Pre-Professional Observation Hours
The 45 Pre-Professional Observation hours are the initial field experience in teacher education. You must spend a minimum of 45 hours observing a state certified teacher (host teacher) in a K-12 classroom setting. Non-contact hours such as travel to and from the school, preparing materials for classes, attending school meetings, lunch time, etc., cannot be included in the 45 contact hour requirement. You should observe as much as possible about classroom structure and management, teaching, planning, preparing, organizing and adapting for individual student differences.
Consider the following questions while you observe:
1.) Observe and describe the techniques the teacher uses to get and keep students’ attention. Please include a minimum of 3 examples.
2.) What do you observe about the students in this class? How would you describe them in terms of their development? Please include their ability to pay attention, follow directions, and share ideas with each other. Use a minimum of 3 examples
3.) When starting a lesson, what does the teacher do to tap into prior knowledge? What techniques are used to help students make connections between old and new material? (Listen for questions, review of past material or any other means of connecting.)
4.) Observe and describe one or two problem behaviors that happen most frequently in the classroom. What strategies does the teacher use to handle these problems? What does she/he do or say? What do you observe the students’ reaction to those classmates? How do they react to the teacher’s interventions?
After completion of your observation hours for each teacher, you must complete and submit the online
Field Experience Form
or the Transfer Student Field Experience Form
. All hours must be completed in a K-12 classroom setting and supervised by a certified teacher (host teacher). Observation hours that cannot be confirmed by the host teacher will not be valid.