EDE360C Practicum

for FA 2011

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EDE 360C Practicum


FA 2011 HOA


Dr. Shannon Cuff


Assistant Professor of Literacy Education


Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education and English
Masters in Education
Doctor of Philosophy, Literacy Education

Office Location

Watson Literacy Center, 330B

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30--1:00, Wednesday: 1:30--4:30

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Semester Dates

August 15, 2011--December 9, 2011

Class Days

Wednesday (if possible)

Class Time

An entire elementary school day


Admission to the School for Education. C - Concurrent enrollment in EDE 385 and EDE 387 or approval of Program Chair.

Credit Hours


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3.    Your student identification number

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4.    Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (carol.williams@park.edu), requesting she provide your current education professors and a academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!

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Course Description:
EDE360 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. Students must earn a "B" during the semester. Students must earn a "B" grade or higher before continuing in the practicum sequence; may be repeated. Prerequisite: Admission to the School for Education. C - Concurrent enrollment in EDE 385 and EDE 387 or approval of Program Chair. 0:2:2.

Educational Philosophy:
Teachers are catalysts for their students' learning process and educational experiences.  My goal is to work collaboratively with my students to deepen their knowledge of literacy education and facilitate their growth as educators.  Respect for one another is critical to establishing a culture and climate where all ideas may be expressed.  We will engage in conversations that challenge us to think about how to best teach every child.  Teachers must strive to work with the whole individual and provide authentic learning opportunities in order to promote growth and academic success. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Observe, identify, and evaluate evidence-based best practices and theories of assessment with actual classroom use and impact on learners.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in designing and evaluating short- and long-term goals to improve learning for whole class and individual learners using formative and summative assessments learned in EDU 367, EDE 385, and EDE 387.2. Apply knowledge and skills in designing and evaluating short- and long-term goals to improve learning for whole class and individual learners using formative and summative assessments learned in EDU 367, EDE 385, and EDE 387.
  3. Use feedback from assessments that improves both teaching and learning by facilitating learners' engagement in learning inside and beyond the classroom.

Core Assessment:

Reflective Journal

Class Assessment:

It is important that no identifying information about students/parents be used in order to protect rights of privacy and confidentiality. When referring to students, please use a fictitious name or initials.

Required Forms for Practicum C

1.      Maintain a Time Sheet of your attendance, in which you record the date of each practicum session, time in and out for each session, hours completed during each session, and cumulative hours completed during the course of the practicum. The Time Sheet must be reviewed and approved by the Cooperating Teacher. Note: you MUST follow the Schedule and Attendance policy outlined in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual.   Attendance also means that you will assist your Cooperating Teacher as described in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual.

2.      Complete the Field Experience Initial Interview (from the Practicum Fieldwork Manual). You are responsible for contacting your Cooperating Teacher and scheduling an initial meeting. During this meeting, you and your Cooperating Teacher will set a schedule for regular attendance and establish an agreement as to what is expected of each other. You must submit a copy of the Field Experience Initial Interview form found in the Practicum Fieldwork Manual to your University Supervisor according to the due date listed in the Tentative Course Schedule.

3.  Complete the Student Opinion Survey of the Experience and Site (see Practicum Fieldwork Manual) and submit to your University Supervisor according to the due date listed in the Tentative Course Schedule.

Forms & Responsibilities Required of Cooperating Teacher (forms are included in Practicum Manual and/or provided in a packet presented to Cooperating Teacher at beginning of Practicum):

1.      Complete two Student Evaluation Forms, one at mid-term (i.e., approximately week 7) and the other at the end of the term (i.e., approximately week 14).

2.      Complete one Teacher Disposition Evaluation Form at the end of the term.

3.      Review and approve the student’s Time Sheet.

4.      Complete the Cooperating Teacher Opinion Survey at the end of the semester.

5.      Follow guidelines outlined in the Practicum Handbook and the Memorandum of Understanding between Park University School for Education and the School


NOTE: Attendance Record To receive a final course grade, you must submit the Log Sheet form from the Practicum Manual containing a record of all days you attended Practicum C with your cooperating teacher’s signature. This log sheet should be attached at the end of your Practicum Case Study assignment.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Your practicum schedule will largely determine when you submit assignments.  However, you are expected to submit your Post-Session Practicum Reflections no later than Sunday, midnight every week that you’re in the field.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Follow the guidelines and standards presented in the Practicum Manual.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. Post-Session Practicum Reflections (PSPR)/Journal This assignment should combine both reading and math sessions.

Make connections between your reading and math classes and the practicum setting. You are to use the Post-Session Practicum Reflections (PSPR) form to create a journal. It is designed to give you an objective format for observations and instruction in a balanced and productive way. You are to record and objectively reflect on at least 10 practicum sessions at your assigned site(s). “Sessions” can include any reading and math instructional activity you observe in the classroom and/or anything you try with a small group or the whole class of students related to reading and math instruction.  Copies of your PSPRs must be submitted at the end of every week by Sunday, midnight to your University Supervisor via the Doc Sharing tool in your eCompanion site for the course. These will be returned to you in a timely manner with feedback, and can be used for the core assessment in this class, the case study scrapbook. In the meantime, keep your own copy to track, reflect, and improve your instruction. 

2. Practicum Case Study Scrapbook (Core Assessment)

Using your completed Post-Session Practicum Reflection forms and additional information you’ve gathered from your school site throughout the semester (see number 3 below), analyze the entire practicum experience to evaluate the development of your knowledge and skills in assessing, diagnosing, and remediating learners’ reading and math skills.  The scrapbook is due at the beginning of Week 15.

3. Additional Practicum C Requirements 

·        Visiting at least one other class in the school: (a) list, describe, discuss what you see in terms of reading and math assessment and remedial instruction in an informal write-up (may be notes taken while observing); (b) submit informal report to university supervisor by the end of Week 10.  

      Note: Please feel free to observe more than one classroom to see reading and math assessment and instruction “in action” and/or observe math in one classroom and reading in another.

 ·         Meet and talk with at least three school personnel (e.g. special needs teachers, reading coach, principal/assistant principal) about assessment and remedial instruction of reading and math difficulties:   (a) list, describe, discuss what you learned in an informal write-up (may be notes taken during your conversation); (b) submit informal report to university supervisor by the end of Week 10.

·        Design and teach at least two lessons, one reading and one math: (a) consult with cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and the EDE 385 or EDE 387 instructor while designing; (b) obtain feedback from cooperating teacher after implementing each lesson (teacher may write feedback, or student may take notes during verbal feedback); (c) submit to university supervisor by the end of Week 12.

·          Tutoring.  Implement the assessment and strategies you learn in EDE 385 and EDE 387 with one student in math and one student in reading.  Most likely, in order to complete your course requirements, you will also need to work with your student during math and/or reading time on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  Please work with your cooperating teacher to develop a schedule that will work for both of you.  Due dates for tutoring requirements can be found in your syllabus for EDE 385 and EDE 387.

4. Self-Assessment of Teaching Dispositions:

Complete a self-assessment of your teaching dispositions. Using the Teaching Disposition Evaluation—Students form, you are to rate your demonstration of each of the teaching dispositions.  This task is required by the School for Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and does not earn points.  The due date for this self-assessment will be determined by the director of field experiences.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Dr. Cuff reserves the right to use anti-plagiarism software to determine the authenticity of students' assignments.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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