These students have completed one semester of education courses; they have had one full-day practicum experience in PK, K, or 1st grade. They are now taking the first of their methods courses and will be expected to teach more frequently. You should see more confidence about being in the classroom, but perhaps some hesitancy about their ability to teach lessons. As the cooperating teacher, you might be thinking, "Go ahead and try teaching this lesson; I know you haven't done it before. You'll learn from your mistakes."
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
Allow the student multiple opportunities to teach content lessons in a variety of settings (1-on1, small group, whole class)
Encourage the JMU practicum student to teach more often than the required lessons
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.
Work with your supervisor to schedule teaching observations at mutually convenient times
Contact the 411 seminar instructor if questions or concerns arise.
Show enthusiasm, initiative, and a desire to be in the class at all times
Don't wait for your teacher to assign a lesson to teach; ask for those opportunities
Return completed evaluations to your seminar leader
Visit the class at least two times and conduct one formal lesson observation with debriefing conference and one informal observation.
Communicate with the cooperating teacher about the practicum student's performance - dispositions and skills.
Contact the ELED coordinator if concerns or questions arise.
GENERAL PRACTICUM DOCUMENTS
Elementary Education Program
ELED 411 DOCUMENTS