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EDM 360 Practicum
Wentz, C. Ann


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: EDM/S 360

COURSE TITLE:  Practicum 

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:  See Catalogue

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall 2005

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Dr. C. Ann Wentz

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Associate Professor of Education

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Copley Hall Office 213

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Tu/Th 9-11 a.m. , Monday 10-12 a.m.

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  awentz@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:

DATES OF THE TERM:  Aug.22- Dec.9

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: full day or 2 half days as set by Practicum student and cooperating teacher

CLASS SESSION TIME: full day or 2 half days as set by school day at assigned site

PREREQUISITE(S):

CREDIT HOURS:  2 hours

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: EDM/S 360 Practicum

This field experience in a classroom supports the integration of teacher knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the observation and application of classroom management, professional practices, and instructional techniques.  The student is required to be in the regular classroom a full day or 2 half days during the semester.  The practicum will be coordinated with upper level coursework..  Students must earn a “B” to continue in the program. The course will be approximately 80 hours and may include course work from other classes in the School of Education.   Course will be repeated as needed to support other courses.  0:2:2

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:   This course presents the basics of teaching in middle and secondary schools, and provides pre-service teachers with opportunities to apply those basics. Teaching is an active profession. This course offers an opportunity to be the active practioneer of effective teaching and a professional aide to the classroom teacher. 

 

 

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

On successful completion of this practicum, the learner should

  1. Demonstrate skills in communicating, observing,  and interacting effectively with secondary students, as well as with peers, cooperating teachers, administrators, parents, and others in an actual school setting.  (Relevant MOSTEP standards:  1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.2.10)  (Draft Framework:  Knowledge 9; Skills 2, 7, 9 10, 16; Dispositions 11, 12 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25)

Assessment(s):  Cooperating and Supervising teacher evaluations, Shadow Study,  and Journal writing

 

  1. Reflect through journal writing about thought processes as to planning and implementing secondary  school instruction, and using metacognitive processes to evaluate instructional practices.  (Relevant MOSTEP standards:  1.2.9)  (Framework:  Knowledge 3,4,5; Skills 8, 17, 18; Dispositions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16)

Assessment(s):  Journal entries

 

  1. Practice  fundamental teaching performance skills.  (Relevant MOSTEP 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.8, 1.2.11)  (Framework:  Knowledge 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11; Skills 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 18;  Dispositions 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12)

Assessment(s):  Attendance log, two lesson plans taught , and Cooperating and Supervising Teacher Evaluations, assignments from associated classes.

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Practicum Handbook (on Education Website).

 

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  Timely completion of assignments is required.  Late submissions of drafts, lesson plans, and all other site assignments will result in grade reduction of 25%.  Absolutely no work will be accepted after the assigned time of the final.  Any missing work/assignments will recorded as a “zero”.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

A 14 week field experience providing supervised fieldwork in the elementary classroom.  The students are required to spend one full day a week or 2 half days a week (minimum) at the designated field site.  The details of specific assignments for the block practicum are outlined in related courses and the Practicum Handbook.  The requirements of this experience must be successfully completed before enrolling in additional Practicum courses.  Evaluation forms will completed by the supervising teacher and cooperating teacher that assess the Park University student’s skills in the classroom.

 

1.       Attendance.  Consistent and Prompt attendance at the school site is very important!  Credit is earned for each day of attendance. An attendance log must be kept and signed by cooperating teacher. 

 

2.      Evaluation for each middle/secondary practicum experience.  (see  evaluation form.)  Evaluation forms are to be completed by the cooperating and supervising teacher. 

 

3.      Essential  Teacher Dispositions (see evaluation form.)  Evaluation forms are to completed by the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor.

 

4.      Teaching activities and performance indicators.  The Park University student will provide the Park University Supervisor with requested documentation of the aligned assignments for related courses and the Practicum Handbook.  The cooperating teacher will provide a signed document attesting to the completion of these activities and performance indicators ie. time sheet

 

5.      Shadow Study will be completed in the Practicum, and explained in the Strategies course. Due dates will occur in Strategies course syllabus.

 

6.      Journal will be kept in relation to the Practicum, and explained in Strategies course. Due dates will occur in Strategies course syllabus.

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

The policy on appropriate conduct as defined in the student handbook will be enforced.  Conflicts will be administered in the procedures outlined in the handbook.  The school site officials and Park University Supervisors have the right to remove/end the Practicum student’s placement in a school setting at any time.

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

 

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1-3

Aug.22- Sept 13

Park Supervisor makes assignments for students

4 -13

 

Contact Teacher and set up days for practicum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14-16

December 9

Wrap up-hand in evaluations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING PLAN:

For the 2 hour Practicum you will receive a separate grade from Strategies.

 

Attendance at the site                                                                300

Journal                                                                                     100

Shadow Study                                                              100                                                   

Cooperating Teacher Evaluation (see handbook)                       200

Supervising Teacher Evaluation  (see handbook)                       200

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions Form                                 100

 

 

In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.