading the information listed in the links for the Harvard Bok Center, which is most useful for instructing your students and why? 


Question 2(a) Please take the mini-self assessment for “grit” which is titled the “grit scale”.  



Q-2(b) Some educators compare our students’ academic school performance as a direct reflection of the person who teaches them. 


Module # 5: Pandemic Paralysis or Purposeful Options

•       Pandemic Practices or Purposeful Options presents project-based learning initiatives created by leaders in Aeronautics, Architecture, Engineering and Mathematics. Project-Based Learning Topics: Entrepreneurship, Architecture for Girls, Things that Fly.

•       Encouraging students to find their passion and become entrepreneurs

Website:  Listed within the context of each topic below.

Ted Talk:

Young Entrepreneurs:

  • Ryan Kelly 
  • Joshua and Jordan Liburd nuts and safe for children with allergies (Feb 2019). 
  • Brandon Sebastian Martinez
  • Moziah Bridges Mo’s Bows Creator of Mo’s Bows
  • Mikaila Ulmer Meandthebees   Lemonade Entrepreneur

See also Ted Talk Dr. Stephanie Hill (Module 3).

Aeronautics is the study of flying.  We began flying in planes, rockets, jets, and now flying cars.  How could students who are interested in flying, learn about aeronautics and use that knowledge to make decisions about their studies in the future.

Things that fly (Aeronautics)

Johnny’s Airport Adventure - NASA

NASA Internships and Fellowships

Architecture for Girls:

Create a cell phone speaker

Professional Reading:

Gurianm Michael and Stevens, Kathy (2004) With Boys and Girls in Mind. Educational

LeadershipVol.62 No.3,21-26 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Notables in STEAM:

Astronomy/Math: Gladys Mae West, worked with the development of the satellite geodesy which became the present-day GPS directional navigation systems used in many venues especially in our cars. Global Positioning Systems.

Aviation: Captain Sarah Kociuba. She was the pilot leading the bomber jets over Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl LV 2021.Graduate of the University of Dayton.

Mathematician: Katherine Johnson Mathematician for the Apollo 13 launch. Lead mathematician highlighted in the movie “Hidden Figures”.

Architecture: Maya Lin, she is best known for a project she conceived while still a student: the Vietnam, Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C

Chemistry: Olga Gonzales Sanabria, Highest ranking Hispanic at NASA GLENN in Cleveland, Ohio.  Inductee into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame as a chemist. Credited with working her team to create the life battery used to power electricity on the International Space Station. Master’s Degree from University of Toledo.

Coding: Kimberly Bryant, Creator of Black Girls Code. An initiative to teach coding to girls.

Robotics: Melonee Wise, Creator of Robots for Fetch Robots 2014

Academic Questions: Please answer with a minimum of 1 typed page (150 words) APA style double spaced.


Question 1- Select one of the project-based learning topics listed above.  Describe how that topic could be used as a purposeful learning?

The Analytic Assessment Rubric provided will be used for evaluation of each module question and answers provided.





















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