|EDUC 1300 Course Syllabus
Course Description OR What the heck does EDUC 1300 mean?
EDUC 1300 is a course designed to give students a variety of tricks and tools to use in order to be successful in high school and college. You are entering a very different world of learning now. You will be taking a more active role in your education with quite a bit more freedom, but with that power comes responsibility (think Spider Man). You will also be in charge of organizing your materials, keeping up with your assignments, and taking responsibility for your performance. It is THESE skills and personal insight that are the number one factor in determining your success in college, not your content knowledge, and, unfortunately, more and more students are entering college without these skills, falling behind or dropping out as a result.
The course EDUC 1300 is a freshman level class at Lone Star College. Students who enter in degree programs are typically REQUIRED to take the course to ensure they have the basic skills to be successful. While the course is somewhat adapted for Quest, much of the content remains the same, and our goal here is to give you these skills now so you will be able to utilize these tricks and tools in your high school and college careers. It is basically a HUGE leg up in whatever field you choose to pursue.
Course Objectives OR So what are we learning?
The objectives for the course are outlined by two sources: TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), and ASPIRE (College Readiness Standards). I’m sure that means so much to you right now, so let me explain.
The TEKS are a set of standards that outline the knowledge and skills a student should have at the end of a course or by the time he/she graduates high school in the state of Texas. Every state has its own set, but the TEKS is ours.
ASPIRE is something you will hear quite a bit about over the next few years. It is an acronym for the six most important factors that determine a person’s success in college. There are posters all over Quest spelling these out more clearly, and every facilitator designs curriculum around ASPIRE.
You will be getting other sheets outlining both of these sources more extensively.
So what will be covered in the class? Here’s a brief list of topics:
Goal making and execution
Group and individual study skills and habits
Stress reduction and managing anxiety
Writing, research, and presentation skills
And a heck of a lot more
Assignments OR What are we doing?
You will have a number of different types of assignments. There are, however, a few assignments and in-class work that will be done on a regular basis. The processes and expectations for these assignments will be described below. There will be other types of assignments, but they will be tied to one specific lesson. The assignments described below will be on-going. Just because it is not written here does not mean it is not important. So don’t even try to pull that
Quote of the Day
There will be a “Quote of the day” at the beginning of every class. It will be written on the board. It is expected that you will enter class on time, and you will write the quote on either a sheet of loose paper or in a notebook. You must include the quote, the date, and a quick reflection on what you think the quote means (or what it means to you). You must keep ALL of these quotes in a location where you will not lose them and where you will have easy access to them. You will see why.
Journals are meant to help you reflect on the course content and your own beliefs about learning, success, and yourself. The best way to be successful in any facet of life is to reflect on your thoughts and actions and see how they affect your outcomes. After all, if you keep doing and thinking the same thing, chances are you’ll always get the same result.
You will have at least one Journal topic every week. You may have options for these topics, you may not; they depend on what is covered in class each week. Topics will be given at the end of class on either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on your schedule. These journals are due at the beginning of the next class. So if you meet on A days, you will get the topics on Wednesday, and the journal is due at the beginning of your class on Monday. There will be a turn in box next to my desk. It is expected that you will place your journal in the turn in box.
You have two options with journals. You can either keep them in a single notebook, or you can write them on individual sheets of loose paper (or typing is perfectly acceptable). If you choose loose paper, it is your responsibility to keep your journal entries together and organized. You will need these for another on-going assignment. (Also, if you choose to use a notebook, you can write your quote of the day assignments in there, too, that way it’s all in one place! I highly suggest this option if you can get a notebook).
Each journal must have the following: the date the topic was assigned, the due date of the journal, the journal topic, and your entry. There is not a “required length” for journal entries, but if the entry is not at least 3/4ths of a standard sheet of paper, chances are you are not really answering the question as in depth as you need to. You will be given a rubric for more specific grading information. As will all Quest assignments, if you do not receive a score of 3 or higher, you will need to do corrections in order to pass the assignment.
Here’s why you need to keep everything you get and do in the class. Every 3 weeks, there will be an organization check. I will ask you 10 questions, looking for information from specific sources that I have either handed out or you have written (journals, quotes). For every question, you must tell me the answer and the source you found the answer from. An incorrect or incomplete answer to either part means you will not receive credit for the question. If you miss more than 2, you will not pass the check. In this case, you have one week to get the missing materials before you will retest. I will be checking materials before the retest to ensure they are yours and not ones that have been borrowed for the sake of the check.
The assignment may seem trivial now, but you might be surprised just how difficult it can be to take responsibility for organizing yourself and keeping up with your work.
Two of the biggest objectives for EDUC 1300 revolve around study skills and collaborating with others. Again, these skills are harder than you may think, so we’re going to practice both at the same time.
Sometime in the next couple of weeks, you’re going to fill out an academic profile. This will look at your strengths and weaknesses in academic classes (i.e., I have a hard time in math/humanities/science and need help). I will then be placing you in study groups based on your profiles, and your group will focus on one discipline. The reason I am picking groups is because just picking friends will often not end well in many ways, and it’s also good to expand your horizons. It is, however, non-negotiable. NOTE: Your study group partners may or may not be in your class period. I will try my best to keep the classes somewhat together, but because of scheduling and class sizes, this may not be possible.
Your study group must meet at least once every two weeks for an hour outside of class. It is your responsibility to log the times in which you meet. You may break up this time in any way you want, but if your meetings do not last at least 20 minutes, you are not really fulfilling the requirements. I will show you ways to structure meeting times and assign roles within the group when we get to it. This will help your meetings be productive and will give you objectives.
Every member of the group will fill out a reflection form for each hour of meeting time (you will get these later). The form will ask you about your role in the group, how the session went, what did or did not work, and what you will do in the next meeting to make it more productive and useful for all members. This will be very difficult at first, so do not feel discouraged. The study groups will be maintained throughout the term, so if things are rocky at first, focus on working through the problems, not dwelling on them.