In this course, participants will examine historically significant educational philosophies and pedagogies with the purpose of articulating and refining their own educational philosophies. To explore and develop authentic and effective practices and strategies they can implement in their classrooms, participants will examine how their own philosophies overlap and veer from the values reflected in The Common Core standards being implemented statewide in the 2013-2014 school year. Some of the perspectives we will examine include classical, critical, and culturally sensitive; some materials, however, will be selected based on the particular needs of the enrolled students. This class is restricted to those who are doing the "geo-far" option of CGU's Induction Program. The class format includes both synchronous and asynchronous class meetings online. Given the online format of this class, participantsí must be able to independently navigate and make use of Sakai, as well as other web tools we will use for synchronous meetings. Additional prerequisites include easy access to a computer with the latest version of Java & QuickTime; computer headphones; a microphone; and a webcamera.