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Hot Topic of the Week Wiki
To help students look beyond the textbook and lecture notes and be able to think deeper on some specific topics, in pairs students chose one narrow topic and search for more content and information either from peer reviewed journals or information from the www.

Zsuzsanna Szabo

Assessing the wiki to learn about ed psych

Educational psychology students can learn a lot about educational psychology by assessing the quality of the materials provided on this teachingedpsych wiki . Zsuzsanna Szabo, instructor at Marist College, asked graduate students to revise and extend the materials on this wiki. Here is the assignment that explains how she did it.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 8, 2011 on behalf of Zsuzsanna Szabo.

A Chart Summarizing Human Development

Here is a way for students to summarize or integrate major ideas about human development.

- Seifert Seifert May 17, 2010

Using Students' Written Autobiographies to Understand Human Development

Here is one way for students to use their personal story-telling abilities in order to understand ideas from human development or from other areas of psychology and education.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 18, 2011

Help in Writing Autobiographical Stories

This link goes to a collection of short articles from Psychology Today that discuss aspects of writing stories that are autobiographical or otherwise "personal." Topics include using effective metaphors, construction of stories that are "convincing," and more. The collection is helpful for students (or instructors!) who are doing the autobiographical assignment listed in the previous item above on this page.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 14, 2012

Behavior Modification Project

The link above takes you to general directions for an assignment using behavior modification. You can also see a sample student project, and get more about this assignment, and others related to it at the website for Jonathan Mueller's ed psych course. See also the extensive website of materials focused on teaching social psychology, maintained by Jonathan Mueller.

(See also Classroom management or Theories of learning.)

- Seifert Seifert May 17, 2010 on behalf of Jonathan Mueller.

Lesson Plan Analysis

Students locate a lesson plan on the Web. Then they evaluate its quality by applying course concepts to it. For example, has the lesson been constructed at a developmentally appropriate level for the age group? Are concepts presented in a manner that will foster long-term retention? Click on the link above to see the full assignment.

- jonmuel jonmuel May 6, 2009

Brief Reading Assignments

By keeping reading assignments brief, you may be able to get them to read more widely than usual. At this link is also some advice about grading students' written when they are numerous, though brief.

- jonmuel jonmuel May 6, 2009

Teaching Others How to Interpret Research Claims in the Media

Here is an assignment to help students popularized accounts of educational research presented in the media. You can also see samples of websites created for this assignment by students.

more about this assignment...

- jonmuel jonmuel May 8, 2009

(See also Multimedia or Articles, chapters, and books.)

Applying Educational Research to the Classroom

Students are required to construct a Web site in which they a) briefly summarize a research finding on the psychology of learning and b) describe several strategies for practically applying the research in the classroom. Samples of Web sites created by students can be found here.

- jonmuel jonmuel May 8, 2009

(See also Articles, chapters, and books.)

Critiquing a Rubric

I use this assignment in my graduate assessment course, but it could also be used in Educational Psychology. The rubric for this assignment can be found on this page.

- jonmuel jonmuel May 8, 2009

(See also Assessment of K-12 learning.)

Action Research Paper

Students identify an educational problem, review research related to the problem, collect other relevant information, and generate possible solutions.

...submitted by Sandra Deemer

Constructing a Motivational Toolbox

This article describes an assignment in which students identify five motivational strategies for themselves and five for their future classrooms.

...submitted by Sandra Deemer

(See also Articles, chapters, & books, or Motivation.)

Rewriting Narrative Accounts of Teaching

In this assignment, students write and think about issues of teaching from a narrative, rather than expository, point of view.

- Seifert Seifert May 21, 2009

Research Synthesis Paper

Kathy Schuh, in her advanced Educational Psychology course, asks students to complete a thorough synthesis of research on a course-related (and program-related) topic. Peer review rubrics are also available here and here. A grading rubric is here.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 24, 2010

Variety of Assignments

Kathy Schuh offers students a choice of five possible assignment: including concept map, case study, and instructional unit. Clicking on the heading above takes you to the assignments; here is the grading scale for the assignments.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 24, 2010 (See also Course syllabi or outlines.)

Creating Exam Questions

Kathy Schuh requires her students to generate "two very good exam questions during the course of the semester." A rubric is provided for grading the questions.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 24, 2010 (See also Assessment of K-12 learning.)

Interviewing Children To Understand Developmental Change

Stacy DeZutter has her students interview two children of different ages to understand cognitive developmental changes. The students design the interview themselves based on what they have studied about Piaget, information processing, memory development, etc. The activity gives first hand experience with developmental differences!

