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SOUTH PUGET SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

GUIDING CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR - COURSE SYLLABUS

Winter Quarter 2011 EDUC 230 N 5 Credits


5:30-7:50 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays Building 20, Room 218

Debi Manning-Beagle, Adjunct Faculty


464-6805 fryecove@comcast.net
SPSCC Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm, Building 20, Room 200

TEXT:
Guidance of Young Children by Marian Marion, 8th edition, Merrill Prentice Hall.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• describe and model methods of supervising and guiding children that help them become responsible
and able to get along well with others,
• demonstrate responding to children with respect, acceptance, and comfort,
• describe and demonstrate tailoring guidance techniques to each child’s unique temperament, age,
talents, needs, and style.
• demonstrate applicable Washington State Skill Standard objectives (see final page of syllabus)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Developmentally appropriate guidance and discipline for children individually and in groups. Promoting
safety, responsibility, social competence and conflict resolution.

Topics are based on chapters from text (indicated in parenthesis) and supplemental information from a
variety of sources.
Jan. 4 Introductions and Practical Guidance Tips
Jan. 6 Teacher’s Role and Styles of Caregiving (1)
Jan. 11 Theoretical Foundations (2)
Jan. 13 Temperament
Jan. 18 Developmentally Appropriate Guidance (3)
Jan. 20 Developmental Affirmations
Jan. 25 Indirect Guidance (4)
Jan. 27 Structure and Nurture
Feb. 1 Direct Guidance and Positive Discipline (5)
Feb. 3 Observation and Individualizing (6)
Feb. 8 Advising Day – No Class
Feb. 10 Special Needs
Feb. 15 Self Esteem (7)
Feb. 17 Social Emotional Competency and Pro-Social Behavior (8)
Feb. 22 Stress and Resiliency (9)
Feb. 24 Trauma, the Brain, and Behavior
Mar. 1 Aggression and Conflict Resolution (10)
Mar. 3 Challenging Behaviors (11)
Mar. 8 Routines and Transitions (12)
Mar. 10 Research Presentations
Mar. 17 Decision Making Model and Behavior Plans (13)
Mar. 19 Final Activity
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SAMPLE CLASS ROUTINE & INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS

5:30 Introductions and opening activity related to topic of evening


5:45 Homework review and exploration of topic through discussion, lecture and/or small group activities
6:30 Break
6:50 Further exploration of topic through discussion and activities or in-class assignment
7:30 Closing activity and review of homework assignment
7:50 Dismissal

COURSE POLICIES

ASSIGNMENTS:

Reading: There are weekly reading assignments based on the textbook and other resources. Students are
expected to be prepared to participate in discussions and other in-class activities as related to the reading
assignments.

Grading: reading assignments are a portion of the class participation and reflective writing grades.

Reflective Writing:
There are twelve reflective writing assignments based on key concepts in the reading assignments. Students
will choose a reflective writing format from the following options:
a) Choose and write about two items from “Questions for Reflection” at the end of each assigned
chapter of reading. The purpose of this writing format is to respond to the authors’ comments,
questions, or situations illustrating your understanding of key concepts.
OR:
b) “Experience Reflection”. Name and describe two concepts from each assigned chapter of
reading. Write examples from your experience that illustrates the key concepts. The purpose of
this writing format is to connect real life experiences with the key ideas, theories and suggested
practices presented by the author.
The overall purpose of reflective writing is to demonstrate understanding and application of the reading
assignments. Students may choose either format on a week to week basis.

Grading: 4 points possible per chapter/reflective writing assignment; refer to rubric for criteria.

Due Dates:
Assignment due dates are indicated on the “Assignment and Grade Sheet”. These correspond with the
chapter reading assignments.

Late assignments:
Late Reflective Writing turned in at the next class will be deducted one point per chapter.
Assignments one or more weeks late will be deducted two points per chapter (50%).
If absent, students can avoid losing points by e-mailing or delivering assignments on the due date.
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Participation and In-Class Assignments:


Students are expected to be ready to participate at all times during class. Participation points are based upon
being present, adhering to ground rules, and contributing to large and/or small group discussions or
activities. There are eight in-class assignments related to topics of the evening. These are typically written,
occasionally shared in small groups or presented to the class, and are due by end of class.

Grading: Participation 3 points per class. In-Class Assignments 4 points each.

Observations:
Students will observe in a school or child care setting for a minimum of 60 minutes. The written assignment
includes two running records with reflections.

Grading: 20 points, see Observation assignment sheet and rubric for due date and grading details.

Due date: March 1st

Late assignments:
Late Observations turned in at the next class will be deducted two points.
Observations one or more weeks late will be deducted ten points (50%).

Research:
One research paper will be assigned early in the quarter. Students will interview two Educators and read
selected materials to compare guidance strategies and policies utilized with different age children and in
different settings.

Grading: 25 points, refer to assignment sheet and rubric for details.

Due date: Students may turn in their research paper anytime in February, the final due date is March 10th .

Late research assignments will NOT be accepted.

Research Presentations:
Students will share a guidance theory or approach from their research with the class. Presentations will be 3
to 5 minutes.

Grading: 6 points, refer to assignment sheet and rubric for details.

Due Date: March 10th

Final Activity:
Students will reflect on their personal guidance philosophy and specific guidance strategies through
individual and small group activities during the final class.

Grading: 15 points are available for the individual activity and 10 points are available for the small group
activity, for a total of 25 points. Participation points for attendance at final class is built into Final Activity
grade.
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Academic Honesty:
All work is to represent own efforts rather than to be copied from another, including authors. Cheating or
plagiarism will result in an F grade for the assignment.

ATTENDANCE:
Class starts at 5:30 and ends at 7:50. There will be a 20 minute break during class. Attendance will be
taken. Students are encouraged to contact instructor about absences and make arrangements to submit their
homework on time. Students are required to find out about missed sessions from other students or the
instructor when there is sufficient time to avoid disrupting class. The instructor reserves the right to
withdraw students who do not show up for the first class unless they contact the ECE/Education Program
Coordinator or the instructor prior to the first class.

GROUND RULES:
These are explained at the first class and reviewed throughout the quarter.
 Everyone participates
 Right to pass
 All beliefs are honored
 Mutual respect
 Confidentiality

COURSE GRADE:
Reading and Reflective Writing 48
Participation 60
In-Class Assignments 16
Observations 20
Research 25
Research Presentation 6
Final 25
TOTAL 200

The final grade is determined by total points as follows:


190 - 200 A 150 - 159 C
184 - 189 A- 144 - 149 C-
180 - 183 B+ 140 - 143 D+
170 - 179 B 130 - 139 D
164 - 169 B- 124 - 129 D-
160 - 163 C+ 0 - 123 F

Financial Aid: Students receiving financial aid should ALWAYS check with Financial Aid Dept. prior to
withdrawing, signing an incomplete contract, changing to an audit, or receiving an F or V grade in a class.

Grade Folders: Students are advised to refer to the Assignment and Grade Sheet for due dates and to
carefully plan their homework schedule. Some weeks require more time for homework than others.
Students are encouraged to track their progress through regular review of grade folder. Communication
with instructor is encouraged via notes in grade folder, emails, formal or informal conferences.
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Student Learning Objectives as related to Washington State Skill Standard Objectives:


Upon successful completion of this course Associate of Technical Arts degree students will have the
following technical knowledge from the Washington State Lead Teacher Skill standards.
1. Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
a. Recognize and implement safety procedures and precautions.
1) ability to manage risks by applying appropriate rules and limits in the
classroom and on the playground.
2. Meet each child’s individual needs and plan for group needs.
a. Interact with children to nurture self-esteem.
1) Knowledge of child growth and development.
2) Ability to teach age appropriate self help skills.
3) Ability to develop a relationship with children so that they can rely on the
adults for support and guidance.
4) Ability to use positive methods of guidance that are individually and culturally
appropriate.
b. Interact with children to optimize learning.
1) Ability to help children communicate feelings and needs.
2) Ability to use a variety of positive and age appropriate guidance techniques.
3) Ability to apply positive guidance techniques.
3. Prepare and evaluate the leaning environment.
a. Recognize and support emergent situations.
1) Knowledge of positive guidance techniques.
b. Create a routine that supports children’s development.
1) Ability to apply positive guidance techniques.
2) Ability to facilitate smooth transition of children between activities and spaces.