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Queens College/CUNY
Education Unit
Spring 2010


SEYS 382 - 


 Thursday 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

 Kiely Hall Room 115

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Brian Murfin, Ph.D.,
Office:  Powdermaker Hall Room 150P,

Office Hours: 

Wednesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
And by appointment

Please send me email to to arrange an online appointment using either:

Phone:  631 223-8311



 SEYS 382.  Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching Science

3 hr.; 3 cr. Coreq.: the subject-specific student teaching course from SEYS 370.4–374.4. Open only to students in teacher education programs. An examination of curriculum development and assessment for classroom teaching designed to integrate New York State Learning Standards and required testing, such as the Regents exams, into the curriculum. The course builds on the fundamental pedagogical content knowledge in specific disciplines in SEYS 360–364.  Taught in tandem with the student teaching experience to enrich the student teacher’s understanding of curriculum and assessment issues within a working classroom.

Education Unit Conceptual Framework:

This course is being offered by the Secondary Education department which is part of the Education Unit at Queens College. The Education Unit seeks to promote equity, excellence, and ethics in urban education and is committed to preparing teachers and other education professionals who will:

This course is aligned with the Education Unit’s commitment to preparing educational professionals to work in diverse urban and suburban communities. Specifically, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that candidates will development/demonstrate at the successful completion of this course are directly linked to the Education Unit’s seven principles: 1) discipline specific competencies, 2) learning and development, 3) families and urban communities, 4) diversity, inclusion, democracy and social justice, 5) language and literacy, 6) curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and 7) technology.



         1.  Textbook (required): None  You will not be required to purchase a textbook for this course.  Instead, each student will review a different  book from a list provided by the instructor.  Most of these books are available in the Queens College library.  

         2.  Textbook (recommended): 

         3.  Supplies and/or tools: None


    Week 1 – 1/28/2010 – Student teaching overview, Introduction to the course


    • Meet cooperating teachers, overview of student teaching and requirements
    • Visit the course web site using the Firefox web browser
    • Press Ctrl T to open up a new tab, visit the CUNY portal at, login, access our course in BlackBoard.  If your CAMS account is not working, you may need to activate it by visiting the following site:
    • Sign up for gmail, access google docs, our google group and google wave.  Email your gmail and qc addresses to and I will then create a class mailing list and google group.
    • Sign up for QC Science Education Space 
    • Complete Pre-Course Survey
    • Introduce self on Discussion Board in BlackBoard
Week 2 – 2/4/2010 – Getting to know your students

Week 3– 2/11/2010 – Becoming familiar with the classroom learning environment

Assignment #1 due  Activities:
  • Weekly update:  successes, challenges
  • Describe your science classroom environment
Readings and Extension activities:
Useful Links:

Week 4 – 2/18/2010 – NO CLASS - Classes follow a Monday schedule

Week 5 – 2/25/2010 – New York State Learning Standards, New York State Science Curricula

Assignment #2 due

Activities: Week 6 – 3/4/2010 – Required assessments in New York State, Assessment Issues
      1. What assessments are required by NYS?
      2. What are some of the issues associated with the required assessments?
      3. What strategies can you use to meet the required assessment
      4. How might you adapt your teaching to address the assessment issues you raised
Useful Links: Week 7  – 3/11/2010 -Using Alternative Assessment in Science classes

  • Weekly update:  successes, challenges
  • Describe some examples of alternative assessment you have used in your class
  • Brainstorm ideas for alternative assessment for topics you will be teaching this semester.  Post your alternative assessments on  Make sure to indicate the topic that your assessment is linked to.
  • Practice with ScienceMOO for online class next week.
Week 8 – 3/18/2010 – Online Class

    Tonight's class will take place in ScienceMOO.  


  1. Online class - Set up an online resource for your students.  This could be a web site, blog, wiki, or twitter feed or come other Web 2.0 tool.  Your online resource should help your students review a science topic in an interesting and fun way.  

