- August 11, 2018 at 8:37 PM #51372
We want to revive and revise our student teaching elective for high school students. In the past we gave our student teachers a class and a subject to teach and they were responsible to see that it happened. What had started out well became more of a problem than a help and so the elective was dropped for several years. Now we want to bring it back with a new form and are looking for ideas. Our goal is to give interested students a foundation they can use if they become teachers after they graduate.
If you have a student teaching program in your school how do you implement it? What are the students in the program doing? Are they getting into the elementary classrooms? What do they do there? How much time are they spending in a classroom? Are they doing any class work about teaching? If so, what are they using?
Tell me about your program and what has worked for you. Let me know about pitfalls that you’ve found.
- August 13, 2018 at 10:05 AM #51390
We have a student teaching program at Berea. It is a one credit course for juniors and seniors. Students are not assigned a subject but an elementary classroom, and switches between teachers each six weeks. The teacher involves them in many areas of the classroom; teaching, grading, supervising recess, observing.
The largest portion of their grade is determined by the supervising teacher with the remaining portion coming from a research paper and book reports.
For a longer explaination of this credit I suggest listening to Developing Tomorrow’s Teachers by Ken Ranck. It is available on the Dock.
- August 18, 2018 at 11:04 PM #51599
Thanks, Travis. Do you know what topic the research paper is to be about, or the books for the book reports?
- August 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM #51603
For a number of years we have had high schoolers involved in helping with grade school classes. Some of this is simply helping with checking, correcting, and doing other odd jobs. But there is also the option of teaching a class, such as a math class. Twice in the last three years this kind of arrangement has resulted in the “senior – turned graduate” then being hired part time the following year.
We also intentionally work toward having older elementary students helping out in younger grades as much as possible. This is usually doing small projects for the teacher, checking fact sheets, helping with corrections, etc. I think this kind of interaction between students of differing ages is a worthwhile endeavor.
- August 20, 2018 at 7:14 AM #51604
The research paper’s basic topic is “Principals of Christian Education,” but students have also choosen their own topics within the general idea of education as well.
The books are a variety they can chiose from and includes many of the boooks suggested to beginning teachers: First Days of School, Elements of Teaching, The Handbook for Creative Teaching, The Seven Laws of the Learner, etc. There are a few stories I like them to choose from that illustrate the power of a teacher: Good Morning Miss Dove, The Thread That Runs so True, and Thank You Mr. Falker.
- August 25, 2018 at 12:37 PM #51634
We have often had high school students scheduled to spend a couple half hours per week helping in one of the lower grade rooms as aides. This is not something they get credit for, but simply a good thing.
A number of seniors over the years have taken a student teaching elective; it is somewhat tailored for the individual and situation depending on the configuration of student body, staff, and other parameters of that given year. Last year, a senior taught the Bible class in the grade 1 & 2 classroom, with the regular teacher present. She also worked her way through most of the “Handbook for Creative Teaching,” with written responses to a set of questions. I’ll post those questions elsewhere on the Dock eventually. They are simply a way to help the aspiring teacher to actively engage the content of the book.
- August 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM #51636
Thanks everyone for your help.
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