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Title: Rethinking How Students Learn from Professional Teachers in the Field


1
  • Rethinking How Students Learn from Professional
    Teachers in the Field
  • National Association for Alternative
    Certification, April 4, 2008
  • Robin Largue
  • Janet K. Pilcher

2
  • Developed and Offered by
  • The Institute for Innovative Community Learning
    (ICL)
  • at The University of West Florida
  • icl.uwf.edu

3
  • Quality is key to making our program successful.
  • Instruction
  • Field experiences
  • Instructors
  • Program
  • Mentor teacher

4
  • TeacherReady is
  • A nine month online program designed for people
    who have a bachelors degree and who are working
    full time
  • A state approved Educator Preparation Institute
    (2005)

5
  • Successful completion of the program and the
    three state required tests lead to
  • professional teacher certification in the state
    of Florida.
  • opportunity to transfer 12 semester hours of
    graduate credit to an online masters in education
    at the University of West Florida.

6
  • Seven instructional units developed to provide
    skills, knowledge and practice to be a successful
    first year teacher
  • The units of instruction in TeacherReady are
    based on the Florida Educator Accomplished
    Practices (standards for teachers) and the INTASC
    standards.

7
  • The seven instructional units
  • Unit 1 What do I need to know to get ready for
    the first day of school?
  • Unit 2 Who are my students?
  • Unit 3 How do my students learn?
  • Unit4 How do I know my students learn?
  • Unit 5 How do I organize to provide my students
    with the maximum learning situation?
  • Unit 6 How do I communicate with students,
    parents, faculty, administration and the
    community?
  • Unit 7 What are some critical issues in education
    today
  • ( ESOL and reading in the content area)?

8
  • The units of instruction consist of
  • Content
  • Readings
  • Activities
  • Field experiences
  • Goal setting

9
  • Each unit contains a varying number of modules.
  • Each unit has specific learning targets.
  • Each module has specific learning targets that
    align to the unit learning targets.
  • All of these learning targets are aligned the
    Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and
    INTASC Standards.

10
  • Resources and materials required
  • Classroom Management with Harry and Rosemary Wong
  • Aligning Instruction to Standards Just Ask
    Andie!
  • Lesson Architect lessonarchitect.uwf.edu

11
  • TeacherReady instructors
  • Dr. Robin Largue, Coordinator
  • Dr. Janet Pilcher
  • Dr. Kathy Heineken
  • Kim Thomas

12
  • Feedback from the instructor is provided on all
  • Activities
  • Field experiences
  • Reflections
  • Goals

13
  • Field experiences are embedded within and aligned
    to each instructional unit
  • Interviews, meetings, substituting, observing
  • The culminating field experience is five
    consecutive days teaching in the same classroom
  • Students complete a minimum of 150 hours of field
    experiences

14
  • Placement for Field Experiences
  • Students complete Field Experience Contact form
  • ICL staff contacts the district or school and
    makes the request
  • When placed, an assignment form is signed by
    school and district administration, mentor
    teacher and TeacherReady student

15
  • Mentor Teacher becomes the onsite support for
    TeacherReady for the nine month time period
  • The mentor participates in an online clinical
    teacher education training required by the state
    of Florida.
  • After the culminating experience the mentor is
    given a stipend of 500 for coaching and
    supporting the TeacherReady student.

16
  • Sample field experiences
  • Unit 2substitute in diverse classroom
  • Unit 4interview district Assessment Director
  • Unit 5observe a classroom focus on one student

17
  • Culminating five consecutive days in the
    classroom
  • Lesson plans
  • Daily field reflections
  • Daily mentor feedback
  • Instructor feedback

18
  • Sample Statements from Daily Notes of Mentor
    teacher
  • Ive had several interns and he is the best Ive
    seen yet. Never loud or disrespectfulgreat start
    on classroom management. Works well with small
    groups of students or 1 on 1.
  • She does a wonderful job of teaching beyond the
    lesson.
  • She sat at the same level of students and
    maintained eye contact.

19
  • Sample Statements from Daily Notes of Mentor
    teacher
  • Every minute of the class was focused on the
    learning target.
  • All lessons were active and engaged all students.
  • Teacher was able to display knowledge of the
    subject mattershe was able to explain further if
    a student was confused she provided examples and
    non examples.

20
  • Sample Statements from Student Reflections of 5
    days of Teaching
  • Was tired at the end of the day and realized I
    hadn't drunk enough water.
  • Today was both a better and worse day than Monday
    but still a good day of learning.
  • I have questions about why the curriculum has
    been chosen and why there isn't enough time in a
    day to achieve everything the curriculum calls
    for.

21
  • I am going to use the rest of the school year to
    try several different forms of formative
    assessment to see what works best for my
    students.
  • I feel that I am getting better at aligning
    instruction with standards and that my students
    are learning more than they ever have.

22
  • The application of everything we have learned in
    the TeacherReady course is very difficult. It is
    one thing to read and write about how we are
    going to do something in a particular lesson
    however, to carry out the lesson and the
    application of the lesson plan can very
    difficult.

23
  • Who are TeacherReady students?
  • Military personnel
  • Military spouses
  • Career changers
  • Non education college graduates
  • Currently teaching but not certified
  • From 11 different states and 7 countries
  • About 150 currently enrolled

24
  • Who are our graduates?
  • 31 who have fulfilled all requirements
  • 39 in process of completing the three state
    required tests
  • Of the 31, 28 are currently teaching, 3 are
    looking and interviewing for teaching positions

25
  • Survey data from cohorts of TeacherReady

26
I learned something that will help me improve.
27
I learned something I can apply in my classroom.
28
I believe that when I apply what I have learned,
I will improve student performance
29
The units were well organized.
30
Sample Student Feedback
  • Teachers must consider students as individuals!
    This is one of the most valuable things we have
    discussed so far in the program. I will never
    look at a class full of students the same way
    again. As a teacher, I will strive to unlock the
    individual backgrounds, needs, strengths, and
    interests of each student.

31
Samples cont.
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the TeacherReady
    program so far! I feel like I have learned so
    much in such short amount of time and I love the
    fact that I can work on readings, assignments, or
    discussions at 400am! I know that I learned more
    in the first 2 weeks of this program than I did
    in a whole semester of some of my college
    courses. I am feeling more and more confident
    about becoming a teacher with every new unit. I
    looked into many options, but I am very happy to
    have chosen TeacherReady!

32
Samples cont.
  • I have really enjoyed my TeacherReady course and
    I know that I have by far become a better teacher
    than I was before. I have learned so much more
    than I could imagine these last few months. I
    feel more confidant as a teacher as well.

33
  • Potential Barriers to Completion
  • Commitment to complete field experiences
  • School calendar
  • State testing
  • The rigor of the program
  • The true commitment to teaching

34
  • Questions?

35
  • Thank you!
  • For more information contact me at
    elargue_at_uwf.edu
  • ICL
  • 212 Church Street
  • Pensacola, Florida 32502
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