This is a provisional syllabus. Dates,
rules, units and assignments will
I am excited about this new semester and the additional students that I will meet over
the Internet. I encourage you to view the syllabus to know the class content, quizzes,
discussions, essays and course requirements. You should go ahead and begin the first
assignment. (Scroll down to find topics.) I will be responding to questions sent to my
email ([email protected]). Notice: Online versions of this course have the
same requirements regardless of the semester offered. I reserve the right to add to or
change this syllabus.
William G. Masten, Ph.D. Department of Psychology and Special Education, Texas
A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas 75429. E-mail address
[email protected] Office hours: Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
and Friday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and by appointment.
Email Address: [email protected]
Responses to emails will be made Monday through Friday within 48 hours unless outof-office notification has been provided. Please note I will not guarantee response to
Virtual Office posts or emails during weekends, holidays, or in the evenings. If you have
any questions or need clarifications on any aspect of the course, please post early in
the week.
Materials – Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings
Textbook Required
Hallahan, D.P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen. P.C. (2015). Exceptional Learners: An
Introduction to Special Education (13th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
ISBN # 13:978-0-13-357104-2/ 10:0-13-357103-1
Table of Contents (http://www.mypearsonstore.com/bookstore/exceptional-learners-an-introduction-to-special-education-0133572471)
1. Exceptionality and Special Education
2. Current Practices for Meeting the Needs of Exceptional Learners
3. Multicultural and Bilingual Aspects of Special Education
4. Parents and Families
5. Learners with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
6. Learners with Learning Disabilities
7. Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
8. Learners with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
9. Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
10. Learners with Communication Disorders
11. Learners Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
12. Learners with Blindness or Low Vision
13. Learners with Low-Incidence, Multiple, and Severe Disabilities
14. Learners with Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments
15. Learners with Special Gifts and Talents
Course Description
This course will provide a survey of populations with exceptionalities. Attention will be
given to the cause of these deviations and their effect upon the individual’s
development. Professional roles of the special education team members as well as the
policies and regulations applicable to special education programs in general will be
Screen shots
They will not be accepted.
Academic Misconduct
If I detect academic misconduct, you may automatically FAIL this course.
On independent work
Everything you do in this course is done without the aid of others, except the Writing
Lab. You may not have aid on essays or quizzes. You may not books, notes or other
help on the quizzes.
Honesty and Plagiarism:
As an Internet class and there may be an opportunity to cheat (share exams, or perform
other acts of academic dishonesty). Unless otherwise indicated, all of your work is
completed independently. If you are suspected of academic dishonesty, you may be
referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary actions. I need to emphasize that there
is the assumption that answers to Dropbox essays are your own. I welcome and
encourage you to use the journal articles, and books. However, avoid independent
websites that are not journal articles as resources to completing the Dropbox essays.
You must provide a reference for every Dropbox essay. A simple statement such as
"references included" will not be sufficient. No one cares if you get an idea from
someone as long as you credit the source. Do not use sources without crediting the
source. Another person’s idea used without a reference is plagiarism.
Instructors do not tolerate plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Students
are expected to uphold and support the highest academic standards. Penalties for
students guilty of academic dishonesty are listed in the Student Code of Conduct
(Texas A&M University-Commerce Code of Student Conduct). If it is determined, you
committed plagiarism or cheating will get you an F in this course.
Plagiarism is a complicated issue
1. If you use a direct quote without using quotation marks, the page number of the quote
and the authors name and year of publication, this is definitely plagiarism. 2. Using
someone’s idea without crediting the source is plagiarism. This includes information
from our textbook. 3. Using an essay you have used before is plagiarism. 4. Using a
paper from a “paper mill” is plagiarism (i.e. term_papers_are_us.com). 5. Using a paper
or essay someone wrote for you is plagiarism. Using a paper or essay for 2 courses is
plagiarism. You may not open or use another student’s files.
