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Legendary Teacher Traits
EEND and MSED-725

  • Template 2019
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 02/06/2019 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 07/19/2020

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Legendary teaching is a life long journey that requires an understanding of oneself, a constant refining of instructional skills and practices, and an ongoing quest for information to enhance knowledge. Candidates will learn how to implement effective instructional strategies intended to enrich the classroom environment and promote positive social emotional growth among students. Research-based instructional practices and professional educational philosophies will be explored.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.


Candidates will develop high expectations for student achievement.


Candidates will become advocates for the development of strong school, community, and family partnerships.


Candidates will strive for excellence in teaching, leadership, and service.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate research-based instructional strategies that legendary teachers use to inspire student learning. (InTASC 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  2. Utilize legendary classroom management strategies. (InTASC 2, 3, 8)
  3. Demonstrate communication techniques that legendary teachers use to communicate with the educational community. (InTASC 9, 10)
  4. Demonstrate reflective professional behaviors. (InTASC 9, 10)
  5. Identify the characteristics of legendary teachers. (InTASC 4, 5, 8, 9, 10)
  6. Describe how legendary teachers have overcome negativity. (InTASC 9, 10)


T. Whitaker. (2020).  What great teachers do differently:  Nineteen things that matter most.  3rd ed.


Reflection Discussions

Candidates will participate in discussion topics related to characteristics of legendary teachers and the impact they can have upon student achievement.

  • Course Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Standards: InTASC 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Lesson Plan and Reflection Assignments

Candidates will create content lesson plans implementing new instructional strategies and reflect upon how the lesson design enhances student achievement and addresses social – emotional learning.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 4
  • Standards:  InTASC 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Test Taking Project

Candidates will utilize assessment data and effective communication skills to share student achievement and strategies to increase student learning..

  • Course Outcomes: 3
  • Standards: InTASC 9, 10

Final Reflection

Candidates will reflect on their professional growth and understanding of exemplary teaching.  Candidates will identify at least two new skills and/or insights gained and the impact they will have upon student achievement.

  • Course Outcomes: 4
  • Standards: InTASC 9, 10


The percentages noted in the Grading Scale will be used and equated to a final grade. Scoring rubrics for discussions, assignments, and final project (if applicable) will be provided in Canvas or on limited occasions, by the instructor as a handout.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Discussion Assignments 35 points

7 discussions @ 5 points each = 35 points

Assignment #1: Lesson Plan and Reflection 35 points
Assignment #2: Lesson Plan and Reflection 35 points
Assignment #3: Test Taking Project 30 points
Final Reflection Assignment 65 points



Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 100 - 93%
B 92 - 85%
C 84 - 77%
F 76 - 0%

Course Policies

Policies for the College of Education at University of St. Francis

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  • Method of Instruction
  • Expectations of Candidates
  • Online Courses
  • Attendance Policies for Site-Based and Online Courses
  • Minimum Standards for Writing
  • Computer and Digital Information Literacy Skills

Course Evaluations | Surveys

Information gathered through course evaluations and surveys is an important part of maintaining quality and continuous improvement in courses, and it is the University’s expectation that students will thoughtfully participate in this evaluation process.

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Notice of Copyright

This course may contain copyrighted materials that are intended to support the learning experiences of students currently enrolled in the course. No student may retain or further disseminate any copyrighted materials, in their entirety or any portion thereof, under penalty of law.

Technology Support

  1. The Department of Academic Technology (DAT) administers the learning management system Canvas. If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support, including:
  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day 7 days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu, select Chat with Canvas Support for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session,
  2. select Report a Problem to send an email support request, or speak to someone directly by using the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline.

NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email-based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.

2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at LearnItNow

3. Telephone Support from DAT. You can also phone the Department of Academic Technology for personal help at (815) 740-5080 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, please contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via: