Student Teaching: Early Childhood Practicum Guide

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Delmar Thomson Learning, 2005 - Education - 576 pages
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Student teachers will find this text a complete guide to their early childhood practicum field work. It introduces the mechanics of the student teaching process and describes how the students personal and professional values and philosophy affect their beginning and evolving style of teaching. Varied supervisor observation of developing teaching competencies is explained and reflective analysis is emphasized. Reviewing child development milestones and instructional planning chapters serves student teachers immediate needs in training classrooms. Classroom management goals and techniques are offered in two chapters - a welcome resource for new teachers. Case studies and the special needs of children, the changing American family, parent relationships and home visit particulars are discussed in detail. The problems common to student teaching situation and the communication skills and problem solving skills necessary are covered with strategies provided. Students are urged to recognize professional concerns, trends and issues, and develop a commitment to life-long professional growth through planning and action activities. A concluding chapter details the particulars of student teaching in infant and toddler programs.

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Jeanne M. Machado's experience in the early childhood education field has included full-time assignment as a community college instructor and department chairperson. Her duties included supervision of early childhood education students at two on-campus laboratory child development centers at San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College, as well as child centers in the local community. Her teaching responsibilities encompassed early childhood education, child development, and parenting courses. She received her Master's Degree from San Jose State University and her community college life credential with coursework from the University of California at Berkeley. Her experience includes working as an elementary school teacher, preschool owner/director, work experience instructor/advisor, early childhood and family studies community college and university instructor, and an education consultant in public, private, and parent cooperative programs. Ms. Machado is an active participant in several professional organizations concerned with the education and well being of young children and their families. She is a past president of California Community College Early Childhood Educators and the Peninsula Chapter of the California Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition to EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES IN LANGUAGE ARTS, she co-authored (with Dr. Helen Meyer-Botnarescue) STUDENT TEACHING: EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICUM GUIDE, 7th Edition (2011); and (with Romana Reynolds) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION: HOW TO SECURE YOUR CAREER (2006).

Helen C. Botnarescue, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus at the California State University. She currently chairs the Heritage Committee of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the International Committee for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), and co-chairs the Retired Members' Committee of OMEP. She is a three-time president of the California ACEI, and has served twice as a Region 10 representative to NAECTE. Helen is a regular contributor to several publications including Childhood Education, the ACEI journal The Activist, and Our Heritage Today, two of the newsletters of ACEI. Dr. Botnarescue mentors new teachers and advises the principal of her church school and regularly tutors children for the Redwood City Elementary School District.

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