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Briefing for Cooperating Teachers. 2011. Briefing Overview. What? Why? How? Roles of SCM, CT and NSC Practicums in 2011. Briefing Overview. Supervisions Final practicums (mainly Terms 1 and 2, TP/TP2 ) Lesson observation-feedback cycle Mode of assessment The Summative Report

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Briefing

for

Cooperating Teachers

2011

briefing overview
Briefing Overview
  • What? Why? How?
  • Roles of SCM, CT and NSC
  • Practicums in 2011
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Briefing Overview
  • Supervisions
    • Final practicums (mainly Terms 1 and 2, TP/TP2)
      • Lesson observation-feedback cycle
      • Mode of assessment
      • The Summative Report
    • Non-Final practicums (Term 3, SE/TA/TP1)
      • Requirements
      • Mode of assessment
    • Submission of reports
    • Documents for CTs from student teachers
    • Practicum briefings for student teachers
    • Practicum Office
    • Practicum website
1 what why who
1. What? Why? Who?
  • Practicum, or field experience, is linked to the student teachers’ courses and is critical to their growth and development as teachers.
  • It provides the opportunity to make critical connections between theory and practice.
  • It is possible only through the strong three-way partnerships between NIE, MOE and schools, as well as between supervisor, student and cooperating teacher.
2 roles of scm ct and nsc
2. Roles of SCM, CT and NSC

School Principal

School Coordinating Mentor (SCM)

NIE Supervision Coordinator (NSC)

Cooperating

Teachers (CTs)

and

Student Teachers

NIE Moderator / External Examiner

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2. Roles of SCM, CT and NSC

Types of Support

  • Instructional support
    • includes assisting the novice with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to be successful in the classroom and school
  • Psychological support
    • to build the protégé's sense of self through confidence building, developing feelings of effectiveness, encourage positive self-esteem, enhancing self-reliance, and learning to handle stress that is a large part of transition

(Gold, 1996)

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2. Roles of SCM, CT and NSC

Mentor Roles

  • A model and instructor of students’ teaching
  • An information source for tips and advice
  • A provider of an introduction to the teaching world
  • A co-enquirer who stimulates students’ reflections on their own lessons
  • A coach or a supporter
  • A challenger
  • An evaluator
2 role of scm
2. Role of SCM

Overall in charge of the practicum

  • Main liaison person with the NSC
  • Conducts briefing for induction of student teachers
  • Conducts briefing for induction of CTs
    • PPT slides for induction of CTs can be downloaded from NIE’s Practicum Website
    • CT Handbook (with details of task & responsibilities) can be found in the SCM folder and on the Practicum Website
  • Oversees work of CTs & student teachers
  • Facilitates observation of other teachers’ lessons
  • Evaluates student teachers’ practicum performance
  • Verifies and confirms with NSC the potential DISTINCTION and FAIL cases (for relevant practicums) before the moderation deadline
2 role of ct
2. Role of CT
  • Helps settle student teacher*
  • Acquaints the student teacher with school set-up*
  • Assists the student teacher in preparing for classroom teaching
  • Guides the student teacher in classroom teaching & management
  • Observes lessons conducted by student teacher
  • Evaluates student teacher’s teaching performance

* Probably done by the SCM who is overall in charge of the practicum in the school. But CTs need to reinforce messages.

2 role of nsc
2. Role of NSC
  • Official representative of NIE
  • Oversees work of student teachers
  • Conducts lesson observations (for relevant practicums)
  • Liaises with schools via SCM (and CTs if necessary)
  • Moderates student teachers’ performance across schools under his/her charge
  • Provides an NIE moderator for ALL potential DISTINCTION and FAIL cases (for relevant practicums)
  • Collaborates and decides with school on final grade to be awarded to student teachers
3 practicums in 2011
3. Practicums in 2011

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

4 - 8 Jul

3 practicums in 20111
3. Practicums in 2011

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

12 - 16 Jul

3 practicums in 20112
3. Practicums in 2011

IP SCHOOL / JCs / MI

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4. Supervisions

- Final Practicums (mainly Terms 1 & 2)

