Classroom observations are an integral part of Preservice classes. Candidates have frequent opportunities to observe instruction in content area classrooms (Math and Science), elementary (Multiple Subject), or Special Education (Mild/Moderate Education Specialist).
Classroom observations provide models of:
- Instructional strategies and delivery of content
- Classroom management techniques
- Participation structures
- Questioning techniques
- Classroom culture and relationships
- Classroom organization and procedures
- Differentiated instruction to meet needs of diverse students
Field experience allows candidates to observe research-based instructional practices in authentic contexts. Observations in a variety of classrooms (with different instructors) provide candidates an opportunity to begin to develop a personal perspective on teaching and learning. Candidates will document their observations, discuss their findings, and make connections between theory and practice.
The planned sequence of coursework and field experience/classroom observations are designed to ensure candidates have a strong foundation for their first assignment as the teacher of record.