-- Stacy DeZutter

(See also Human development.)

"My Life So Far": Relating Ed Psych to Students' Autobiographies

As an alternative to Rewriting Narrative Accounts of Teaching, students can write a narrative of their own life as it relates both to their own teaching and learning, as well as to ideas of ed psych.

- Seifert Seifert Jun 26, 2009

(See also Human development.)

3 - 2 -1 Reading Reflections

Sandra Deemer offers this assignment as a handout to help students to do assigned readings thoughtfully. The assignment also includes a rubric that guides the discussions based on the students' reading reflections.

- Seifert Seifert May 21, 2010

Making Visual Records of School Experiences

The advent of digital cameras has made it easier for preservice students to make visual records of what they see in the classroom. This assignment takes advantage of this fact; students take photos of the classroom, school, and the people in it. (Note: Due to privacy issues, students should ask permission before taking pictures of individuals.)

--from Sandra Deemer. (See also Multimedia.)

Creating Thoughtful Concept Maps

Concept maps are a useful tool for integrating a set of ideas or concepts--something that most instructors of ed psych what their students to accomplish. But it can be challenging to insure that concept maps are designed thoughtfully. Here are some guidelines for help making concept maps useful.

--from Sandra Deemer , Millersville University

(See also Thinking and cognition.)

Wait Time and Its Effects

Students can observe a teacher's wait times and reflect on their various effects on students. Here is how.

- Seifert Seifert May 21, 2010

Practice Cases for the PRAXIS II, "Principles of Learning and Teaching" Test

These are case studies helpful for preparing for the American PRAXIS II exam called "Principles of Learning and Teaching." The cases are presented in the same style as those on the PRAXIS "PLT" exam--i.e. as a vignette or small set of documents followed by a few open-ended essay questions.

These cases can also be found in the free online textbook, Educational Psychology, 2nd edition (pp. 330-344), which can be downloaded at no charge.

(If you are unfamiliar with the PRAXIS exams, they are a series of written tests required in many parts of the United States in order for new teachers to become legally certified to teach. Even if the schools in your area do not use the PRAXIS, they still make good discussion starters!)

- Seifert Seifert Nov 27, 2009

Students Assessing Their Own Practice Teaching Experiences

If your students have recently completed a period of practice teaching, they can write about and analyze their experiences productively.Here is a way to do this.

- Seifert Seifert May 21, 2010

Using Mentors To Stimulate Students' Reflection

Students can reflect on issues about teaching and learning by corresponding with experienced educators or other professionals in fields related to education. Here is how.

--submitted by Lacey Sutherland, Atlanta Christian College.

Using Picture Books to Teach Educational Psychology

This article, published by Debby Zambo and Cory Hansen, describes a way to use picture books to introduce topics about educational psychology, and it gives examples of specific books for specific topics.

(See also Articles, chapters, and books.)

- Seifert Seifert May 27, 2010

Using Children's Literature to Teach Educational Psychology: A Children's Literature Database

Based on the ideas of Debby Zambo and Cory Hansen cited above, this is an extensive list of children's books that can be used to support the teaching of both educational psychology and children's literature. The list suggests the major themes or topics from ed psych that are highlighted by each book.

- Seifert Seifert May 24, 2011

Science Fair Projects about Psychology

This link lists numerous projects about topics in psychology that could be done for a science fair competition. Many could be adapted to make them specifically relevant to educational psychology and to university-level students in a teacher education program. The page is part of a larger website listing science fair topics of all kinds, not just about psychology.

- Seifert Seifert Aug 27, 2010

Presentation about Self-Chosen Book about Ed Psych

Here, from Susan Rogers at Columbus State Community College, are detailed directions to students for creating and completing a presentation about an interesting, scholarly book of their own choosing, and that related to educational psychology. The directions include a rubric, suitable to give to students, that explains how the assignment will be marked.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 2, 2010 on behalf of Susan Rogers

How Imaginative Are Children's Stories?

Here is an assignment, originated by Gerald Levin of Bucknell University, that helps students both what they mean by a child being "imaginative," as well as how much children are in fact "imaginative." The procedure can be adapted as well to assess other fundamental personal qualities, such as "intelligent" or "gender-biased" or "achievement motivated."

- Seifert Seifert Nov 17, 2010

Student-Made Crossword Puzzles

To review key terms or concepts, students can create their own crossword puzzles, by working backwards from a set of terms defined either by the instructor or by the student.Then students can trade puzzles and see how well they do at solving someone else's puzzle. The link above takes you to a website that creates the crossword puzzle automatically from the list of terms and definitions submitted by the student.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 26, 2010