You will become privy to information regarding student developmental, social and emotional progress. You are required to keep all information regarding each student confidential.
Please notify me if you will not be able to attend class on a day you are scheduled at Burris. I prefer that you call the school to leave a message and e-mail me prior to 7:30am. Excused absences include illness (with a doctor’s excuse) or other BSU authorized reasons. Missed days must be made up at a time that works with our class schedule. It is your responsibility to reschedule the time missed. Your Ball State University ID and nametag must be worn at all times. If you do not have this on, you will not be allowed in the classroom.
Please share with me if you need special classroom adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, along with important medical information and/or special arrangements needed to evacuate the building.
An emergency procedure flipbook is on the VIS box located next to the classroom door. Additionally, there is an emergency escape route map and telephone to be used if necessary. All on-campus calls must be dialed with a 5 preceding the four-digit number. Press 9 and dial the telephone number for outgoing calls. A blue folder of emergency procedures and class roster is available in the basket that houses your lesson plan folder.
Typed lesson plans must be submitted to and approved by your BSU instructor. You must submit a copy of your approved lesson to me. You may place them in your section’s folder, located on the gray filing cabinet as you enter the room. You must contact me with any changes to approved plans prior to your teach date. Plans must follow Teachers College guidelines for lesson plan format. Be creative. Submitted paperwork must be technically correct and contain accurate information. Plans that have not been spell-checked and proofread will not be accepted. No worksheets are to be used. Activities requiring graphic organizers or student written responses (write a sentence about, draw a picture, etc.) must be approved prior to submitting your lesson plan. It is expected that your plans will be engaging, thoughtful lessons that reflect a measurable objective based on an Indiana Academic Standard and/or the Common Core Standards for third grade. You must submit original, creative plans that use a variety of materials. Additionally, I expect each plan to be rich in content with developmentally appropriate activities for third grade. Remember that young children like to “do things.” I look over each lesson plan very thoroughly and strictly follow the EDEL 350 requirements contained in your course packet. Meet with your college instructor ASAP to schedule your teaching observations. Please let me know the day, date and time of your TC observations as soon as possible! I actively search for plagiarized lesson plan content. I will follow the Ball State University policies and procedures for plagiarized work.
Students are expected to address you by your last name preceded with Mr., Miss, Ms. or Mrs. Please expect the children to be polite and respectful. The children in this school work with many pre-service teachers each week. While my expectation for their participation is high, you must do your part to ensure that you are viewed as a “college teacher” and are treated respectfully. Expect the children to clean up and return materials and chairs to their appropriate places after your lesson. You should have your teaching area back to its original condition prior to your departure.
Observe and Participate
This is time when you will be working with students as directed by me. You will not be responsible for lesson plans, but you will use the materials I have selected for you to use with a group of students. These experiences will be valuable in helping you gain confidence and management skills before entering student teaching.
Choose a high quality children’s book to share with a small group of children. Please choose a grade level book that is high interest.
Round Robin Lesson
In this lesson you will teach your topic several times in one day to small groups for about 20 minutes per lesson. The students rotate to you in their small groups.
Whole Group Lesson
For these lessons you will teach your topic(s) to the entire class. Make sure you use larger visuals and plan lessons that work with a large group. Writing on the chalkboard, utilizing PowerPoint, using posters or an overhead projector works well for larger groups. You MUST integrate technology into one whole group lesson via a PowerPoint presentation, use of laptop or iPads and projector with an Internet site, or other technological equipment at your disposal. You must give me at least one week’s notice if you need Burris Laboratory School equipment.
- Nametag is mandatory. Please have your Ball State I.D. and a nametag identifying you as Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms. __________.
- Please feel free to see me whenever you have a question, problem or concern. With twenty busy children in the room, it is sometimes difficult for me to answer your questions. Please call me at school between three and four o’clock. You may email any questions you might have as well. I try to respond to email within 24 hours.
- You must be punctual and properly attired. If your attire is deemed unsuitable, you will be asked to leave the classroom and change. Any scheduled lessons and/or observations will be forfeited.
