FIELDWORK EXPERIENCES

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In order to be certified you will need to have completed several fieldwork experiences in addition to your student teaching. While in each placement, you should be involved in a variety of experiences. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Work one on one with one student.
  • Review assignments with the entire class.
  • Volunteer to read aloud, share a science experiment, grade exams, anything that you feel comfortable doing. Get involved and take the initiative.
  • Communicate with your cooperating teacher. Try to find some time to talk and ask questions. Try emailing.
  • Ask the teacher how they handle distracted students, behavioral problems, calling out, answering individual questions and handling paper work.
  • Work with academically and culturally diverse students.
    Be reflective. Keep a small notebook and reflect on what you are doing and why. Reflection encourages growth. Record your thoughts, feelings or ideas for your future classroom.
  • Develop your observational skills. Learn the names of all of the students. Try to become aware of what is going on in the classroom at all times. Know what each student is doing, where they are, even those who are out of the room. Observe what happens during various drills, such as fire, safety and lock down. What are the responsibilities of the teacher during these times?
  • Take some time to learn what instructional technology is used in the school. Try to incorporate this technology or other technology into your teaching.
  • Find your teaching voice. You will need to be clear and loud when speaking to the entire class. You will need to practice your teaching voice. How does the teacher address the students? How does she interact with students, teachers and staff members? You can learn a great deal from the classroom teacher.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If the time is not right to interrupt the teacher, jot your questions down and ask them when the time is right.
    Fieldwork can provide many terrific experiences. Make the most of them and you will be surprised how much you will learn.

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PRE-SERVICE TEACHER ETIQUETTE

  •  Remember that you are a guest in the cooperating teacher’s classroom.
  • Speak up and take the initiative, ask how you can become more involved.
  • Be positive, it is contagious!
  • Be professional and punctual. Call the school if you will miss a scheduled session or will be late to the class.
  • Be prepared. If you have volunteered to teach a lesson or read a story be sure that you are prepared with the proper materials and lesson plan.
  • Model the type of behavior you expect-respectful and considerate. Assume a professional rapport with the students.
  • Maintain classroom expectations or rules.
  • Learn by asking questions, making notes, reflecting upon teaching strategies, trying different assessment techniques, and note classroom routines and procedures.
  • Demonstrate an interest by actively participating in school activities and extra-curricular activities.
  • Seek advice if you have a problem or are uncertain of your expectations.
  • Don’t waste a minute, experience as much as you can. At the end of the required fieldwork hours be sure to take the time to say “thank you” to the teacher and principal. A follow up thank you note wouldn’t hurt.
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