AUTHORS: Machado/Botnarescue - ©2011
This comprehensive text presents up-to-date research and "how tos" for those enrolled in an early childhood student teaching practicum course. It clearly explains your professional duties and responsibilities as a student teacher, the mechanics of hands-on teaching under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, and your interactions with your college course supervisor(s). Chapters are designed to encourage contemplative and reflective thought as you develop an understanding of professionally accepted practice, ethics, classroom management, and individualized and group program planning and instruction. Communication skills that typify effective team teaching and reduce common classroom problems during student teaching are described and detailed. Current practices related to special-needs children and infant-toddler classroom placement are addressed, as is the development of school-home partnerships that enhance children’s life-long learning and educational success. Throughout, case studies and examples illustrate real-life situations and children that other student teachers have encountered.
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