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.

Class meeting time: Tuesday / Thursday: 9:30-10:45

Location: Dolan E241

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.

ZOOM Resources For Students pw = WorldEd100

Zoom is a robust video conferencing application. You will need to download the application and will be instructed to do so when you first follow the link to our virtual Zoom classroom. It is a small file and the download time is minimal. While it is possible to join the virtual classroom via smart phone, I recommend using a computer with audio and video capabilities. 

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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