The ability to effectively manage a classroom and meet the behavior and instructional needs of students both with and without disabilities is very complex.
Arrange the clinical field experiences for this course in a K-12 grade special education inclusive, resource, or self-contained classroom or block where students are receiving special education services and where you will be monitored by a certified teacher mentor, principal, special education coordinator, etc.
Prior to the clinical field experience, review the requirements of all clinical field experiences for this course. Complete the “Clinical Field Experience Planning Template” to share with your mentor detailing these requirements and what is being requested of the mentor. This document should include the scheduling required to complete all assignments.
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 “Clinical Field Experience A: Observation” template to take notes about the elements of the classroom learning environment.
Use any remaining field experience hours to provide support or assistance to the class as directed by your mentor.
At the bottom of the 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 on the “Clinical Field Experience A: 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.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit assignments that are print deliverables to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
Document the locations and hours you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form.
Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form to the LMS in the last topic. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.