These two assignments ask you to look ahead to the future and make some initial plans for student teaching and your first full year of teaching in your own classroom.
In this assignment, you will map out the instruction for your student teaching experience (or a hypothetical student teaching experience for those of you who are English Teaching minors). Since a student teaching experience typically lasts 12-14 weeks, you will map out roughly 2-3 units of instruction for those 12 weeks. I’d suggest you complete this assignment in conjunction or consultation with your cooperating teacher as you make decisions about those units.
Some notes about this assignment:
- Your should provide rough details for each week of the student teaching experience, but don’t feel like you need to go into elaborate detail. However, make sure that the activities and projects for each week are clear to another reader.
- I’d suggest starting with the unit you’ve already planned for 377 and filling in the weeks with that unit’s activities, readings, and assessments. Then, consider the other units you would teach: What texts will you use? What essential questions could frame those units? What might be the final assessment for that unit, and how will you structure learning experiences for students?
- I do not care what format this plan takes (bulleted lists or paragraphs for weekly details, a chart or table to outline the twelve weeks, etc.). Just be sure that it communicates the activities and direction of each week.
First Day Plan
In this assignment, you will think even further into the future to the first day of your first year of teaching in your own classroom. The best teachers understand the importance of setting the tone for the year on this first day, and I want to encourage you to think about how you’ll plan that first day’s lesson plan in a way that will invite students to engage in meaningful literacy activities with you for the rest of the year.
In format, this assignment will be a lesson plan for the first day; in other words, use the department template for your lesson plan and plan a day’s worth of activities for the new students you’re meeting at the start of the school year. Some things to consider:
- Many teachers review rules, policies, and procedures on the first day. While it may be wise to briefly cover some of these, your day will be better spent if you dive right into the work of an English classroom: reading and writing and sharing.
- Will you have a theme for the year? Perhaps an overarching concept or broad essential question that will drive instruction for the year? The first day would be a great way to introduce this theme through some writing and reading activities.
- Remember that from day one you want to establish strong expectations and culture for the classroom. What activities can you engage in that will be meaningful for students on the first day of school and will help communicate your expectations for the classroom and its culture?