Secondary Methods II: Math
Course summary: Methods Two covers advanced secondary methods of instruction in standards-based unit plans, current issues, and reflective professional practice. Candidates are placed with cooperating teachers in local middle or high schools. Candidates spend this time in a variety of ways–observing, tutoring, monitoring small group work, grading quizzes, talking to staff, and discussing what they will teach with their cooperating teachers. Candidates teach a minimum of three lessons during the semester.
Expectations of students in field work: Professional dress and other dispositions are expected of students during each visit to a school. Students are expected to communicate with both their cooperating teacher and college supervisor throughout the field experience. Candidates are required to keep a log of all their field hours and reflect on their activities, lesson plans, and observations.
Expectations of Cooperating teachers with our students: Cooperating teachers are expected to introduce students to the school building, staff, and mathematics faculty whenever possible. Cooperating teachers are to help students plan lessons and discuss classroom procedures as well as other relevant classroom information. Cooperating teachers should provide methods students with input on their pedagogy and student interactions. All assessments of the students will be done using the electronic data management system Tk20. Cooperating teachers should continually communicate with the methods student and college supervisor throughout the field experience. Cooperating teachers are expected to complete two formal observations and conference with their Methods II candidates. The College supervisor must conduct a minimum of one formal observation and post-observation conference.
Field Experience: 30 hours/semester. Students are expected to contact their cooperating teacher, by email or phone, at the beginning of their field experience to work out availabilities.