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FE1 (Phys. Ed. ONLY)

A note on workload: The schedule, tasks, progression, and target workload percents are all general recommendations, based on the conditions of the particular placement. They should be followed as is possible and appropriate to the placement; however, they are not strict requirements. Variation and discrepancy may occur based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: the CT’s workload, the Student Teacher’s ability and readiness to take on a given workload, the school/class schedule, and the placement’s overlap with the CT’s current unit planning. It is always best for all parties (Student Teacher, CT, Supervisor) to discuss workload when there are changes made and/or if there are concerns. In general, the workload should not be substantially less than recommended but may be increased, if agreed upon by all parties.

In 1st Field Experience, Student Teachers are introduced to the Kindergarten & Elementary school context. Student Teachers, often in pairs, will progress from participant observation in the classroom to undertaking, with help from the Co-operating Teacher, some co-planning for teaching and some team teaching of lessons or part of lessons with their peer. Student Teachers in 1st Field Experience have taken an initial methodology course focusing on the QEP competency-based approach to teaching and learning and classroom management as well as several skills courses. The Co-operating Teacher and Field Supervisor will work together to provide robust support and feedback to the Student Teacher. The recommended progression of tasks and workload assignment as well as the assessment schedule are as follows:

Weekly Check-in:

The Field Supervisor will check-in with the Co-operating Teacher on a weekly basis (either by telephone, e-mail or in-person) in order to ascertain how the Student Teacher is performing and if there are any issues to be addressed. While this is an informal exchange, it has an important purpose and is successful when there is thoughtful and frank dialogue. Check-ins need not be lengthy. No written report is required, although the Field Supervisor should take note of when/how the check-in occurred and any salient points. Check-ins do not interfere with you contacting the Field Supervisor at any time should you need to discuss matters pertaining to the Student Teacher.

Week

Overview

Placement

Preparation

Tasks

  • Review ISA Student Teaching e-Handbook
  • Take note of your Placement Coordinator name and contact info
  • Take note of placement details, including school address, Co-operating Teacher name and email (available 1-2 weeks before placement, after you have completed the online briefing)
  • Reach out to CT for introduction and to request information about their grade level(s) and what topics they are currently covering or expecting to cover during your time together
  • Research school and school board for your knowledge, including their Mission and Policies
  • Research travel time and route required to commute to/from host school
  • Review workload and assessment schedule required for FE1 (see below)
  • Complete your Student Teacher Profile, to be shared with your Field Supervisor and Co-operating Teacher on your first day

Week 1

Tasks/Workload

  • Review Student Teacher Profile and expectations for FE1 with the Co-operating Teacher and Field Supervisor (e.g. at Introductory Meeting)
  • Become oriented to the school, its routines and functions through observation 
  • Participate in school activities and events 
  • Assist with supervision duties within and outside the classroom 
  • Become familiar with classroom routines and implement some of them (e.g. take attendance, make announcements, etc.) 
  • Assist with the preparation, collation, and distribution of student resource materials, and prepare materials for students 
  • Engage in some limited work with individual students or small groups of students 

Assessment

  • Introductory Meeting (Student Teacher, Co-operating Teacher, Field Supervisor)
  • Formative Assessment 1 (CT only)

Week 2

Tasks/Workload

  • Participate in school activities and events 
  • Assist with supervision duties within and outside the classroom
  • Team teach with the Co-operating Teacher 

Assessment

Week 3

Tasks/Workload

  • Participate in school activities and events
  • Assist with supervision duties within and outside the classroom
  • Select, plan and teach some lessons with the Co-operating Teacher and partner
  • Student Teacher creates FE1 Action Plan, in consultation with CT and Supervisor

Assessment

  • Formative Assessment 2 (SV only) 
  • Summative Report (jointly) *SUBMIT TO ISA*
    • Summatives can be written in the final week but should not be submitted until the student teacher's final day in the field!
  • FE1 Action Plan (to be used in FE2)
    • Student Teachers are welcome and encouraged to use their placement's evaluations/assessments/reports and Professional Seminar self-assessment to inform the creation of their Action Plan; however, the PS self-assessment does NOT need to be submitted to the CT or Supervisor!

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