  2. Weekly update:  successes, challenges
  3. Select your online tool, sign up for account
  4. Plan, set goals, decide on approach
  5. Create content
  6. Post url on Discussion Board in BlackBoard.
  7. Get feedback from colleagues
  8. Pilot test with students
Week 9 – 3/25/2010 –  Setting up your digital portfolio

      Class activities:

  1. Weekly update:  successes, challenges
  2. Sign up to for a free NSTA account to create a portfolio and Professional Development plan. Begin to assemble a copy of your digital portfolio using labeled files and folders and burn on a DVD.
    • Read the following:

      Useful links:

  3. Electronic Portfolios: Students, Teachers, and Life Long Learners
  4. Electronic portfolios
  5. Examples of WWW-compatible electronic portfolios
  6. What is a digital portfolio?
  7. How to create a digital portfolio
Week 10 – 4/1/2010 – NO CLASS - Spring Recess

Week 11 – 4/8/2010 –  
Continue Working on Digital Portfolio and Review Projects

              • Post project progress report on the discussion board in Blackboard
              • Introduction to Google Sites
              • Use Google Sites to set up another version of your portfolio.  You may also want to use Google sites for your project.
              • Weekly update:  successes, challenges
              • Post update on your progress on your Review Project
Assignment 3 due 

Week 12 – 4/15/2010 -  Motivating students to learn science Activities:

 Week 13 – 4/22/2010 – NO CLASS - Please Work on Digital Portolio and Review Projects


Reading:  Fostering Science Learning in Diverse Urban Settings by Ken Tobin (Link in BlackBoard documents)

Week 14 – 4/29/2010 -Science teaching in urban schools - Joys and Challenges
Activities: Useful Links:

Week 15 – 5/6/2010 –  NYS Certification, Questions and Answers, Professional DevelopmentActivities:

Useful links:

Readings and Extension activities:

Week 16 – 5/13/2010 - >Interviews, Resumes,  and Getting a Teaching Job


Useful links:
Making Science Fun
Please complete the course evaluation before the last week

Assignment 5 Due 

Week 17– 5/20/2010 – FINAL EXAMINATIONS - Presentations of Projects

Assignment 6 Due

Week 18 – 5/27/2010 – NO CLASSES - COMMENCEMENT


Procedure for submitting assignments:

 1)  All assignments that include text:

2)  If your assignment is on the web, post the url on the Discussion Board in BlackBoard.  iIf your assignment is in the form of an audio, video or image, attach the file to a posting on the discussion board in BlackBoard.

Assignment Description

Due Date

Possible Points

Assignment 1 –  Write a short desription of the school, the community, the student body and the faculty.  


20 (5 points each)

Assignment 2 – Describe in detail the classroom learning environment where you are student teaching. (Physical environment, students, teacher, class rules, contracts, atmosphere, textbooks, review books, other)


40 points

Assignment 3 –  Interview with your cooperating teacher or other experienced science teacher, For the class you are teaching, interview (If you can, you might want to try out to record the interview) your cooperating teacher and


20 (10 points for questions, 10 points for transcript, video or audio file)

Assignment 4 – Weekly updates on successes, positive events, and challenges (Post before or during Thursday class) (These can be video, audio or text postings)

Due weekly

10 points for each post for a total of 100 points

Assignment 5 –  Action Research Project - Goal:  improve student performance on a required assessment .  Procedure:   Design an Exam Review aid - create an original game, poster, model, video, activity, contest, etc. that will help students review for a required assessment such as the Regents exam.  Test out your exam review aid with your students.


100 points for activity

10 points for presentation

Assignment 6 –  Digital portfolio of examples of your work.  Sign up to for a free account to create a portfolio and Professional Development plan. Assemble a copy of your digital portfolio using labeled files and folders and burn on a DVD.


100 points

Participation – Active participation in all class activities. 




Academic Dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion as provided at:

 H. ADA Statement
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:  (1) register with and provide documentation to the Special Services Office, Kiely 171; (2) bring a letter to the
instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.  This should be done
during the first week of class.  For more information about services available to Queens students contact:  Dr. Mirian Detres-Hickey, Special Services Office; 171 Kiely Hall; 718 997-5870 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  E-mail address: or to

All teacher education programs in New York State undergo periodic reviews by accreditation agencies and the state education department.  For these purposes, samples of students’ work  are made available to those professionals conducting the review.  Student anonymity is 
assured under these circumstances.  If you do not wish to have your work made available for these purposes, please let the professor know before the start of the second class.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.



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