1-Letter†††††† 2-Letter of Request†††††† 3-Clock Hour Documentation††††† 4- Paper††††† 5- Rubric
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Dear C&I 104 Student,
You are enrolled in C&I 104, Introduction to Education.† As a field experience component, this course requires students to observe/shadow an elementary teacher for six consecutive hours.† (If absolutely necessary, you can arrange for two three-hour visits.) You are responsible for making arrangements for the observation and for completing the necessary paperwork.† Observing and shadowing a teacher for a full day provide an opportunity to develop an expanded understanding of what teaching is like.
It is recommended
that you make arrangements to observe/shadow a teacher in your home town
or home town area.† (Please
There are advantages to completing the six-hour requirement promptly in your home town area.
1. Observations form the foundation for upcoming course content.
2. Course requirements are met in a more relaxed time frame and familiar area.
3. You have a wider range of sites in which to do this assignment.
The observation must be in an elementary classroom (K-8).† The classroom must be a general or inclusive room.† Do not observe in a special education class or a specialty subject such as reading recovery, math resource, P.E., etc.† As you observe/shadow, record what you see on paper.† This log of data should reflect the teacherís roles and the learning environment.† Please do not use names in your log.†
Attached are the ďLetter of RequestĒ which must be signed by the school principal before entering the classroom and the ďClock Hour DocumentationĒ which must be completed by the teacher once you finish the observation. It is your responsibility to make sure these are fully completed and returned to your C&I 104 instructor.† The observation, paper, and paperwork must be completed by ________________.† Submission of your reflection paper onto LiveText must be completed by __________________.
Please carefully read each of the following pages.† If questions arise, contact your C&I 104 instructor.† We hope that you will enjoy this initial elementary education clinical field experience!†
C&I 104 Instructors
RE: Observation by _________________________________________________
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Print ISU Studentís Name)
TO: C&I 104 Instructor
†††††††††††††† †† (School Administratorís Signature)
††††††††††††††††† District Number ________
††††††††††††††††† School _______________________________________
††††††††††††††††† City _________________________________________
††††††††††††††††† State ________________________________________
††††††††††††††††† Phone Number ________________________________
††††††††††††††††† Date ________________________________________
_______Yes, we would like to participate with this studentís observation project for Curriculum and Instruction 104.
Classroom Teacher ______________________________________________________
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Print Name)
Grade Level ___________________________________________________________
††††††††††††††††††† (K-8; general or inclusive elementary classroom)
(ISU Studentís Name)
School Site ______________________________________________________________
Grade ________________________ (K-8; general or inclusive elementary classroom)
Time ___________ to ___________
Total Hours ___________________
Teacherís Social Security Number
(This number is
used by the
The purpose of the Observation/Shadow Project is to develop your understanding and knowledge of the practices and behaviors of elementary teachers and the elementary classroom.††† As you prepare for and complete your six-hour observation/shadow, focus on the teacherís role and the learning environment.† Take notes on what you see throughout the day.† Later complete the following data and reflection paper.†
†††† This single-spaced typed paper will be a total of 8 paragraphs.† Select 2 questions from each of the following 2 categories. Respond with 2 strong paragraphs for each of the 4 questions. The first paragraph (4-6 sentences) for each question should include specific data from your observation that concisely gives data about the question.† This should report only brief facts/data that you saw at your school.†† This data will set the stage for the next paragraph.†† The second paragraph (4-6 sentences) for each question should address the question and link the data to your feelings, opinions, or beliefs as a future teacher on the topic.†
Please begin your paper with the heading below.† After the heading, center and bold each category, center the question underneath the category, and then provide your response.††† Professional composition skills are expected. Hand in a hard copy; keep a copy on disk for your LiveText submission!†
Student Name _____________________________________________________
Teacherís First and Last Name _____________________________________
School Location ___________________________††† Grade Level _______________
Date(s) _____________________† Time _______ to _______†† Total Hours _________________
1. What are the teacherís responsibilities?
2. How many hours a day/week does this teacher work?
3. How would you describe this teacherís role?
4. In what ways did the teacher demonstrate flexibility?
5. What organizational tools/methods does the teacher use to coordinate the day?
6. What ďspecialĒ challenges does the teacher face in this classroom?
7. What are different methods of communication that you heard or saw with students, teachers, and parents?
8. When and how does the teacher utilize community resources?
9. How does the teacher know that learning is taking place?
1. How would you describe the community in which this school is located?
2. What diversity of race, gender, intellect, or size, etc. do you note in the students?
3. What kinds of interactions did you observe between students?
4. What resources are available to this teacher?† To the student?
5. How is this classroom organized and why?
6. How is the room decorated and does that contribute or distract from learning?
7. What is the daily schedule of the students?
8. Aside from instruction, what activities/events require time during school hours?
9. What types of classroom management practices do you observe?
10. What different ways are subject matter presented?
Does Not Meet
Student does not seek professional opportunity to grow by not scheduling a six-hour observation at an elementary school that is
a) a general or inclusive
†† classroom and/or
b) a grade level in K-8 and/or
c) located outside of
††† and their school districts.
Student seeks professional opportunity to grow by scheduling a six-hour observation at an elementary school that is
a) a general or inclusive
†† classroom and
b) a grade level in K-8 and
c) located outside of
††† and their school districts.
Student does not foster professional relationship with school to better understand the role of the teacher and the learning environment by not scheduling a six-hour observation with permission documented by a completed Letter of Request from the building administrator.
Student fosters professional relationship with school to better understand the role of the teacher and the learning environment by collaboratively scheduling a six-hour observation with permission documented by a completed
Letter of Request from the building administrator.
Student does not observe teaching practices and effects of teacher decisions and actions in the learning environment during six-hour observation/shadow and/or it is not documented by the completed Clock Hour Documentation from the teacher.
Student observes teaching practices and effects of teacher decisions and actions in the learning environment during six-hour observation/shadow and is documented by the completed Clock Hour Documentation from the teacher.
Data & Reflection
Observation/Shadow Paper responses do not demonstrate an understanding of the practices and behaviors that are characteristic of an elementary teacher and the learning environment because responses:
a) a) lack one paragraph that reports relevant data collected at the school site (1) and/or
b) b) lack one paragraph that expresses the studentís feeling/opinion/belief about the topic and links it to the data. (2) and/or
c) c) contain 3 or more compositional errors per response. (1)
Observation/Shadow Paper responses demonstrate an adequate understanding of the practices and behaviors that are characteristic of an elementary teacher and the learning environment by including:
a)† a) one paragraph that reports relevant data collected at the school site (1) and/or
b)† b) one paragraph that expresses the studentís feeling/opinion/ belief about the topic and links it to the data. (2) and/or
c)† c) 0-2 compositional errors per response. (1)
Observation/Shadow Paper responses demonstrate a thorough understanding of the practices and behaviors that are characteristic of an elementary teacher and the learning environment by including:
a) a) one paragraph that reports relevant data collected at the school site (1)
†† b) one paragraph that expresses the studentís feeling/opinion/belief about the topic and links it to the data. (2)
††† c) 0-2 compositional errors
†e†††† per response. (1)