The UBC Teacher Education Elementary Practicum is made up of three separate courses. EDUC315, 321, & 418 Please see below for expectations and information about each of these courses.

A. EDUC 315 FALL – Thursday School Visits and 2 Week practicum below

B. EDUC 321 WINTER – Thursday School Visits scroll down

C. EDUC418 SPRING – Extended Practicum scroll to bottom

D. Links to UBC TEO practicum resources and guidelines bottom of page

A. EDUC315 School Orientation Practicum VisitsLAST Thursday in schools prior to the break is December 11th, 2014
Post-2week Practicum Guidelines*updated Nov.20*

  1. FORMS:
  2. Guidelines and recommendations:
    • The focus is once again on active observation and learning through the modelling of your SA and through some brief opportunities to lead the class (ie class routines, short read alouds/novel chapters, greeting and dismissing students, supporting transitions – lining them up and walking them to music, etc)
    • You may visit other classrooms for short periods of time during Thursday visits – in consultation with your SA.
    • The focus of the remaining Thursday visits is not on planning sequences of lessons or Units to be led during Thursday visits. However, this can be negotiated between the TC and SA where the following guidelines are observed:  Planning should be an ‘at practicum school’ activity – it is not to interfere with UBC course work (however, plans created for UBC course work may be used in practicum in consultation with SA and when/where appropriate). All plans need to be shared at least 24 hours in advance of teaching with the SA and FA. If at any time planning for practicum seems to be impacting UBC school work, I will strongly recommend changes… please note that in the new year, the workload increases as TC’s prepare for not only regular coursework/assignments and readings but also begin planning for the extended practicum. see ‘expectations for EDUC321 below’
    • UBC school work should not be being completed on Thursday practicum visits (except where/if it relates to the practicum observation). TC’s will not plan or work during practicum class time (unless this is prep time). Planning can happen during a prep time, before or after school on Thursdays… remember, practicum days begin at 8:00am and do not end until approx 4:00pm (they aren’t bell to bell).
    • TC’s and SA’s should have regular, ongoing discussions about what the TC observes and any questions they have as well as any insights or questions/concerns the SA has. In particular, TC’s should begin developing a sense of some of the individual needs in the class – having the TC support the SA in the class by pulling students aside to read/conference with them and complete a performance standard or other assessment can benefit the TC as well as the SA! SA’s might consider beginning to include the TC in the evaluative process. TC’s will begin an Assessment and Eval class following the break which should help connect to theory what they are learning from you.
    • All previous practicum expectations apply re: professionalism, conduct, communication etc. Do not hesitate to ask if you are unsure of any situation or question as it arises! Also remember that the above are requirements of successful completion of the required course – EDUC315.
  3. Reflection Assignment: As discussed in cohort time, TC’s will work with their ‘grade group’ to reflect and respond to reflections. We have four Thursdays left so, during this time:
    • each individual should post at least 3 personal reflections to his/her own blog.
    • Each person should read and interact with/respond to the reflections of each member of their grade group at least once during this period.
    • Each person in the group will receive a response from each other person in the group to at least one of their reflections on their personal blog during this time. NB: if questions are asked, please ensure you get back to ‘answer’ them.
    • Consider using the What? So What? Now What? framework to focus your reflections and ensure they are critically reflective and support improved practice and deeper understanding.
  4. A note that Winter Break is a much needed BREAK!

