These students generally have little or no experience in schools. They may need a little more guidance in knowing what to do in the class. They are enthusiastic (finally in their education classes!), but a little ignorant of what they should be doing. As the cooperating teacher, you should be saying, "You're new; let me help you find your way."
What grades are used for this practicum?
What is the goal of the practicum?
What is the focus?
When does the practicum meet?
Note: teachers may request a student for multiple days thereby working with a number of different JMU students. However, only one student is assigned to a teacher for a particular day. We request that practicum students NOT be placed in classrooms where a teacher will be working with a student teacher.
Who are the students?
What additional JMU courses are they taking?
What assignments do students typically need to carry out in the classroom?
What are the expectations for those involved?
JMU Practicum Student
Provide multiple opportunities for the student to observe the teacher planning, instructing, and reflecting on his/her lessons
Talk to the student about issues of planning, instruction, assessment, and completing responsibilities of teaching
Send information home to the parents about the JMU practicum student and his/her permission slip to find a case study student
Allow the student time to observe and interact with his/her case study student to gather data
Give the student a chance to teach 1-on-1 sessions, small groups, and whole class as you see she/he is ready to take new challenges
Observe one lesson and provide written feedback
Complete a mid-term and final evaluation for the practicum student
Follow all of the policies and procedures established in the Handbook for practicum
Communicate within the first two weeks exactly what assignments must be carried out in the practicum classroom.
Work with the cooperating teacher to develop a schedule for completing the ELED assignments.
Consult with the teacher about teaching responsibilities you can assume while in his/her class; going above the few assignments required for your ELED classes.
Contact the 311 seminar instructor if questions or concerns arise.
Show enthusiasm, initiative, and a desire to be in the class at all times
Return completed evaluations to your seminar leader.
Visit the classrooms twice during the semester. JMU practicum students do not need to be observed teaching; instead, the supervisor takes note of the dispositions displayed by the practicum student. The supervisor consults with the cooperating teacher regarding the attitudes and competence the JMU practicum student exhibits.
Communicate immediately with the ELED coordinator if any problems and/or concerns arise.
GENERAL PRACTICUM DOCUMENTS
Elementary Education Program
ELED 311 DOCUMENTS