Do you think becoming a teacher is in your future? Would you like to work with young children as a teacher’s helper? Do you want to know how you can become your child’s first and best teacher? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher is the course for you.
Taking Kindergarten Apprentice Teacher will help you become knowledgeable about learning styles, characteristics of young learners, lesson planning and teaching techniques. As the course progresses, you will observe one period and teach five pre-planned lessons in a kindergarten classroom.
It is essential that you, as a student, contact and contract with a kindergarten teacher that is receptive to your presence in the class and that you are able to travel to the elementary school for 30-45 minutes one day a week for 6 weeks to observe and present your lessons. These classroom visits usually begin the fifth week of class.
During Term 2, you will observe for one VHS period in a pre-kindergarten classroom and for another VHS period in a first grade classroom. These visits will give you the opportunity to observe how the school curriculum begins in the pre-kindergarten classroom and spirals through the kindergarten and first grade classroom building on and expanding the skills taught the previous years. These contacts and observations usually occur during Weeks 10 and 11. Your Site Coordinator will be able to help you with both the kindergarten classroom arrangements and the Pre-K/First Grade classroom arrangements.
Each student will be evaluated on weekly contributions to discussions, reading assignments, written lesson plans and delivery, as well as a variety of other experiences and assignments related to understanding the cognitive processes inherent in young children. Each of you will also come away from this experience with a new appreciation for the happy, loving outlook that kindergarten students have for their world and all the people in their world, including you.