Diploma Programmes – TP

BA/BSc (Ed) Programmes – TP2

PGDE (Pri and Sec) (Jul intake) – TP

PGDE (PE) – TP2

PGDE (Sec) (Jan intake) – TP (Term 3)

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The process comprises a 3-stage cycle:

  • Pre-Observation Conference
  • Lesson Observation
  • Feedback Conference
  • Pre-Observation Conference
  • Check to see that the lesson plan
    • Has definite, meaningful goals/objectives,
    • Is relevant to the topic/subject,
    • Is appropriate for the class/level,
    • Is workable in terms of methods/time given.
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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

  • Pre-Observation Conference (contd.)
  • Suggest modifications, only if it is really necessary.
  • Agree on points of focus for the observation
  • Agree on how the lesson observation will be recorded (e.g., using a checklist, audio-recorder)
  • Decide the time for the Feedback Conference (SAME day)
  • Written report should follow within that week
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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

  • Lesson Observation
  • Assessment of Performance in Teaching (APT) form
    • the strengths and weaknesses of the student teacher’s teaching competencies in four areas:
      • Lesson preparation
      • Lesson delivery & management
      • Classroom management
      • Feedback & evaluation
    • the student teacher’s professional qualities in the fifth area

Give a completed copy to the student teacher for filing after each lesson observation

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

Sample of an APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form :

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form : Grading for processes 1 – 4

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

The APT Form : Grading for process 5 – Professional Qualities

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE LESSON OBSERVATION-FEEDBACK CYCLE

3. Feedback Conference

  • Hold the conference asap after the lesson observation
    • Oral feedback preferably within the same day
    • Written feedback within a week (original copy of the APT for your file, and a photocopy for the student teacher’s Practicum File)
    • What to remember during feedback conferencing:
      • Examine those aspects of teaching that was jointly agreed upon as the observational focus during the pre-observation conference
      • May need to use counseling skills
      • May take the lead in analysis and interpretation, and may also play the more direct role of instructor, providing specific suggestions. Encourage student teacher to see both his/her strengths and weaknesses
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4. Supervising Final Practicums

MODE OF ASSESSMENT

Cooperating Teachers :

  • Formative assessments via lesson observations and reported on APT forms
  • Summative APT report by Main CT
  • Ensure formative and summative grades align

School Coordinating Mentor and Principal :

  • Summative assessment, highlighting professional attitude and conduct, in consultation with CTs

NIE Supervision Coordinator :

  • Formative assessment via 2 lesson observations and reported on APT forms
  • Summative assessment based on APT reports and input from school personnel (CTs, P/VP, SCM)
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4. Supervising Final Practicums

MODE OF ASSESSMENT

Overall grade for final practicums :

DISTINCTION / CREDIT / PASS / FAIL

  • Both school and NSC must come to a consensus during the final assessment meeting chaired by the Principal
  • Moderation is compulsory for DISTINCTION and FAIL cases: Decided collaboratively by school and NSC by deadline set by Practicum Office, NIE – check exact date from TP schedule

ALL FAIL cases must repeat practicum before they are allowed to graduate.

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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE SUMMATIVE REPORT

  • Part I (yellow) : Main CT’s summative APT report
  • Part II (yellow) : SCM’s and Principal’s comments
  • Part III (green): NSC’s summative report (includes endorsement of final grade agreed

upon with Principal and SCM)

Note:

  • Criteria for final TP grading given in SCM file.
  • Final grade entered in Parts II & III must be the same.
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4. Supervising Final Practicums

THE SUMMATIVE REPORT (PART I)

Main CT’s summative APT report:

  • Review all the information collected over the period of the practicum
  • Discuss the student teacher’s progress with the SCM (and NSC if necessary)
  • Discuss with the student teacher before writing the report
  • Consider the student teacher’s general progress from the initial stages to this final stage and make notes on developments
  • Look ahead and consider the student teacher’s potential for future development
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4. Supervisions

- Non-Final Practicums (Term 3)

Diploma Programmes – SE, TA

BA/BSc (Ed) Programmes – SE, TA, TP1

PGDE (PE) – TP1

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4. Supervising Non-Final Practicums

Guided teaching can take the form of a progression of practice – from teaching of lesson segments, to co- or paired-teaching with the CT, and finally to monitored independent teaching of complete lessons. The progression of guided teaching can vary among student teachers depending on the individual’s level of progress.

