Early Teaching Experiences

Learning to Practice: The Design of Clinical Experience in Teacher Preparation

written by Pam Grossman

Few would disagree that clinical experience is critical for teacher development. Teaching is, after all, a demanding clinical practice, requiring teachers to orchestrate complex classroom interactions designed to help children learn. While clinical practice rests on a body of professional knowledge, ultimately teachers need to be able to put this knowledge to use in practice. Clinical experiences during professional education provide opportunities for teachers to develop and hone their craft.


Student Teaching in the United States

written by Julie Greenberg, Laura Pomerance, and Kate Walsh

Even as the profession pushes for more and earlier field work opportunities, student teaching is the final clinical experience. During the typical semester-long experience, student teaching candidates must synthesize everything they have learned about planning instruction: collecting or developing instructional materials, teaching lessons, guiding small group activities, and establishing and maintaining order--not to mention meetings with faculty and parents and, in some districts still, taking on lunchroom and playground duties.


Learning Assistants (LA's): Re-imaginging TA's as Future Pre-College Physics Teachers

written by Lane Seeley and Hunter G. Close

This workshop explored the structures and goals of a Learning Assistants program for physics. The goals of this program at Seattle Pacific University are explored, including the potential for recruiting future physics teachers.


The STEM Colorado Learning Assistant Program

written by Valerie K. Otero

This presentation describes the Learning Assistants program at the University of Colorado. The LA program has been used both to improve undergraduate courses by increasing student engagement and to increase the numbers of potential new science teachers. It is a collaboration of several different STEM departments and Education.


The Learning Assistant model for Teacher Education in Science and Technology

published by the American Physical Society

This article explains how the Learning Assistant (undergraduate TAs) model at the physics department of the University of Colorado facilitates course transformation and serves to recruit future physics teachers. The effect of the Learning Assistant experience on their content knowledge is described, along with their interest in the learning processes of the students in their classes.


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