Prior to your field experience, review the requirements of all field experiences for this course. Create a document to share with your mentor teacher detailing your requirements for all field experiences for this course, as well as what is being requested of your mentor. This document should include the scheduling required to complete all assignments.
The ability to effectively manage a classroom and meet the behavior and instructional needs of students both with and without disabilities is very complex.
Choose a special education classroom, selecting the grade level (K-12) and classroom setting (resource, self-contained, or inclusive classroom) you are most interested in teaching. You will use this field experience to observe and experience the many considerations involved in that setting.
Allocate at least 4 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Observe and collaborate with a K-12 certified special education teacher in an inclusive classroom, resource room, and/or self-contained classroom on the elements that help create a positive, safe, and productive learning environment. Your final observations and summary of your hands-on experiences will be due in Clinical Field Experience B.
While you are observing, use the “Observation Template” to take notes about the elements of the classroom learning environment.
Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.
At the bottom of the “Observation Template,” provide a 250-500 word rationale why you chose this grade level and environment to observe. Summarize your findings about the elements of the classroom learning environment in the “Observation Template.”
Explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice, specifically in terms of how you will work with paraprofessionals, other faculty members, and teachers.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.