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Education Practicum III

Location: 
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA.
Length: 
Minimum 180 hours of supervised practicum and 16 hours of mentor meetings (30 weeks).
Dates: 
September 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion, students will able to: safely manage a class or workshop in the absence of the lead instructor/mentor; explore ways of carrying a small group of students meditatively; develop an appropriate educational program for a small group of students, in close cooperation with the mentor; implement portions of a student's IEP with support from mentor; communicate with other teachers, instructors, houseparents, and therapists regarding students' program and needs; plan, oversee and carry the total educational program of the class or workshop for a period of two weeks (including main lesson teaching, if the practicum is taken in a classroom setting), with guidance and backup support from lead instructor; apply a variety of artistic skills in the classroom, as appropriate (e.g. speech, poetry, movement, hand and finger games, storytelling, painting, music, sculpture, drawing, crafts, drama, puppetry); review, comment on and revise IEP goals; make progress notes for lead instructor's use in reporting; participate in child conferences and other child study meetings, contributing significant observations; take initiative in caring for the classroom environment; reflect and assess strengths and weaknesses of their own work in conversation with the mentor.

Instruction: 

Students entering Education Practicum III have already acquired significant experience as instructional assistants. Through their involvement in kindergarten, grade school, high school and/or transition education, they have learned to independently lead students with special needs through activities set up by the classroom teacher or pre-vocational instructor, and to give appropriate feedback. Now, they are challenged not only to implement activities developed by the lead instructor, but also to become partners in developing and reviewing educational programs for individuals or groups of children. Students are entrusted with responsibility for their own part of the overall educational program of the class or prevocational workshop. In carrying this responsibility, they are actively supported by their mentor with advice and feedback.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Education Practicum/Practice Teaching in Curative Education, Education, Special Education, Waldorf Education, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) .

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