This course provides candidates with an opportunity to apply their expertise in curriculum design, instructional strategies, classroom management, and assessment to a K–6 educational setting. Mixing field observation experiences and full-time teaching, candidates utilize standards-based educational theories and practices daily in real-life teaching and learning environments.
In the course project, Student Teaching Portfolio Project I: Developing Effective Instructional Practices, each JIU teacher candidate develops a professional teaching portfolio. Components that make up the portfolio provide evidence of the teacher candidate's ability to (1) develop lesson plans that address diverse student needs; (2) utilize formal and informal assessments to measure and monitor student performance; (3) utilize effective classroom management and student engagement strategies; (4) exhibit professional and ethical practice that is responsive to evolving issues and environments; and (5) collaborate with school-based teams and parents to identify, address, and promote student achievement. The project is a key assessment for candidates in the MEd in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: Teacher Licensure program and it is designed to demonstrate mastery of Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) professional standards. Candidates in this program also complete the following key assessments:
- Developing effective lesson plans, which involves creating lesson plans using the JIU Lesson Plan Protocol to be implemented in the classroom
- K-6 Field Experience Mentor Evaluation Report, which takes the form of a field-based mentor evaluation of the JIU teacher candidate against multiple state and ACEI professional standards
- Reflective essays that involve synthesizing learning experiences from student teaching into a written document
This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K - 12 school/district setting. Specifically, candidates must complete 300 hours onsite (37.5 hours per week for 8 weeks) in an approved K-12 school-based clinical practice placement.
Course Learning Objectives
- Explain and demonstrate how student teachers engaging in supervised, professional field experiences can use reflective practices to improve their teaching.
- Create a classroom environment that includes the use of high-quality literature and materials that support the development of comprehension, personal meaning, and collaboration.
- Design and implement curriculum in order to demonstrate knowledge in specific content areas (including phonics, arts, and science) and make connections among concepts across all content areas.
- Rehearse and develop classroom practices to manage time, communications, and record keeping procedures to support and enhance student learning.
- Develop classroom practices to manage behavior and motivate students.
- Respond to the needs and experiences children bring to the classroom, including those based on culture, community, ethnicity, economics, linguistics, and innate learning abilities.
- Discuss learning exceptionalities and conditions that affect the rate and extent of student learning, and adapt instruction for all learners.
- Collaborate with other educational professionals to accomplish school, district, and state educational goals and objectives.
- Use teaching strategies, planning practices, assessment techniques, and appropriate accommodations to ensure student learning in a standards-based curriculum and communicate those plans to parents, guardians, professionals, administrators, and the community.
- Describe and apply the use of Colorado Academic Standards (or applicable state standards) in elementary curricula, especially in literacy and assessment.
- Demonstrate your professional accomplishments gained from student teaching and mastery of all course learning objectives through a portfolio project.
Candidates will be required to use a webcam in the student teaching courses. Candidates are strongly urged to purchase the Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 webcam sold through the JIU bookstore. This webcam has been selected for use because of its quality and ease of use. Using a videotape or camcorder is not acceptable.
To upload classroom videos for viewing by teaching faculty, candidates must use one of the following computer operating systems and browser versions:
- Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP (SP 2 or SP3)
- Internet Explorer 8 or newer
- Firefox 4 or newer
- Mac OS 10.5.7 or newer
- Firefox 4 or newer
- Safari 4 or newer
Candidates must download and install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin from: