MARQUETTE - Special interest courses designed to enhance teaching effectiveness in the classroom will be offered during Summer College 2002 at Northern Michigan University.

The three courses include:

-Implementing Performance-Based Instruction and Assessment (ED 596, 1 credit): Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 24-25. This course for K- 1 2 teachers will cover the essential elements of quality performance-based instruction, with emphases on experiencing quality performance tasks, utilizing existing scoring tools for performance task assessment, exploring resources for scoring tool development, and developing scoring tools for performance task assessment and evaluation. Starlin Weaver, a K-12 science educator at Salisbury University in Maryland and former public school teacher, will be the instructor.

-Integrating Economics into the K-12 Core Curriculum (ED 596, 2 credits): Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 2, 4 and 6. The course is intended to help K-12 teachers integrate economics into their general studies curriculum. The economic concepts targeted by the MEAP assessment models will specifically be covered. This course will be project-oriented. There is no economics prerequisite. Tawni Ferrarini, an NMU economics professor, will be the instructor. Her work focuses on the areas of new institutional economics and the diffusion of technological change. She is director of the Center for Economic Education at NMU, which will officially open in fall 2002.

-Robotics Technology: A Cross-Curriculum Teaching Tool (ED 596, 2 credits): Meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and Monday through Wednesday, June 17-19. This four-day course will help K- 1 2 teachers learn how to use robotics technology more effectively. Participants will come to understand how robotics is used in a real-world context and how it can be integrated into their classrooms. During this course, participants will also become programmers and builders of robots. David Buhl, mathematics and computer science professor at NMU, will be the instructor.

To register, contact the student service center at (906)227-1221. For more information on these and other Summer College courses, visit www.nmu.edu/summer.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director