Background on Capstone:
Rather than the more traditional, thesis style capstone; this capstone focuses on reflective teaching and artifact collection described in the capstone artifact handbook. During STUDENT TEACHING you will collect the artifacts from each strand with an actual capstone class offered (ground based) the 8 weeks immediately following Fall and Spring student teaching, and online the 8 week 2 in Spring and 8 week 1 in summer.
During EDRS698, you will critically examine your artifacts and thinking around the strands. You will begin this process by presenting and sharing your data and artifact collection with peers. These critical conversations will deepen your understanding of each strand and allow you to create a more comprehensive overall reflection.
What will you be responsible for during EDRS 698?
For each strand, you need to be prepared to give a 20 minute presentation using your artifacts and prepared to write a formal critical reflection paper using the artifacts.
Preparation for Capstone begins EARLY!!!
You can go to the follow address and watch the session that was taped (Sorry that it is mostly my back!) You will need a REAL MEDIA player to watch it--available free online.
The capstone seminar presentation powerpoint attached below is meant to go with the taped presentation. When you have finished reviewing these materials and have printed out the word version of the Artifact Collection Handbook, please take the capstone quiz--
Go to Quiz Star to complete your capstone requirements and take the capstone quiz (http://quizstar.4teachers.org) — You do need to register to use this app [PLEASE USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME SO I CAN TRACK WHO HAS TAKEN THE QUIZ].
Once you have registered, you will enter as a student and Search keywords for EDRS 698 quiz. Then, there is some text that has a hyperlink that appears as “Proceed to My Classes to view all of your classes together.”
Once you complete the quiz, click on review and it will provide you with the answers.
Offerings are limited to Spring 8 Week 1 and Summer 8 Week 1--there are NO SUMMER 8 WEEK 2 OFFERINGS! if this creates a problem speak with your advisor
TIPS for Capstone students:
*****1. Start doing the strands as soon as you are assigned your student teaching school. You can begin Student in Context by collecting all of the school level data from CDE and school websites. You can begin Community Connection by mapping the community and beginning to participate in community events. You can begin the Technology strand by speaking to the librarians, media and ed tech personnel at your student teaching school. You can look at school and district websites regarding availabile technology. You can begin the Classroom Management strand by writing down all of the procedures you expect to use in the classroom. If possible, observe in your cooperating teachers classroom to see what s/he is already doing that you might adopt.
2. Take pictures of your classroom walls and whole group student work. Scan a sample of student work product at a needs improvement, proficient, and advanced level.
3. Figure out a system to organize everything i.e. a file box for each strand.
4. Use your student teaching journal to record thoughts about the strands and the experiences and feelings you are having. You might get a 5 subject notebook and designate 1 section for each strand. Each time you have a thought or experience that relates to a strand, you might make an entry that you could use when you get to the capstone class.
5. For the Student in Context, find school and district data particularly demographic and testing data
http://www.schoolview.org/performance.asp and select SCHOOLVIEW Data center. Then select the school District and open the school...