How to avoiding plagiarism
1) Always cite the source. 2) Never use direct quotes. 3) You may not open or use
another student’s files.
is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an
examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, unauthorized copying
of computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for the assignments and
presenting it as if it were one’s own, coping test items, printing test items or saving test
items, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.
You may not open, view, download, save or use another student’s files or your work
from another course. If you do this is cheating and will fail this course.
is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty,
including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an
inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an
examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, or allowing a classmate
to copy answers.
On The Use of Direct Quotes
Do not copy direct quotes from any source. Any use of direct quotes in a Dropbox essay
will gain the user a grade of 0.
The virtual office
is open for your use. You may ask any questions about the course. I will answer the
questions so everyone may see the answers. This should save you time and prevent
more than one student from asking the same question.
People First Language
In special education, general education, and psychology, it is important to refer to
individuals who have a disability (or a D.S.M. diagnosis) in “people first” language as
described in the federal special education law, I.D.E.A. 2004. We do this to focus on the
individual first, not the disability. Always refer to the person first, and the disability
second. For example, you would not discuss a person as “an A.D.H.D. student,” but
refer to them as “a student with A.D.H.D.”
Diagnosis in Special Education
We will follow the federal special education law IDEA 2004, to guide our use of use of
the various diagnoses in special education. Some individuals do not like this however, I
did not write the law! We will follow IDEA to avoid confusion. For example, I.D.E.A. used
autism, not autism spectrum disorder.
Required assignments
Read and learn all assigned chapters, study all documents under doc sharing, complete
all assignments, Dropbox essays and quizzes under specific units.
The quizzes
There will be three quizzes; the first one will be on A.P.A. style and the syllabus. The
other two are on the textbook, PowerPoint and documents in doc sharing. All the
quizzes will have multiple-choice questions. The quizzes must be taken at the time
designated, not before, not after (Ecollege does not have the flexibility for students to
take a quiz on different dates). At 11:00 pm on the quiz day, your ability to access the
quiz will end. After you take a quiz, you will receive your score. The items are not
provided because the quiz has not been designed to be a learning experience. Rather,
they as designed to measure learning. If you want a learning activity, make up
questions before you begin reading a chapter, go to the textbook web site, or use the
study guide. The textbook website and the study guide may have practice quizzes to
measure learning. If you attempt to copy or print any items of the quiz, this is cheating
and it is a violation of copyright. I will set up the quizzes to determine which students do
Late quiz
If you miss a quiz for reasonable reason, or lose the internet during the quiz and wish to
complete it, notify me on the day of the quiz and I will arrange things for you.
Study tips
Reading the assigned chapters, documents and PowerPoint presentations are crucial to
academic success in this class.
Finding the Assignments
Where is Assignment? Look under Course Home and you will see Week 1. Hit Week 1.
Hit the "Assignment" tab. There will be a “drop down menu” then scroll to the
appropriate Assignments. Assignment demarcations will obviously change with the
assignment numbers, such as Assignment for weeks 2, 3, 4, etc. If you need help, first
phone call to technical support may be necessary for further clarification. From time to
time Ecollege may not work. When this happens, be sure to notify me. You will not lose
points if you explain the problem, the time, and date of the problem
Criteria for Dropbox Essays
Type your Dropbox Essays in MS Word and use the spellcheck. Do not use websites
from the Internet. Use of websites = 0. Use only journal articles and books. Two or three
sentences do not constitute an essay.
On the use of direct or verbatim quotes
Do not cut and paste direct quotes from a book or an article (unless you want a 0). Put
the answers in your own words and credit the source (use A.P.A. style:
On the use of websites
Do not use websites from the Internet. No use of Psychology Today, or Ladies Home
Journal type popular magazines or websites, blogs, Facebook, etc. to answer Dropbox
Essays. Use of these = 0. Use only journal articles and books.
What Can Be Used For References
Use journal articles and books for references.
Question: Is it ok to submit an outline instead of an essay?
