CHILD DEV SYLLABUS
Cailotto Liberty High School
Child Development Course Description
Child Development is a career/technical course approved by UC as college-prep G elective.
TLC Child Development is a G elective that includes graded work experience at Garin Elementary School. Because we work with children in the community, TLC participants must be students in good standing and display role model behavior both in and out of school to be eligible to attend our field experience lab periods off-campus (see permission packet and conduct rubric for details).
Students will become familiar with the development of the children (prenatal through age 12) in the areas of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Theoretical implications for education and child-rearing practice will be emphasized.
Practical experience working with children will be required for the TLC sections of this course and work experience is graded.
Single-subject notebook or planner
Pens/pencils and binder paper
The Developing Child textbook
Section in binder for keeping assignments, handouts, period logs, etc.
Access to internet (at home or school/public library) to view/print/turn in assignments
Course Content Outline
Introduction to Child Development as a field of study and areas of development (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, moral).
families and parenting styles, conception/pregnancy, prenatal development, childbirth, and development during infancy (birth to age 1, first year of life).
Early childhood development: toddlers (2-3 yrs) - preschool/young children (4-6 yrs).
Middle childhood – early adolescence development (11/12+).
Grading: 60% formative assessments (classwork, projects, homework, participation); 40% summative assessments (chapter quizzes, midterms, final exams).
The grading system is weighted as follows:
Classwork = 20%
Homework = 15%
Projects/Papers = 15%
Chapter Quizzes = 20%
Exams (semester finals) = 20%
Class Participation* = 10%
*Class Participation – Class participation is graded. Students must be in class on time and participating fully in order to learn and achieve. Tardiness and off-task/distracted behavior like doing homework for other courses, sleeping, attending to personal hygiene, leaving class, personal correspondence and device use, socializing, etc. will result in loss of participation points and lower grade for course.
Tardiness/Truancy - Liberty attendance policy will be followed. When late, you must sign in and record your late arrival. Tardiness is not excused, including when students drop off belongings during passing, then leave the classroom to visit locker, friends, bathroom, etc. Students who drop in during passing, but leave and return after tardy bell are late.
Discipline – Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behavior. Students who display lack of personal responsibility or self-control should expect teacher-directed behavior management measures such as: cell phone/device confiscation, student-teacher conference, seating change, in-class behavior contract, extra enrichment assignments, refocusing interventions, etc. Chronic discipline problems will be dealt with via parent notification, communication with students' teachers/counselors/admin and support staff, discipline referral, parent-teacher conference, behavior/discipline contract and/or meeting with DEN administrator.
The expectation for behavior in class is that students will work on class assignments/projects/reading/homework/assessment prep IN CLASS daily. Students with nothing to work on will be considered "advanced" and given required "enrichment" assignments that are graded. It is never okay for students to sleep, socialize, use device, work on other coursework during classtime with the expectation that they can"do it at home." School is where we work on classwork. Students should very rarely need to work on Child Development at home, as class time is given daily to complete assignments at school.
Academic Honesty – The first incident of cheating will result in corrective consequence (opportunity to re-do the assignment for partial credit). Thereafter, incidences of ‘cheating’ will result in 0% grade for project/assignment/test. Cheating includes ALL forms of plagiarism: copying from internet, copying from print, copying work by another, sharing work with another, copying/sharing anything turned in for credit (including copying or allowing classmates to copy chapter study guides in person or by sharing packets/pics/snaps/video, etc.), submitting work created by another, file-sharing of any kind, and all forms of ‘patchwork’ plagiarism, (copying portions or changing a few key words and inserting the copied work into original work). Chronic cheating will result in formal disciplinary action (discipline referral). All written work is submitted electronically and scanned for originality. Work that is more than 20% copied/plagiarized will earn 0% score in the gradebook.
Make-up Work –
ALL absences negatively affect learning, however work missed due to excused absences can be made up.
TRUANCY = 0% recorded for classwork/homework/project/test.
Absences are verified according to ABI*.
*Please take a close look at the LHS student handbook. EXCUSED absences include things like illness, health appointments, funerals, and court appearances ONLY.
Late Work –
Assignments and homework must be turned in ON TIME or early to be eligible for full credit. Late work grading never takes priority over on time grading. Students must turn in work ON TIME to be graded promptly. Late work will be entered by the next official grading upload: mid-Q progress report, quarter grade, semester grade.
Classwork, homework, projects, Do Now notebooks turned in late will lose points. Late work must be submitted BEFORE THE PUBLISHED, QUARTLY LATE WORK DEADLINE to earn any credit. Since most assignments are submitted online students have 2-3 WEEKS to submit, absence on a due date does not automatically grant more time to complete and submit late for full credit. Likewise, being absent on the published quarterly late work deadline does not grant more time to turn in late work for credit that is already LATE!
Remind: Text or email reminders. Info for joining shared in class.
Phone: 925-634-3521 (Liberty High School). If you cannot email me directly, please call the school and communicate with your student’s DEN office. Teachers do not have office space or office hours to make confidential phone calls about student progress. I have students working in my classroom before school, during lunch, during prep period, as well as after school, which is why a private phone conversation about your student is difficult. Please make every effort to email or call the school office to ask the secretary to email me.