Practicum

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.

UBC Bed Practicum Calendar-2015_update

A. EDUC 315 FALL – Cohort seminars, Thursday School Visits and 2 Week practicum

B. EDUC 321 WINTER – Cohort seminars & Thursday School Visits – Jan 7 – March 17th

C. EDUC418 SPRING – Extended practicum Calendar: Dates-of-Practicum-2015-2016

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


C. EDUC418 Extended Practicum

  1. FORMS:
    • SA  will complete a minimum of one written observation weekly.
    • FA will complete approx one written observation each 7 – 10 days.
    • SA will complete anEDUC-321-Feedback-Form1 and submit to FA/TC by March 10th
    • SA, FA and TC will independently complete  FORM-Performance-Checklist, will be reviewed & discussed at mid point meeting
    • FA and SA will complete (collaboratively or independently) a final report. TC will have an opportunity to give input and preview the document prior to the final report meeting.
  2. Planning for EDUC418
    • See PLANNING TEMPLATES and ASSESSMENT information
    • All Unit plans for the first 1/2 of practicum (and first two lesson) are to be completed and submitted before term break. All Unit plans for the second half of practicum are also to be completed and submitted prior to beginning practicum (including first lesson per plan).
    • As per prior practica, all plans must be shared in advance with FA and SA. General guideline for lesson plans is 24hours in advance. All Unit plans must be fully prepared and ready a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of teaching.
  3. Critical Reflection
    • Critical Reflections on practicum are crucial to success.
    • Please ensure at least two or three reflections are posted to your blog and explore the development of your inquiry in practice.
    • Refer to previous ‘suggested formats’ for writing critical reflections and ensure you respond to any questions or responses from your FA.
    • Other reflection may be more informal – notes on lesson and unit plans, emails to FA/SA, post-lesson discussion and debrief, journal, other…

Guidelines and Recommendations for EDUC418:

  • The TC will demonstrate continued professional attitude and demeanor with respect to all aspects of practicum including attendance, timely communication, reflective practice, acceptance and integration of feedback and meeting planning expectations. Previous expectations apply. To briefly recap:
    • TCs are expected to increasingly take on the lead role in the classroom, continue to increase teacher presence and take responsibility for all record keeping, planning, teaching, assessment, classroom organization etc. (See the 10Week Planning guide for details and a week by week suggestion)
    • TCs will prepare a written plan for all lessons he/she facilitates/leads and must share these plans in advance of teaching with the FA and SA. Where an activity is a ‘routine’ (i.e. calendar, current events, spelling), the TC should write up a brief outline including the objective and overall structure of the activity – only once. Sending a new plan each week for such an activity is not required.
    • You must arrive early for all practicum days (at least 1/2 hour before the school start time is recommended). It is strongly recommended that TCs mirror their SAs workday as appropriate. *FA & SA must be informed of any lates or absences. TCs should not leave school prior to 4pm and may not leave until all preparation for the following day is complete.
    • It is strongly recommended that the TC initiate discussion with the school Administration and request one or two practicum observations if the Principal/VP are willing/able.

B. EDUC321 School Orientation Practicum

  1. FORMS:
    • SA and FA will each complete a minimum of one written observation (this might be a full lesson the TC has designed but could also be an opportunity to observe the TC facilitating instruction of a routine, small group activity. etc)
    • SA will complete anEDUC-321-Feedback-Form1 and submit to FA/TC by March 10th
    • The FORM-Performance-Checklist, will be reviewed & discussed with FA and with SA for goal-setting purposes to prepare for EDUC 418 (extended practicum)
    • TC will complete, in consultation with SA the Teaching-Plan-418-419-495(10) and submit to FA by Feb. 4th.
    • TC will complete, in consultation with SA the  Overview-of-Teaching-Spring-2016 and submit for approval to FA by Feb. 25th
  2. Planning for EDUC418
    • Initiate conversations with your SA to support you preparing plans for the extended practicum. This is a crucial aspect of success. Share plans early and often with your SA as you develop effective unit plans (both as a part of coursework and outside of coursework). Submit “Teaching Plan” to FA by Feb. 4th
    • Consult with your FA as you prepare unit and lesson plans (specific info about planning consultation coming soon)
      • Submit the Overview-of-Teaching-Spring-2016 (week by week schedule) to your FA by Feb. 25th
    • See PLANNING TEMPLATES and ASSESSMENT information
    • All Unit plans (and first lesson or two per plan) are to be submitted before term break (March 4 target for first few units; March 11 target for next set – varies)
  3. Critical Reflection
    • Critical Reflections on practicum are to be completed and shared with your FA each week.
    • Please ensure at least one of your reflections each month is posted to your blog and explores the development of your inquiry in practice. (further reflection on your inquiry question will be completed as part of EDUC451)
    • If David is your FA, please ensure you email your reflections each week by Saturday. If Yvonne is your FA, please ensure you email or post a reflection to your blog by Sunday evening each week.
    • Refer to previous ‘suggested formats’ for writing critical reflections and ensure you respond to any questions or responses from your FA.

