Students in this practicum have had at least two others practicum experiences. They are close to having their own classroom and should demonstrate initiative in requesting many opportunities to teach and conduct the business of classrooms. As the cooperating teacher, you should be saying, "Yes, you have the mark of a beginning teacher."
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 each practicum session (M/W and T/TH) thereby working with two different JMU students. However, only one student is assigned to a teacher for a sequence. 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?
Depending on when the student is enrolled in ELED 621, the series of courses is slightly changed. Over the course of their graduate portion of the program, students take:
What assignments do students typically need to carry out in the classroom?
What are the expectations for those involved?
JMU Practicum Student
Consult and collaborate with the JMU student as she/he teaches a number of lessons. Some of those lessons will be course assignments; other lessons should emerge as the JMU student takes the initiative and asks to teach more frequently.
Provide written and oral feedback to the JMU student at the conclusion of at least one lesson.
Be willing to have the student implement his or her inquiry project in the classroom. This willingness may be reflected in allowing the student to conduct specific lessons, having the student interview and observe the cooperating teacher teach, permitting opportunities for the student to talk with students (with parental permission, of course).
Complete a mid-term and final evaluation of the practicum student.
Plan and teach a minimum of one lesson each week.
Conduct the Inquiry Project. Consult with the teacher about the inquiry project; adjust the project to reflect input from the cooperating teacher, if need be.Support and assist the cooperating teacher at all times.
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.
Show initiative by asking for additional opportunities to teach and take on more responsibilities for the operation of the class.
Consult with the teacher about the inquiry project; adjust the project to reflect input from the cooperating teacher, if need be.
Contact the 621 seminar instructor if questions or concerns arise.
Provide the cooperating teacher with a blank mid-term and final evaluation at least two weeks prior to due dates. Return the completed evaluations forms to the seminar instructor.
Visit the class at least three times and conduct two formal observations with debriefing conferences and one informal visit.
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