Learning Experience Spring 2021

Throughout the semester, we will engage in many small group discussions and a variety other types of learning experiences. While I will lead many, so you will have opportunities to design and lead learning experiences as well.

To help facilitate this, the ED253 class is divided into learning circles (LCs) with numerous responsibilities associated with three different assignments. For this assignment, LCs are responsible for planning and engaging the whole class in meaningful learning experiences, lessons (~45 minutes) based on the assigned reading(s) for that week. Individual LC members also write a brief (750 words/three (3) page essay for this assignment. (Details below).

The readings are selected from the field of educational foundations also referred to as education studies. This sub discipline of the field of education concerns all matters relevant to the historical, political, economic, philosophical, socio-cultural study of the field of education. (There are even more areas, such as ethics and theology).

Readings have already been assigned to LCs from the selection of the eReadings. Assigned readings are also posted on the course calendar: Click on Calendar & Agendas. The Schedule for when your LC is teaching a learning experience is available under the Learning Circles tab on the ED253 Course website.

This project has three phases. Your responsibilities include

  1. prior to class |
    • read and discuss the assigned reading,
    • meet and discuss with Dr. Shutkin,
    • plan and develop your lesson.
  2. during class | engage our class in the lesson you developed.
  3. after class | write a brief essay (~ 750 words) and post it to your blog
    • about the assigned reading,
    • about the lesson.

Prior to teaching your first lesson, together with your LC, you are required to meet with me outside of class for approximately one (1) hour to discuss the reading and to think about how to design and teach a lesson about the reading.


Learning Experience (Lx) BlogPost

Learning Experience Blog Post essays are due at midnight on the Friday following your classroom learning experience. (~ 750 words)


Elements to address in your Learning Experience BlogPost in four (4) parts

Following the learning experience (lesson) you taught with your LC, and to earn credit for your work, each LC member writes a first person narrative essay (~750 words, about three (3) pages).

Part I | About the assigned reading discuss (not necessarily in this order):

  1. How your lived experience connects with, or raises questions about, a theme(s) that you’ve identified from the reading,
  2. Main themes developed by the author,
  3. How the author uses evidence, such as lived experience, references, and/or numerical data,
  4. Political, cultural and/or ideological, etc., perspective of the author,
  5. Your reflections, beliefs, or criticisms regarding the reading such as the implications for schooling and/or the field of education.

Part 2 | About the lesson that your LC planned and taught (not necessarily in this order), what

  1. Themes from the reading your LC chose to emphasize in the lesson and why,
  2. You wanted your students to learn (lesson objectives),
  3. Were your contributions to the planning of the lesson,
  4. Were your responsibilities teaching the lesson.

Part 3 | References consulted for the lesson and/or blog post.

Part 4 | Links to shared material such as a Google Slide.


Your contribution to the development and staging of your class lessons will be assessed using the Learning Experience Assessment Rubrics


Designing & Leading Learning Experiences

Below please find links to a few websites with pedagogical ideas and tools to consider as you design and plan your learning experiences.