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ERIC Number: ED468427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Learning To Set the Stage.
Sommers, Rhoda C.
Andrews University, Michigan, developed the First Day of School Experience for preservice teachers, which coincides with the opening days of school in area K-12 public and private schools where preservice teachers are placed for their student teaching experiences. The program allows preservice teachers to develop competence in beginning the school year and confidence in their classroom management techniques. The process includes four phases: daily field experiences involving observation, assistance, and actual classroom teaching; daily university classroom instruction focusing on beginning the school year and classroom management; weekly conferences with an instructor to discuss progress; and individual reading, writing, and reflection. Students become acquainted with theory during classroom instruction and reading, while the field experiences allow them to combine theory and practice. Data were collected from preservice teachers' reflective journals, which chronicle their learning during this experience. The paper presents a collective story composed of the actual words and ideas from participating student teachers' journals. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A