Answer: No, no outlines, outlines = 0. Always submit a written Dropbox essay, not an
Question: What are the expectations for the Dropbox essays?
Answer: The questions should be answered completely, accurately and in the greatest
detail possible for the highest score.
On The Use of Abbreviated English or Slang
When you write your essays, avoid short hand English (i.e. R for are, U for you, cant for
cannot, 5 mth for five months) or slang. This is fine in email messages or text messages
to your friends, but not in a formal Dropbox Essays where you are graded. Think of
these essays, as formal essays that you would type on white paper and hand in if this
were a face-to-face course.
Grading of Dropbox Essays
If you go the extra mile on every Dropbox Essays, you will be rewarded. If you have
everything “down pat” from the book, documents, PowerPoint, videos, etc. you will gain
a higher score on the quizzes. Each time you post a Dropbox Essays, copy and paste
the question. In this way, everyone will know which question you are answering. Always
save the essay on your hard drive just in case you lose the essay in Ecollege. Each one
of the Dropbox Essays has been designed to enhance your skills and abilities in various
areas which correspond to the course objectives. I may make comments on the
Dropbox Essays.
Appropriate references
Online references are not appropriate references in this course. No use of videos,
PowerPoints presentations or websites as references even if they are in the syllabus or
in Doc sharing.
Essay Scoring Criteria or Rubric
Essay Score = 100%-95%.
This essay is a highly effective response to the assignment, no errors were noticed, has
more than 1 reference. It has the following additional characteristics:
• Good organization and overall coherence.
• Clear explanation and/or illustration of main ideas.
• Variety of sentence syntax.
• Facility in language usage.
• Complete freedom from mechanical mistakes.
• No Errors in word usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 90%-94%.
This essay shows competence in responding to the assigned topic but may have minor
errors, has 1 reference. It has the following additional characteristics:
• Competent organization and general coherence.
• Fairly clear explanation and/or illustration of main ideas.
• Some variety of sentence syntax.
• Facility in language usage
• General freedom from mechanical errors.
• Minor errors in word usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 89%-80%
This essay displays competence in response to the assignment, has 1 reference. It has
the following additional characteristics:
• Adequate organization and development.
• Explanation and illustration of some key ideas.
• Adequate language usage.
• Some mechanical but inconsistent errors and
• Mistakes in usage or sentence structure.
Essay Score = 79%-70%
This essay shows some competence but is plainly flawed, has 1 reference. Additionally,
it has the following characteristics:
• Inadequate organization or incomplete development.
• Inadequate explanation or illustration of main ideas.
• A pattern of mechanical mistakes or errors in usage and sentence structure.
Essay Score = 69%-60%
This essay shows limited competence and is severely flawed. Additionally, it has the
following characteristics:
• Poor organization and general lack of development.
• Little or no supporting detail.
• Serious mechanical errors and mistakes in usage, sentence structure, and word
Essay Score = 59%-50%
This essay shows a fundamental lack of writing skill. Additionally, it has the following
• Practically nonexistent organization and general incoherence.
• Severe and widespread writing errors.
Essay Score = “0”
A “0” for essays that have direct quotes from a book, an article, etc.
A “0” essay used a website as a reference or used a PowerPoint presentation as a
A “0” essay does not have a reference.
A “0” essay does not address the topic assigned.
A “0” essay did not complete the assignment.
A “0” for assignments not answered by the due date.
Final letter grade = average of all discussions, essays and quizzes, 100-90% = A; 8089% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; below 60% = F.
Notes on Acceptable Dropbox Essays
Every essay must have at least 1 reference. Essays will be in Word format, not PDF
or other file types. Essays will be written at a college level. Essays will be at least 150
words. Post your essays in Dropbox, not Doc Sharing, not Discussion, not sent via
email. Submit essays using 12 font size, Arial font type, and 1-inch margins on all four
sides. Utilize spell-check and grammar-check software prior to submitting your
Dropbox Essays grades will be based on quality of responses, not length of responses.
