Psychology of Childhood Class Policies
Instructor: Mrs. Heidel
Room 540 – Ph. Ext #8515
Web Page: http://sites.google.com/site/heidelfacs/home
This course offers the unique experience of learning about children by working with them.
Students operate a play school for 3, 4, 5 year olds. The students have the responsibility of planning and
teaching children in playschool. The first half of the term is spent learning about children’s development through textbook, video, observation, and practicing teaching skills.
*This course is a prerequisite to Exploring Childhood A and B.
In order to receive 3 college credits, students must receive a B or better in Psych of CH and
Exploring CH A & B. The credits are from St. Paul College. Student may petition for credit
at other institutions, which may or may not accept the credit.
It is the student’s responsibility to get makeup work following an absence. Full credit is received
if work is received one day after returning to school. One day for each day absent. Ex=5 days absent,
work due 5 days after returning to school. Write the day(s) absent on the top of each makeup
assignment to receive full credit. Place in correct basket on front table.
This course is fast paced with the expectation from you as a learner to be responsible for your learning. Please plan for work daily and use you time wisely to stay on track. This is for your success, the success of the teaching teams and the success of the Playschool Program. Due dates are posted on the calendar at the front of the room above the assignment box. In emergency situations, please communicate to me prior to the date due regarding individual situations which may prevent you from completing an assignment on time.
Test Make Ups
Tests must be made up within one week. To make up, schedule a time for after the school with
Participation points: Each student will be evaluated based on their teamwork, time management, overall participation during classroom and Playschool days. In order to maintain an “A” in this area, students are expected to fully participate in all course requirements. You will lose points for disruptive behavior; unexcused absences; sleeping; cell phone use, inattentiveness, lack of effort. This applies to
group work also, where non-participants will receive no credit for group work.
Tardy To Class
Students are expected to be in desks when bell rings. Participation points are lost for a tardy
Making up Play School
Play school may be made up by recreating a play school-like situation, videotaping
it, having an adult witness verify the experience, and providing lesson plans, etc. Themes must be
approved with Mrs. Heidel beforehand. Play school is difficult to makeup so make every attempt to be here.
All prearranged absences should be reported to Mrs.Heidel before play school
or group assignments are scheduled.
-Students will be assigned seats and groups during this term. All students are
expected to be in the assigned seat and area throughout the class period.
(videos, seat work, group work, planning for play school, etc.)
-Students will receive zeros and be considered insubordinate when not respecting
-Students are expected to stay in assigned seat or area until excused by the teacher.
Do Your Own Work
-All written work is expected to be completed by YOU! Consider the school policy on
plagiarism before you copy another’s packet or paper. All narrative papers are kept on file
from previous students, and checks done for plagiarism.
-Observations must be done in your words and reflect your thinking.
No Head Phones!
No Cell Phones!
No Pop, Candy or Food!
Appropriate Dress Code will be enforced throughout the term – you are to be a role model
Hats and Coats are not allowed in class
Emergencies only! I have a sign out pass and form – you must follow procedures for sign out or these privileges will be taken away.
Respect Goes Both Ways
Be prepared for class. Answer when called upon. Heads up and be attentive. Use a respectful
tone of voice.
Listen to others and have a positive attitude.
30% Group Work: Playschool
20% Individual Competencies/ Participation
35% Daily Work: Packets, worksheets, activities, Case Study Paper
15% Tests & Quizzes