PGDE (PE)– only teach CS1 in the last 3 weeks of guided teaching but observe CS2 throughout the 5 weeks.

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4. Supervising Non-Final Practicums

MODE OF ASSESSMENT FOR SE/TA/TP1

  • Weekly Reflection Journals to be completed by student teacher during the Observation Weeks (see previous slide; not applicable for BA/BSc(Ed) SE and TP1)
    • CT to use a checklist to check off what student teacher has completed weekly but NO need to mark them
    • NSC will receive journals at the end of each week and provide feedback
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4. Supervising Non-Final Practicums

MODE OF ASSESSMENT FOR SE/TA/TP1

  • Observation of student teacher’s teaching in final weeks by CTs and NSC using the APT (see previous slide; not applicable for BA/BSc (Ed) SE and TA)
  • Pass / Fail or Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory
    • Overall grade is weighted more on student teacher’s professional conduct and attitude
5 submission of reports
5. Submission of Reports
  • Do NOT submit the APT forms used for individual lesson observations.
  • Submit the YELLOW Summative Report after CTs, SCM and Principal have discussed and completed it in consultation with the NSC, to the NSC at the Final Assessment Meeting, or to Practicum Office (Fax No. 68969110) by the DEADLINE.(The Summative Report will be sent to you before the end of the practicum.)
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6. Documents for CTs from Student Teachers
  • Letter to Cooperating Teacher stating
    • NIE’s THANKS
    • dates of practicum period and no. of weeks
    • no. of formal classroom observations
    • NIE Supervision Coordinator’s name and contact info.
    • attached with the following documents ...
  • Suggested guidelines for schools (a copy also sent to P) stating
    • Time-table arrangements
      • No. of teaching periods per week
        • Pri 20-24; Sec 16-20; JC 10-12
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6. Documents for CTs from their Student Teachers

2. Suggested guidelines for schools stating

  • Time-table arrangements
    • Teaching subjects
      • Pri: GEN 2 - 3 subjects; Sec: 1 - 2 subjects; JC: 1 subject
      • student teachers must teach all subjects trained in - refer to computer printout and suggested guidelines
    • Class levels/types/streams
      • A mix of upper and lower levels
      • No more than 2 levels per CS
      • Pri: preferably no P1 and the very weak classes
      • Sec: preferably Sec 1-3, and NOT the most difficult classes in the streams
    • School session (school to decide)
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6. Documents for CTs from their Student Teachers

2. Suggested guidelines for schools stating

  • CCA responsibilities – only observing
  • Arrangements for opportunities to observe CT(s) and other teachers during Week 1 and at other times during practicum
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6. Documents for CTs from their Student Teachers
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the
    • Cooperating Teacher (CT)
    • School Coordinating Mentor (SCM)
    • Student Teacher
    • NIE Supervision Coordinator (NSC)
  • Where applicable:
    • Checklist of Teaching Competencies
    • Assessment of Performance (APT) form
  • CV and Subject List for School Principal
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7. Practicum Briefing for Student Teachers
  • Professional conduct
    • be a member of staff of the school
    • write lesson plans for ALL lessons taught
    • work closely with CTs
    • extend copies of lesson plans to CTs in advance
  • Absenteeism
    • original MCs for NIE, photocopy for school. Personal letters are not accepted
    • AWOL cases: SCM to fax notification form to NIE asap for warning letter to be sent out
  • Dress code guide
  • Submit CV and Subject List to Principal
8 practicum office
8. Practicum Office

Location : NIE 1-01-01

Fax Number : 6896 9110

Telephone Number : 6790 3308

  • A/P Liu Woon Chia Associate Dean
  • A/P Ivy Tan Sub Dean
  • Ms Abby Lim Assistant Head
  • Ms Therese Joo Executive Officer
  • Ms Afida Executive Officer
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9. Practicum Website

http://www.nie.edu.sg/practicum

Content:

  • PPT slides for induction of CTs
  • Cooperating Teachers’ Handbooks (hard copy in SCM folder)
  • Other Practicum-related documents for schools, NIE supervisors (NSCs) and student teachers