A larger VARIETY of observational "hours" in the real classroom. In my
preparation, we were required to do 100 hours of "observation" in a classroom
setting. We were required to set up the times ourselves and make our own
contacts. The Classroom teacher then filled out this form and the school
office verified it. This was extremely difficult for the younger students
who were not as comfortable with their people skills, so our college
professors offered several oportunities for observations in the nearby
schools -where they had close relationships. After we obtained our 100
hours, we were asked what our school preferences were. Our placement
coordinators then set up 18 weeks of student teaching. We also had seminars
during our internships and discussed some of these exact problems. Some
stories were certainly eye opening.
As well prepared as I think I was- I do think -maybe students should be
observing in a variety of classroom environments. My observations were
planned by me and my main concern was convenience to and from the school,
during what times etc... Maybe this should be more formalized to broaden the
awareness of what really goes on in today's schools. Then again, they don't
want to scare people away from the program either.
Nothing will prepare you for EVERYTHING you will encounter in America's
Schools however I do think one could be prepared to adapt and deal with
problems or obsticles that arise.
Kathy in Kalamazoo
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