Length is not the measure; completeness and accuracy are the measures.
Factual Knowledge Versus Opinion
When a Dropbox Essays asks for factual knowledge, do not give your personal opinion.
Save your personal opinions for Discussions. Other times, when Dropbox Essays ask
students to support a specific view, some students think they can support the opposite
of the view. Be sure you do not fall into these mistakes.
Use of Discussion
The purpose of discussion is to provide students an opportunity to interact with each
other. The discussion topics are your chance to give your opinion. For full credit, give
your opinion and comment on another students post. To obtain the maximum points
make sure your responses are more than simply agreeing or disagreeing with others’
comments. Give the logic of reacting to others’ ideas and demonstrate your critical
thinking in your Discussion comments.
All of your Discussion responses will be submitted via Discussion. Where is Discussion?
Look towards the top of this page and you will see Week 1. Hit the "Discussion" tab.
Look for “Week 1 Discussion" and then scroll to appropriate Discussion. Do not forget to
push “post response.” Demarcations will obviously change with the Discussions, such
as units 2, 3, 4, etc. Do not attach files in Discussion. All students must be able to see
your Discussions. For every Discussion, be sure to respond to one of your fellow
students about some aspect of the topic. If you neglect to post a response to at least
one of your fellow students for every Discussion question, expect fewer points.
Email Policy
I will attempt to return emails with 48 hours. If you send a message on Friday night or
the weekend do not expect a reply until Monday. Do not send a message on Saturday
and expect it to be answered on Sunday. Please do not send second emails etc.
Please, do not request grades be send via email. I will post grades only on Ecollege.
From time to time, I will send you email messages so be sure to check your email
messages daily. If there is a problem with a quiz, email me. I will fix it ASAP.
Students with disabilities
If you have a disability you should notify the instructor at least 6 weeks before the
semester begins, (considerable time is necessary to prepare the course). The
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that
provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other
things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a
learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If
you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Office of Student
Disability Resources and Services, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Gee Library,
Room 132, Phone (903) 886-5150 (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835 (903) 886-5835,
Fax (903) 468-8148, [email protected]
Assumptions Related to Successful Completion of this
1. You have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. There are a
number of computer labs on campus.
2. Ability to use “MS Word" word processing.
3. You have adequate writing abilities. You may seek the assistance of the University
Writing Lab. There will be no loss of points for using the University Writing Lab.
4. You are able to read the required reading materials.
5. These questions are listed as every semester students present numerous inquiries
along the following lines of thought:
a. I do not have a computer and I did not know a computer was required for the course!
Where should I go? Use the computers in the library.
b. I am not accustomed to writing essays. Can you prepare an alternative task for me?
Unfortunately, No.
c. I am working 40 hours per week, taking 18 semester hours, and have three children.
Can you reduce the course workload for my situation? Regrettably, No.
d. I just do not have the time to do all the requirements of the course. May I do less?
Lamentably, No.
e. Can I take this course without reading the book or support materials? Regrettably,
f. You really do not expect me to read all the assignments, do you? Yes.
g. I do not like to read, may I avoid the readings? No, I do not see how.
h. I cannot take the test on the days indicated. Take another section of this course;
there are many.
The previous quotes are taken from actual emails received in the past. Anything I do for
one student, I must do for all students. Each student will receive 3 credits for this
course. There will not be an * next to the course indicating you did less than the
requirements. If you are not able to meet the course requirements, then you are
encouraged to drop this course.
Study Recommendations:
1. Study the syllabus and know the due dates.
2. Do not wait until the last minute to post your Discussions or essays. Post an
assignment early as opposed to the last minute. Remember Murphy's Law: "Anything
that can go wrong will go wrong." Murphy's Extended Law: “If a series of events can go
wrong, they will do so in the worst possible sequence.” The same laws apply to the
Office preference
Since this is an online course, the expectation is that everything can be completed
online. For that reason, if you have a general question about the class, post it under
virtual office. For specific questions, use my email address. Thanks.
