a student attending two classes will be required to participate in 3 discussion boards, a
student attending three classes will be required to participate in 2 discussion boards, a
student attending four classes will be required to participate in 1 discussion board, a student
attending five classes will be required to participate in 0 discussion boards.
To answer questions, go to “Discussion Board” in Canvas. All responses should be
substantial. Class discussion of the chapters assigned for each week in the Discussion Board
is a significant component of this course. The class, as a learning community, relies on this
asynchronous communication to engage in collective and individual knowledge construction.
For each Canvas Discussion Board Assignment, all students should respond at least once
weekly to the discussion board in addition to your response to the main thread questions: 1)
Please copy all the questions for the week, answer them and paste your responses into the
discussion board. 2) In addition to your response to the main thread questions, please
respond substantially at least once for the week in addition to your main thread posting to at
least one classmate in your response. All responses will be made on the discussion board.
Spelling and grammar will be factored into your grade. The instructor will provide you with
feedback under Assignments. Substantive postings are those that respond to a question in a
way that clearly supports a position, offers a contrasting or divergent point of view, begins a
new topic, clarifies a point already made, or adds to the existing discussion by critically
reflecting on what’s been said or moves the discussion in another direction. Agreeing with
someone else is not a substantive posting. Students need to first post a response to all of the
questions from the main stem, then post in response to other students' postings. Early
postings lay the ground work for others to follow. Therefore, early postings receive more
weight than later postings. Students with sustained activity throughout the discussion forum
will receive more credit than those who post everything on one date.
Note: Given this is a blended course, discussion board activity is vital to the class flow.
Students are expected to post discussion board thread and responses by the due dates listed
on this syllabus. Each Discussion Board Forum will close on the deadline listed.
*Do not submit as attachments, just submit responses.
“Discussion Board Assignment Assignment 1”- Due September 1
1. Do you believe teachers make a difference? What examples from your own education might
support this view? Examples should be different than your classmates who posted before you.
2. Why is it important for teachers to develop the habit of making decisions that are research-
based and data-driven? Provide an example to support your response. Example should be different
than your classmates who posted before you.
3. How does language develop during the school years and what happens if children are learning
two languages at once? Provide an example of a child that you observed who was learning two
languages at once and describe your observations. Example should be different than your
classmates who posted before you.
4. What are the similarities and differences between Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories of cognitive
development? Give a brief example of how an aspect of your development fit one of these two
theories. Example should be different than your classmates who posted before you.
“Discussion Board Assignment Assignment 2 - Due September 8
1. What are the Erickson’s stages of development? What are the implications of his theory of
2. What are Kohlberg’s states of moral reasoning? Provide a brief example that demonstrates your
understanding of at least one of Kohlberg's stages. Example should be different than your
classmates who posted before you.