When I do not know myself, I cannot know who my students are. I will see them     through a glass darkly, in the shadows of my unexamined life—and when I cannot see them clearly, I cannot teach them well.  —Parker J. Palmer (1998)

The emphasis of ED100 is on the teacher as a self-reflective practitioner. The course presents an introduction to critical issues in education including the person as a teacher, criteria for effective teaching, and effective school settings. Class and individual field experiences in local schools are included. ED100 is a prerequisite for admission to teacher education.

This course is meeting in person

Class meeting time: Thursday: 8:00am- 10:30

Location: OC 211

Professor David Shutkin

  • Tel. 216-313-2872
  • dshutkin@jcu.edu
  • Office: AD304
  • Office Hours | T/R 11:00am-12:00pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment


ED100 – Introduction to Education online syllabus and website |


Required Text

The New Teacher Book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. Edited By Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Bob Peterson, Moé Yonamine. Publication Date: March 8, 2019. ISBN: 9780942961034. 3rd edition.

To purchase the New Teacher Book directly from Rethinking Schools, please follow this link.

ED100 Course Goals

  • Provide an overview of education as a field of study
  • Provide an overview of JCU Teacher Education Program
  • Self-assess personal, professional career goals

ED100 Learning Outcomes

  • Personal Philosophy of Education – Through reflection, analysis and synthesis of research, blog entries, course readings, and discussions, write essays expressing your beliefs about education.
  • Course WebLog –  Maintain a weblog to further your reflective and analytical abilities in the context of the field of education.
  • FieldBlog – Following each classroom visit to observe learning activities with children, document your experiences and observations in a written FieldBlog.
  • Clinical Teaching Experience –  With your learning circle, plan and engage the class in a series of learning experiences.

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