Guidelines and Recommendations for EDUC321:

  • The TC will demonstrate continued professional attitude and demeanor with respect to all aspects of practicum and coursework including attendance, timely communication, reflective practice, acceptance and integration of feedback and meeting planning expectations. Previous expectations for EDUC315 apply. To briefly recap:
    • TCs are encouraged to maintain and continue to increase teacher presence by actively facilitating instruction of brief activities, lessons and/or routines each week as deemed appropriate by the SA. TCs will prepare a written plan for all lessons he/she facilitates/leads and must share these plans in advance of teaching with the FA and SA. Where an activity is a ‘routine’ (i.e. calendar, current events, spelling), the TC should write up a brief outline including the objective and overall structure of the activity – only once. Sending a new plan each week for such an activity is not required.
    • You must arrive early for all practicum days (at least 1/2 hour before the school start time is recommended) and ensure you are helping your SA after class. *FA & SA must be informed of any lates or absences.
    • UBC school work will not be done on practicum; the TC will be an active observer, participant and support during all teaching time and will engage in planning before school, after school or on prep time. Similarly, practicum related activities (field trips, events, etc) are not to interfere with UBC coursework.
    • Continue to develop relationships with members of the school community – visit the staff room; participate in all school activities/meetings/etc that occur on practicum days; support extra curricular activities where possible.
  1. Important Dates –
    • Jan 7th – first Thursday back in schools; March 10th – last Thursday visit
    • On Campus/other dates: Jan 14th (CFE Partner day); Feb. 25th Cohort Seminars; March 17th Cohort Seminars
    • After School Workshop/Events dates:
      • Feb 4th Making Workshop 4pm – 5:30 Strawberry Hill Elem; Feb 11th
      • Math/Inquiry and Tech Workshop 4pm – 5:30 Peace Arch Elementary

 


 

A. EDUC315 School Orientation Practicum Visits – LAST Thursday in schools prior to the break is December 10th, 2015
Guidelines:

  1. FORMS:
  2. Guidelines and recommendations:
    • The focus is 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). During 2 week practicum, planning and facilitating lessons and routines that are co-planned or planned in consultation with SA.
    • You are encouraged to visit other classrooms for short periods of time during Thursday visits throughout EDUC315 and 321 – in consultation with your SA – but the focus is on observing your SA.
    • UBC school work should not be being completed during 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 practicum days… remember, practicum days begin at 8:00am and do not end until about 4:00pm at the earliest (they aren’t bell to bell).
    • Lesson Plans: You need to always have a written plan when teaching. For EDUC315 (including the two week practicum) these don’t have to be ‘formal’ lesson plans but should have structure that helps you teach and includes: Clearly stated objectives, materials, introduction/hook, process,  closure and, in consultation with SA, assessment and considerations for differentiation/varied learners.
      • 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.
    • The focus of the remaining Thursday visits during EDUC315 and 321 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.
    • 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.
    • Please keep in mind our practicum expectations re: professionalism, conduct, communication.  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: participate in our blog (weekly topic posted each Sunday during the two-week) and complete at least one personal reflection via email or on your blog (be sure to be cognizant of privacy if posting to your blog – when in doubt, ask and/or password protect a post).
  4. A note that Winter Break is a much needed BREAK! ;D

2-Week Practicum Nov. 2 – 13th full overview and info below:

Observations info & Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u3id56cY9QHQPQ4LcZwz6PUe8B-QaaAaNjTE-qOeBQ8/edit#

See blog post for details on the Two-Week experience and expectations.

 


D. Please also visit the links below for more detailed info, all forms and requirements.

Ginny’s Blog for TCs, SAs and FAs

Expectations and Calendar – Ginny’s Blog

UBC Program/TEO Practicum Guidelines

UBC TEO (Teacher Education Office)

EDUC 321 School Orientation Practicum Feedback

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