- Be professional! Model proper oral and written language. Demonstrate positive interaction with children, teachers, and fellow participants.
- Be active! Your participation in the classroom is mandatory at all times.
- Be flexible! Be ready to adapt to changing situations.
- Be knowledgeable! Thoroughly research what you teach and know your subject matter.
- Be enthusiastic! Smile, ask questions and get to know the students.
Teaching Requirements at Burris:
- Observations and involvement with teacher-directed activities.
- An introductory story with a small group of children. A submitted outline is required.
- One lesson plan and teaching a round robin lesson.
4. Three total whole group lesson plans and teaching.
5. Teaching reflection – due via email by 3pm on the day following your teaching experience. Keep a copy in your sent folder in case technology fails.
6. Possible additional assignments:
- bulletin boards
- working with small groups
- learning centers
Lesson topics will be assigned, and I will give you as much help and advice as I can in planning and preparation. Make use of the extensive resources on campus and ask me about any materials you see in the room that you may want to borrow and use. Please keep your lessons very visual, hands-on when possible, and smoothly paced to keep interest and motivation at optimal levels. Specific teaching times will be assigned to you, but can change. I will observe/evaluate your teaching at least two times in addition to your TC instructor observations. I will informally observe your interactions in the classroom daily. I work closely with your university instructors. We will converse almost daily on your progress. Make sure you are putting your best effort forth each day!
Jump Right In!
Make it a point to stay engaged and participate with the class in any way you can. Be ready to follow my lead and join in! Sitting with a small group of students during my teaching time is best. Be prepared to move in close and help as we engage in small group or independent work. Resist the urge to stay on the sidelines!
|Round Robin Lessons (M/W section) Simple Machines||Round Robin Lessons (T/R Section) Language Arts|
|inclined plane/wedge||verb tense|
|wheel and axle||commas|
|Whole Group Lesson 1 (M/W section) Letter Unit||Whole Group Lesson 1 (T/R Section) Geometry|
|thank you letter||slide/flip/turn|
|invitation||angles (right, obtuse, acute)|
|Whole Group Lesson 2 (M/W section) Energy Unit||Whole Group Lesson 1 (T/R Section) Literary Unit|
|Energy Review||main idea/details|
|Whole Group Lesson 3 (M/W section) City Government||Whole Group Lesson 3 (T/R Section) Parts of Speech|
|police department||articles of speech|
|election process||subject/verb agreement|
Teaching Schedule (M/W section)
|1/18||7:00 am meeting at Burris|
|1/23||Observe and Participate|
|1/25||Observe and Participate|
|2/1||Observe and Participate|
|2/6||Teach Round Robins (2x)|
|2/8||Teach Round Robins (2x)|
|2/13||Observe and Participate|
|2/15||Observe and Participate|
|2/20||Presidents’ Day- No School|
|2/22||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach time 12:30)|
|2/24 Friday||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach time 12:00 and 12:30)|
|3/12||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach time 12:30)|
|3/14||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach time 12:30)|
|3/19||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach time 12:00 and 12:30)|
|3/21||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach time 12:30)|
|3/26||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 12:30)|
|3/28||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 12:30)|
|4/2||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 12:30)|
|4/4||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 12:30)|
Teaching Schedule (T/R section)
|1/18||7:00 am meeting at Burris|
|1/24||Observe and Participate|
|1/26||Observe and Participate|
|2/2||Observe and Participate|
|2/7||Observe and Participate|
|2/9||Teach Round Robins (2x)|
|2/14||Teach Round Robins (2x)|
|2/16||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach time 8:15)|
|2/21||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach times 8:00 and 8:30)|
|2/23||Teach Whole Group 1 (teach time 8:15)|
|3/13||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach time 9:15)|
|3/15||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach times 9:00 and 9:30)|
|3/20||Teach Whole Group 2 (teach time 9:15)|
|3/22||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 9:15)|
|3/27||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 9:15)|
|3/29||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 9:15)|
|4/3||Teach Whole Group 3 (teach time 9:15)|