Two-Week Expectations (October 27 – November 7th 2014)*updated Oct19,Nov2*

  1. Expectations and Guidelines: Teach 20% (about 1 hr per day avg) during the second week. Lead up to this during the first week by observing routines, taking notes, supporting individuals and small groups and taking on teaching an activity or two (ie LLED Read Aloud Lesson, Pechakucha, other). Be a supportive, active observer.
  2. Forms:
    1. Written Observations – your SA will do one or two written observations. Please ensure I receive a copy of each by email. I will do one written observation and will ensure you and your SA both receive a copy. FORM-Anecdotal-Report-11.
  3. Assignments (required):
    1. TEO – Video Taped observation – please ask your SA (or a student) to video tape you for a 5-10 minute teaching segment. Try to upload this to CLAS and add annotations (as mentioned in email, login with CWL and watch the tutorial. If you are unsuccessful with the upload, get help when you return to campus from me or Jenny – When you are successful with this process, please email me and I’ll go in and annotate as well! DUE ASAP
    2. LLED 353 –  Read Aloud Assignment – complete plan and implement where possible on practicum
    3. EPSE 308 – Observation form assignment – complete while on practicum
    4. Shared Blog Reflections: At the beginning of each of the two weeks, I will post a new topic  to our shared cohort blog (I will categorize the post as “Practicum Reflections”).  Add a comment to these posts by mid-week and also try to ‘continue’ the conversation by commenting on the ideas of a colleague within the post later in the week.
    5. Personal Blog Reflections: At least once over the two weeks, make a posting to your personal blog space about your experiences. Try to focus on a particular issue or topic in this post and elaborate as you develop your understanding. *I am limiting this to one to enable you to complete your Observation Assignment for EPSE
  4. Lesson Plans: You need to always have a written plan when teaching. At this stage, these don’t have to be ‘formal’ lesson plans but should have some structure that helps you teach. These may be lessons you’ve taken from a reputable teaching resource that your SA has recommended and you have considered and modified for the needs of the class. You must ensure all lesson plans are shared with your SA and with me at least 24 hours prior to teaching for feedback. You should also ‘informally’ (or more formally depending on your own personal needs) consider and reflect on each lesson you teach: Engage in some post-discussion with your SA, make notes on the plan itself for future reference, think about it critically (and also celebrate the positives!!), blog about it, etc. NB: lesson planning for ‘practicum’ is a practical endeavour in which you are constantly revising, reconsidering and learning – a truly formative activity. Individual plans are not pass/fail in nature… its a work in progress! If you have any questions or need advice or help finding resources or ideas, please see me! Some templates available here.


B. EDUC 321 WINTER Thursday School Visits begin January 8th, 2015. Last Thursday Visit March 5th, 2015 *   (TC’s not in schools – Jan. 15 (CFE partner day), Feb.26 (HR seminar on campus, cohort time) March 12 (Seminars, cohort time/workshops/planning), March 19 (Extended Practicum Seminar/cohort time), March 26 (UBC Bed Spring Break). Jan – March Practicum Calendar: EDUC321 Calendar 2015

*updated Nov.20*

  1. FORMS (to be submitted to FA prior to spring break)
    1. Teaching Plan –Teaching-Plan-418-419-495(9) (list of the subjects/unit topics you’ll teach in your extended practicum) draft submitted during planning meetings beginning Jan. 28th – resubmit as it is updated/finalized please.
    2. SA will complete EDUC-321-323-Feedback-Form1 and submit by March 5th
    3. SA and FA will each complete a minimum of one formal written observation (submit to TC and FA)
    4. SA and TC will review theFORM-Performance-Checklistas a goal setting tool prior to Spring Break
    5. TC will complete with SA and FA the more detailed timeline for teaching – Overview-of-Teaching-Spring-20151(6)TC to review with Yvonne during a planning meeting in February (by Feb. 26th)
  2. Guidelines and Expectations: As per Thursday school visit information above
    • The focus is on active observation, connecting with students, learning about students and learning through SA modelling and reinforcement
    • The focus is not on planning sequences of lessons or Units to be led during Thursday visits although the planning and teaching of some activities, lesson segments, leading routines etc is expected.
    • Any teaching done on practicum requires a plan and all plans must be submitted at least 24hours in advance of teaching to the SA and FA. NB: where needed, an interim report will be developed to support TC’s in meeting this requirement.
  3. Planning for Extended Practicum:
    • TC’s will begin to plan for the extended practicum during this time. SA’s and TC’s will need to begin discussing foci for term 3 – learning outcomes/themes etc. It is understood that particular learning outcomes likely will shift, but for the TC to have an early idea of the overarching goals and themes for term 3 will support them as they create unit plans for course assignments. They will also create unit plans outside of course assignments. During EDUC321, the FA, SA and TC will engage in conversations about these plans to support the planning process. All plans will be shared between the triad in advance of teaching. Please see Planning pages in our blog for some templates you may use if you wish.
    • TC’s will consult with their SA and complete the  Teaching-Plan-418-419-495 (outlining Units the TC is responsible for). A draft copy of this form will be submitted to the FA by Jan. 28th. Revisions can be resubmitted as needed (or consider uploading this form to google docs and sharing it with me early during 321 – ensure you title it with your name).It is recommended that the TC and SA begin completing the form as decisions about planning are made.
    • A ‘schedule of teaching for extended practicum‘ will be completed during EDUC321. This schedule will lay out your teaching responsibilities (by percentage and subject area) over the ten week period. There are specific UBC guidelines for the ‘lead up’ to full load that we will discuss together during cohort time prior to any need for the schedule to be completed. The form: Overview-of-Teaching-Spring-20151(6) draft by Feb. 26th
  4. Reflection Assignments (other assignments?)
    • to be discussed and determined with the cohort. NB – please make your FA (me!) aware of any assignments that are impacting practicum so that we can include these here for ease of access and to support everyone being ‘on the same page’.
    • LLED351 – collect samples of student writing for an in-class assignment during the first week or two of practicum
    • EDCP440 –There will be an opportunity to ‘test out’ a problem in your practicum classroom. You should discuss this early with your SA. Potential dates for testing the math problem (also noted in the calendar) Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb.