Late assignments
If the assignment is late, you may receive a 0 on that assignment. All assignments will
be due at 11 pm on the designated deadline dates, as are the quizzes. However, I
recognize things happen. Even if late, be sure to post your assignment. If your response
is there when I grade it, the essay will be graded. Do not wait weeks to post a
discussion or Dropbox essays and expect your work to be graded. One student waited
until after I posted final grades, and then asked if her late assignments could be graded.
If you miss an assignment due to death, military, or reasonable excuse, please email
me. If you miss an assignment without a legitimate excuse, you may receive 0 points. If
you miss two (2) or more assignments without a valid excuse, you may be dropped from
the course. If you cannot get in Ecollege, go to technical support and then contact me.
Respect for Others
The topics of conversation may be emotional and controversial. I encourage you to
disagree with me and other students. I may not agree with what you have to say, but
you have a right to say it. However, there is a difference between academic discourse
and rudeness. If you cross the line, I will counsel you on the matter. This course has
Discussions for your opinions. Do not confuse opinions with facts. If you make racist,
sexist, ageist (Ageism), non-scholarly comments or derogatory statements, I will refer
you to Dean of Students. I encourage you to offer your opinion, but be respectful to your
classmates and your teacher.
APA Format
You are required to use A.P.A. format to cite the source of all ideas (including our
textbook and journal articles). Any time you cite facts, you need a reference. If it is not
your idea, then you must cite the source by using a reference. If you fail to list a
reference, you will lose all possible points. If you improperly use A.P.A. format, then you
will lose some points. Below are sites that discuss the A.P.A. Style. Reference List:
Basic Rules: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/. Reference List:
Author/Authors. Reference List: Articles in Periodicals. Reference List: Books. Online
Bibliographies and Annotated Bibliographies.
Jürgens, R. (2005). HIV/AIDS and HCV in Prisons: A Select Annotated Bibliography.
Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/intactiv/hiv-vihaids-sida-prison-carceral_e.pdf
The University regards the following as illustrations of misconduct by individuals
or groups, which may result in review by the appropriate disciplinary agencies:
Academic cheating and plagiarism.
Malicious destruction, damage, unauthorized possession, or misuse of University
property, including library and laboratory materials, or of private property on the
Abuse, whether physical, mental, or otherwise, of another person in the
University community.
Disorderly conduct, which inhibits or interferes with the educational responsibility
of the University community or the University’s social-educational activities.
Violation of local, state, and federal laws on or off campus.
Recurring incidents, which are in violation of University policies, and/or other
such persistently irresponsible behavior that brings into question the student’s serious
intent to pursue an education.
Failure to respond to a summons by letter, telephone call, E-mail, or personal
messenger from a University administrative official or faculty member.
Sexual or racial harassment.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
The following completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to
Student Learning Outcome
Define special education service
TExES Competencies
#001 Understand and apply knowledge of the
Student Learning Outcome
TExES Competencies
categories as outlined in IDEA to include
possible causes and prevalence rates of
various service categories.
# 1B
Describe characteristics, needs and
evidence based interventions of students
served in each service category.
Explain the special education process and
procedures for assessing and developing
the educational plans of individuals with
disabilities including the use of assistive
technology (AT).
Conceptualize special education as a
system of service delivery. Describe the
historical influences of special education
including the major legislations governing
the delivery of educational services for
individuals with disabilities.
Identify techniques for communicating
effectively to support collaboration
with families and other professionals
serving students with disabilities.
