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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Education Practicum I

Location: 
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA
Length: 
Minimum 150 hours of supervised practicum and 16 hours of mentor meetings (30 weeks).
Dates: 
September 2004 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the practicum, students will be able to: discuss the role and responsibilities of an instructional assistant as a member of the instructional team under the guidance of the lead teacher; give one-on-one support to individual students with direct supervision by the lead teacher or other experienced instructional staff; assist in group activities under the direct supervision of the lead teacher or other more experienced instructional staff; show basic safety awareness; interact with students in a respectful and age-appropriate manner; assist in general classroom management, physical care and supervision of students under the direct supervision by the lead teacher or other more experienced instructional staff; respond appropriately to behavioral issues; show interest in the students, their individual needs and the nature of educational and therapeutic programs; and recognize ones own limitations and ask for support when necessary.

Instruction: 

This experience is a ten-month hands-on practicum in the education of children with special needs. Students serve as assistants in the kindergarten, lower/middle school, high school classroom and/or in the transition education program developing positive attitudes and fundamental practices in the context of a curative school. Under the instruction and direct supervision of a mentor/lead teacher, students develop first-hand experience in one-on-one and small group instruction. As assistants to the lead teacher, students are also involved in various aspects of physical care, classroom maintenance and management, and supervision of students with special needs. The principal method of instruction is supervised practice, supported by active mentoring. A written learning agreement is made between student, mentor, and the course coordinator, which specifies the respective roles and responsibilities of student and mentor in relation to the pursuit of the course objectives. In addition to ongoing task-oriented instruction and advice, students are provided with weekly mentoring sessions, mid-year review, and end-of-year review.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as an education practicum in Curative Education, Education, Special Education, Waldorf Education, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation). 

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