Specific Expectations for TC’s

Teacher Candidates will:
  • Continue to develop a working relationship with the school advisor
  • Build relationships with students, school staff and administration
  • Engage in daily teaching activities – Assist with instruction and support
  • Be prepared to teach at least 2 or 3 activities, lesson segments, lessons during term 2 and ensure all plans are shared with your SA and FA at least 24 hours prior to teaching.  Both advisors are required to complete a formal observation during the practicum
  • Enquire about assigned units/themes for the Extended Practicum
  • Complete and submit a “Teaching Plan Overview” for EDUC 418/419 in early February; this document simply highlights the Units/Topics the teacher candidate will teach during the 10-week practicum
  • Unit overviews & lessons – Consult with your cohort colleagues to determine the expectations and timelines for Unit Overviews and Lesson Plans.  Please remember the last day to include the school advisor in this process is March 5th.

C. EDUC 418 Spring – Ten Week Extended Practicum begins March 30th, 2015

  1. Forms
    1. FORM-Performance-Checklist – to be completed individual by SA , by TC and by FA prior to the mid-point conference – this will inform our mid-point evaluation/report.
    2. Mid-Point Report – to be completed together. PLEASE do not complete this form. We will complete it together during our meeting.
    3. FORM-Performance-Checklist – to be completed by SA and by FA prior to the final report conference
    4. TC’s will complete a ‘feedback’ for final report form on google docs during EDUC418 – Sample form here
    5. Final Report – FA and SA will complete a final report – collaboratively or independently – to be discussed/determined during EDUC418
  2. Observations
    • Additional recommended forms will be uploaded prior to extended practicum
    • Generally, one written observation per week by SA and one or two every two weeks by FA
  3.  Guidelines, Expectations and Planning:
    • The 10-Week-Planning-Guide gives you a week by  week view of the extended practicum.
    • Any teaching done on practicum requires a plan and all plans must be submitted at least 24hours in advance of teaching to the SA and FA. Unit plans will be submitted at least 1 week in advance with the first lesson plan ready as a sample. These plans will be complete formal lesson plans including all necessary components – see sample templates. NB: where needed, an interim report will be developed to support TC’s in meeting planning requirements. At the midpoint, we will look on a case by case basis at future planning needs and expectations. These will vary just as your context, your progress and your needs are unique.
  4. Reflection Assignment
    • To be determined collaboratively with cohort prior to extended practicum

D. Please also visit the links below for more detailed info.

Rod’s Blog – Elementary/Middle Years Blog

School Advisor Resource Blog (Rod’s blog for SA’s)

UBC Program/TEO Practicum Guidelines

UBC TEO (Teacher Education Office)

PLTech Calendar_2014Fall      MY-IB Calendar_Fall

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *