EDUC 221 Short Field Binder
The Short Field Experience consists of activities and projects which provide the aspiring educator opportunities to look "inside" the classroom from the other side: that of a teacher. These activities include interviews and reflective summaries, teaching related activities, and classroom observations. All of these experiences will be organized into the Short Field Binder at the conclusion of the field experience. Each of these activities are explained in detail below.
Education 221 Short Field Experience Activities
Initial Visit with Cooperating Teacher
The initial meeting is a very important discussion concerning the cooperating teacher’s expectation of your visits to her/his classroom and how the entire short field experience will be structured.
Observation of School Culture/Climate
Using the document, “School Climate Walk”, observe your school. Complete the document. Upon completion, reflect in a 2 page paper your interpretation of the climate at your assigned school.
Interview/Observation of Student
Select a student, perhaps with the assistance of the cooperating teacher, to interview and observe in the learning environment. Use the “Student Interview Questions” handout to organize your interview/observation. It is important that you DO NOT disrupt the learning for this student. Take care to maintain confidentiality and DO NOT share this information! Please be as detailed as possible when completing this activity. Reflect (2 pages) on your selected student’s learning during the observation. What did he/she say? What else did you learn about the student?
Observation of Cooperating Teacher's Classroom
Evaluate a lesson taught by your cooperating teacher. Answer the following questions related to the teacher, students and the lesson taught.
This final report provides an overview of the field experience and summarizes what the candidate learned from engagement in professional duties, observations, interviews, discussions and other interactions with the students and educators at the host school.