Classroom observations are an integral part of Preservice classes. Candidates have frequent opportunities to observe instruction in content area classrooms (Math and Science) or elementary (Multiple Subject).
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.