TEP Practicum A: Focus on the Classroom   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 PO Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

ED 320 - TEP Practicum A: Focus on the Classroom

1 credit
In this class, multiple subject and special education candidates focus collaboratively on the classroom as a unit of observation, reflection, and practice. Students select an approved fieldwork site from the list provided by the department, and obtain permission from the site supervisor prior to starting their fieldwork. Students complete at least 25 hours of fieldwork at the site, observing and participating in teaching and learning activities. Students keep a journal for reference during in-class interactions. Students also use this fieldwork setting as a place to practice what they are learning in other courses. Topics in this class include the structure and dynamics of the classroom environment; the organization of routines, procedures, and transitions; the classroom management plan; what works for which children and whether some children are regularly marginalized; the schedules for days and weeks; and paraprofessional and parent participation. This course is the first of a 3-part fieldwork series, which must be completed in sequence. The whole series meets the fieldwork requirement for the Human Development BA.