We see the school placement as a chance for students to both observe classroom interaction and teaching methods and reflect on educational theories and policies discussed in the college class and participate in and contribute to actual classroom activities, taking as active and helpful a role as is appropriate. Through their experience in hosting teachers' classrooms, students can explore their interests in teaching and learning and hopefully offer some help.
Though sometimes observing is most appropriate (and in some cases, is required by the school), we invite host teachers to ask the visiting student to take a more active and helpful role if the host teacher sees anopportunity for this and if the student is ready. For example, the student might:
Towards the end of the semester, we ask host teachers to offer some feedback about the visiting student's participation by responding to these questions.
If for any reason the placement is not working well, or if you have any questions, contact Ann Brown, Field Placements Coordinator, at abrown@brynmawredu or (610) 526-5376.