ERIC Number: ED352239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Day in the Life of a Rural School.
Dietrich, Jane Ellen Kreitz
Insights into Open Education, v25 n1 Sep 1992
This paper describes the field experience of 30 undergraduate students in a teacher education program at the University of North Dakota. As part of an introductory teaching and learning course, teacher education students prepared for and taught elementary students in a small, rural school for one-day. The school enrolled 80 children in kindergarten through 4th grade and a combined class of 5th and 6th grades. There were six teachers and a principal who taught in the afternoon in the combined 5th and 6th grade class. Prior to the field experience, college students collaborated with classroom teachers in preparing the schedule for the day and developing learning activities on environmental themes. Students were required to write lesson plans for each learning activity and were encouraged to try out a variety of teaching methods including cooperative learning, learning centers, active learning, interactive techniques, and interdisciplinary methods. Students' narratives and papers about their field experience indicated they gained insight into the complexity of teaching; related their success and confidence to being prepared; realized the importance of planning but understood necessary adaptations to circumstances; and gained knowledge and experience in interacting with children. This field experience introduced beginning teacher education students to the complexity of teaching and to the roles of teachers and students in this process. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota