TEP 130 Partners At Learning (PAL)

Brief Overview:

TEP 130 is a 6 unit upper division class in which UCSD students serve as mentors to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in San Diego schools. The course fulfills upper division, noncontiguous requirements for all colleges. It also meets the significant writing, disciplinary breadth, and public service requirements for Thurgood Marshall College. TEP 130 may substitute for TEP 128A in the TEP prerequisite sequence.

All readings, lectures, discussion sections, assignments, and field placements are selected to help achieve the goals of the course:

1. to learn practical and meaningful ways to assist a child in the school setting
2. to explore the structure of schools and their roles in the community
3. to reflect on public service and its impact on individuals and communities

Course Organization:

This course is divided into several parts. There are a series of lectures and guest presentations dealing with the topics listed on the course schedule. In addition, students discuss their individual field experiences in relation to course readings and lecture presentations. Another component is the field experience in which students serve as mentors to upper elementary grade children for at least 40 hours during the quarter. At least 30 of the volunteer hours will be spent at the children’s school site.

Course Expectations:

All students are expected to:

1. regularly participate in field experience for a minimum of 40 hours with assigned child(ren)
2. maintain regular contact with the cooperating teacher, either in person or through a dialogue journal
3. complete assigned readings
4. participate in a PAL sponsored event
5. submit all written assignments in a timely manner

To Enroll:

Come to the TEP main office (ERC 517) to fill out a placement sheet.

For Further Information:

Call 534-1685 or email choltzman@ucsd.edu

See the TEP130 Syllabus