Student Guides do it again!

Submitted by Peter Turner on

In our Introduction to Education course, one of our major topics is ethical behavior by teachers. Materials covered include some reading materials on ethical behavior, the National Education Association teacher ethics, and a voice-over Ppt covering the topic. The follow up assessment is a series of situations, all of which have occurred in local K-12 education settings, to which the students must describe the correct ethical pathway to take. Scores on this assignment averaged at 77%. This was disappointing, especially considering the serious nature of the topic. At the suggestion of a colleague, spurred by other CATS, and in consultation with practicing educators, I created a quick flow-path Ppt titled “Dr. T’s Ethical Decision Making Guide.” Students were required to read/listen to this and do a Discussion regarding a sample ethical situation, before doing the situation assessment. Scores rose dramatically after instituting these steps to an average of 94%.

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Olga Tsoudis Sat, 11/12/2016 - 7:55pm

Pete, I can see why you would be concerned about learning on this specific topic! The powerpoint with your voice is a great tool for the students. It reminds me we sometimes forget to use the voice tool. Thanks for sharing. Olga

Heather Muns Mon, 11/14/2016 - 1:36am

Very cool.  Thanks for sharing. 

Peter Turner Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:13am

In reply to by Heather Muns

Actually, Heather, you created a student guide for a CATS a while back, and that's where I got the idea!

Becky Baranowski Mon, 11/14/2016 - 9:07am

This is a very serious topic that teachers need to know and understand.  The PPT was very well done, too.  Thanks for sharing. 

Peter Turner Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:14am

Because of the serious nature, and prior unacceptable scores, these were my reason for addressing this with a different strategy. Thanks, Becky!

Teri Graham Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:16am

This is a fabulous idea and the students obviously benefited from your new PPT technique.  I appreciate you sharing.

Erica Wager Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:25am

This is a great idea! I think of the trainings I've done (for instance training on FERPA) and I always remember best when I have to apply what I've learned to a realistic scenario. It's a great idea to prepare students for these scenarios with your lesson! Thank you for sharing.