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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDE 360 Practicum
FA 2008 HOZ
Bennett, Betty; Royal, Connie
Associate Professor/Director of Field Experiences
B.S in Elementary EducationM.A. in ReadingEd.Sp. in Reading
Tu/Th 9-11 a.m. Wed. 10:00-11:00, Tu/Th 3:30-4:30
Aug. 30 - Dec. 14, 2007
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Textbook: Handbook located at www.park.edu/education
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This course presents the basics of teaching in elementary schools, and provides teacher candidates with opportunities to reflect upon and apply those basics. Reflective inquiry is a key element of the course. This course requires the teacher candidates to observe a practicing teacher in a classroom and reflect upon the observations. The teacher candidates is also required to fulfill the duties that are outlined in the Practicum Handbook. It is the philosophy of this instructor that the teacher candidates at the assigned site be an active member of the classroom and demonstrates the attributes of a professional teacher.
The instructor has the following expectations of the enrollees in EDE360: 1) they are advanced, serious students with a declared commitment to elementary education, 2) they have completed all requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, and 3) they are skilled in oral and written communication.
Linkage to School for Education Conceptual Framework: The instructors will focus on the integrating the outcomes, core beliefs, and competencies into the philosophical and practical instruction in the practicum site. The course will focus upon developing educators who are Effective School Professionals, Reflective Change Agents, and Advocates for Equity and Excellence for All Learners.
In becoming the Effective School Professionals, the instructors believe that the teacher candidates should be committed to the core beliefs of Park University’s Conceptual Framework that:
· all students can learn (Core #1);
· teacher candidates should be knowledgeable in their content, educational theory, pedagogical knowledge, research, best practice, and professionalism (Core #2);
· assessment is necessary to develop and adapt instruction that meets learners’ needs and maintains their engagement (Core #3);
· collaborative problem-solving and critical inquiry is required for effective instruction and high level thinking by the students they serve (Core # 4)
· effective communication skills are vital for the teacher candidate’s development in teaching and learning that is grounded in best practice and evidence-based research and their ability to use this knowledge with the various stakeholders.
The students in EDE 360A will study and utilize various teaching strategies and problem solving techniques that support the Park University’s Core Beliefs. The instructors believe that reflection on all aspects of the teaching experience and the instruction that is interactive, hands on, and authentic is essential for the teacher candidate to develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions as defined in the Conceptual Framework and Core Beliefs. Although content area of Literacy and Social Studies will be emphasized during this experience, the instructors believe that the teacher candidate will experience all aspects of the role of a teacher in the classroom setting.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment: Social Studies Unit
Assessment: Reflective/Resource Journal, Crisis Management/ Case Study Notebook, Social Studies Unit
Assessment: Reflective/Resource Journal, Portfolio, Crisis Management/Case Study Notebook, Tests
Assessment: Reflective/Resource, Tests, Journal, Portfolio, test, and Social Studies unit
Assessment: Social Studies unit and lesson plans
Class Assessment: A 14 week field experience providing supervised fieldwork in the elementary classroom. The teacher candidates 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 full day of of the required 14 days of Practicum. An attendance log must be kept and signed by cooperating teacher. Attendance will be monitored through the school sign in procedures.
2. Evaluation for each elementary practicum experience. (see attached evaluation form.) Evaluation forms are to be completed by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor.
3. Essential Teacher Dispositions (see attached evaluation form.) Evaluation forms are to be 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.
5. A reflective journal an entry for each (14) visit at the assigned site. Topics will be assigned in EDE 359. (See core assessment). The cumulative Journal Entries Notebook will contain a final reflection and scored according to the core assessment rubric.
Grading: Reflective Journal Notebook 20% 200 pts.
Notebook 60 points
Log 60 points
Evaluation form 150 points
Disposition form 100 points
Sites visit forms (first 3 worth 50 each) 150 points
Final site visit 100 points
In addition, any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.
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”.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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 drives 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.
One - Three
Aug. 18- Sept. 15
Contact cooperating teacher and set up days for practicum.
Assignment: Reflection Journal
Work with cooperating teacher.
Assignment: Reflection Journal: Weekly, see assigned topics
Sept. 29- Nov. 24
Assignment: Reflection Journal: Weekly, see assigned topics
Dec. 1 – Dec. 12
Summary conferences with cooperating teacher,
Reflection Journal due with
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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