Global Learning SLO
Evaluate environmental and cultural
influences on delivery of effective
educational services to students,
including students from diverse ethnic
and language groups.
characteristics and needs of students with
#004 Understand and apply knowledge of
procedures for managing the teaching and
learning environment, including procedures
related to the use of assistive technology
#010 Understand the philosophical, historical,
and legal foundations of special education,
#012 Know how to communicate and collaborate
effectively in a variety of professional
Global Learning Competency
View themselves as engaged citizens within
an interconnected and diverse world
Grading & Evaluation Criteria
Student Learning Outcome
# 1A Define special education service
categories as outlined in IDEA to
include possible causes and
prevalence rates of various service
# 1B Describe characteristics, needs
and evidence based interventions of
students served in each service
# 2 Explain the special education
Grading & Evaluation Criteria
Student Learning Outcome
process and procedures for assessing
and developing the educational plans
of individuals with disabilities
including the use of assistive
technology (AT).
# 3 Conceptualize special education
as a system of service
delivery. Describe the historical
influences of special education
including the major legislations
governing the delivery of educational
services for individuals with
# 4 Identify techniques for
communicating effectively to
support collaboration with families
and other professionals serving
students with disabilities.
QEP Evaluate environmental and
cultural influences on delivery of
effective educational services to
students, including students from
diverse ethnic and language
Student Learning Outcomes for Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Student Learning Outcome
Grading & Evaluation Criteria
Learning Outcome 1: Students will be able to
demonstrate knowledge of the
interconnectedness of global dynamics
(issues, processes, trends, and systems).
Discussions and Dropbox essays
Learning Outcome 2: Students will be able to
apply knowledge of the interconnectedness
of global dynamics.
Discussions and Dropbox essays
Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to
view themselves as engaged citizens within
an interconnected and diverse world.
Discussions and Dropbox essays
Instructional Methods
This course will provide a variety of activities and assessments to assist you in
achieving the outcomes/objectives for the course. Students will work toward achieving
these outcomes through discussions/comments, papers, assignments, and
tests. Below is an explanation of each course requirement including due date,
assignment instructions, and other requirements.
As a student enrolled at Texas A&M University-Commerce, you have access to an
email account via MyLeo. ALL class emails from your instructor WILL GO TO YOUR
MyLeo ACCOUNT. Please be sure to check this email account frequently and
Activities and Assessments
Week 1: due 1/26/2015 at 11:00 pm
Overview: This week’s module will review plagiarism, APA style, and learn to use
Learning Outcomes:
The learner will be able to define plagiarism and describe how to avoid
The learner will be able to write a reference in correct APA style.
Assignments/Assessments for this week
1) Ecollege tutorial ,
2) Avoiding Plagiarism,
3) APA tutorial &
4) A.P.A. references.
COMPLETE the APA Tutorial
After completing the APA Tutorial take the quiz. When you have a score of 100% post the grade
to APA Tutorial.
Study the Online Writing Lab (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/)
Complete these modules
Reference List: Basic Rules
Reference List: Author/Authors
Reference List: Articles in Periodicals
Reference List: Books
Put the references below in A.P.A. style. Do not change the order of the authors’ names. Do not
include [Journal Article] or (Book). These are to help you know what kind of a reference each
citation is. Do not include the “pp.” Do not include the word “Vol.” Do not use references from
someone else or from another course or a past semester; do not look at or copy another students
list of references; this is cheating.
Sample reference
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical,
volume number(issue number), pages.
Put references in A.P.A. style, copy them to a Word document and load them to the Week 1
References in APA Style Dropbox.
Becker B, Luthar S. (2015). Social-emotional factors affecting achievement outcomes among
disadvantaged students: Closing the achievement gap. Educational Psychologist, 37(4)197214.
Black F, Bargar R. (2015). Relating pupil mobility and reading achievement. Reading Teacher,
28(4) 370-374.
Edwards M, Tyler L. (2015). Intelligence, creativity, and achievement in a nonselective public
junior high school. Journal Of Educational Psychology, 56(2) 96-99.
Myers R, Schultz D. (2015) Predicting academic achievement with a new attitude-interest
questionnaire—I. Educational And Psychological Measurement 10:654-663.
Hallahan, D.P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen. P.C. (2015). Exceptional Learners: An
Introduction to Special Education (13th Ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
REVIEW the Basics of APA Style Tutorial (http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/).
Question to be posted under Dropbox: How can you become prepared for an interconnected
world? No use of direct or verbatim quotes, no use of websites as references even if they are in
the syllabus or in Doc sharing.
Example of reference
Dropbox Essay based on “Misunderstood Minds” videos:
Week # 1 requires you to make an entry into the Dropbox. To complete this assignment
you are required to watch a series of short video clips and write your reaction to
them. The video clips will serve as an introduction to special education for those
unfamiliar with some of the topics we will be studying throughout the remainder of the
For this assignment you will be required to watch the 9 parts of the video,
Misunderstood Minds. This series of videos introduces you to 5 “exceptional” children
and their families. The various parts of this video will help you begin to think about
aspects not generally thought of with “exceptional” children. Few people would ever
think about special education when first introduced to Nathan in clip # 1.
Access Misunderstood Minds at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/
Access the videos of “Misunderstood Minds” beginning with Chapters 1
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChEcsUzfUAs) through Chapter 8.1. each chapter
is about 9 minutes with the exception of 8.1 which is 4:39 minutes.
Dropbox Essay Assignment: Write a 200 reaction to your watching the
Misunderstood Minds videos. For example, you might write about what you learned,
what surprised you, how what you saw agrees or disagrees with your past experiences
or how these videos will help effect you as a teacher. Your paper is to be brief but
include enough detail to show me that you watched all the clips. Post your paper in
WORD as an attachment drop box in week #1.
Please, follow the rules of internet etiquette, called Rules of Netiquette
A grade will be assigned for participation in the discussion group for each module. You must
participate/post in each discussion thread/activity in the module to receive credit for the module.
However, only one thread or activity will be selected each week for grading. Full credit will be
given according to the following:
Quality of writing – responses are free of grammar, spelling or punctuation errors
Frequency/Timeliness – participates throughout the week on several different days
Initial Posting – response fully addresses all aspects of the question/prompt
Follow-Up Postings – posts reflect upon comments from others and integrate different
views to take the discussion deeper
Organization – thoughts are presented in a clear and logical manner, with details
Reponses are not merely a restatement of information or ideas already presented. You are
expected to present new ideas for consideration, pose questions to explore a topic deeper, and/or
add to perspectives presented.
Week 1: due 1/26/2015 at 11:00 pm.
Week 1 Discussion: Plagiarism due 1/26/2015
Why is Plagiarism something to be avoided at all costs? Students are expected
to participate actively in assigned discussions. For each discussion, you are to
contribute at least one original thought by posting your reflection to a thought provoking
question based on assigned readings / videos, etc. For some discussion forum posts,
you will be required to respond to one or more postings of one of your classmates (peer
Week 2: due at 11:00 pm
Read chapters 1-8 from your text and review the corresponding PowerPoint
presentations on each chapter filed in the "doc sharing" tab under a file labeled chapter
notes and presentations
Undergraduate Graduation Checklist
1. Total Hours for degree met? (Must be at least 120 hrs.)
2. Required Institutional-25% of course work taken at TAMU-Commerce?
3. Last Number Institutional Required-24 out of last 30 hrs.?
4. Overall GPA at least 2.00 (2.50 for Certification Students)?
5. University Studies Met?
6. Major (plus support if applicable) Course Requirements Met?
7. Major GPA is at least 2.00 (2.50 for Certification Students)?
8. Major Required courses have C's or better?
9. At least 6 hours are advanced in Major?
10. All Certification Requirements Met? (Internship/Residency/Etc.)
11. 2nd Major (plus support if applicable) Course Requirements Met?
12. 2nd Major GPA is at least 2.00 (2.50 for Certification Students)?
13. Minor (plus support if applicable) Requirements Met?
14. Minor GPA is at least 2.00 (2.50 for Certification Students)?
15. Junior Level Essay Met?
16. Senior Level Check Met (minimum 60 hrs.)?
17. Advanced Hour Check Met?
18. 24 Advanced Hours taken at TAMU-Commerce?
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