Clinical Community B
Deadline for submitting registration form is March 23rd, 2015.
What is Clinical Community B?
Clinical Community B, often called Block B, is a semester in which students take methods courses while also completing a clinical experience, with a partner, in an elementary (K-5) classroom. For most students this is their first intensive experience in the classroom. Students also participate in an orientation to the program and four large group seminars focusing on different classroom management frameworks or programs.
Why is Clinical Community B important?
Clinical Community B is designed to prepare students for student teaching. Over the course of the semester, students grow considerably in their ability to plan, teach, reflect on and improve their teaching. Through Clinical Community B, students begin developing the qualities of a caring intellectual: growing in knowledge, skills and disposition according to the 10 InTASC Teaching Standards and the 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards.
Elementary and Dual Elementary/Special Education majors take Clinical Community B as a special part of their program in the semester before student teaching, or for dual majors, in the semester before Advanced Practicum. Students wishing to register for Clinical Community B before this time or before completing all required education courses will need special permission.
Clinical Community B is also open to students in ESL and Special Education programs. Special Education students are required to take Math Methods (TCHLRN/ELEM ED 384), but can take other Clinical Community B courses if they like.
As part of Clinical Community B, students take three methods courses and one clinical experiences in teaching and classroom management course. The courses for Clinical Community B are as follows: TCHLRN/ELEM ED 316 (Science and Environmental Studies Methods), 317 (Social Studies Methods), 360 (Clinical Experiences in Teaching and Classroom Management) and 384 (Math Methods).
In methods courses, students study theories, standards, curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment. They also learn to create lesson and unit plans for teaching these subjects in their clinical placements. TCHLRN/ELEM ED 360 (Clinical Experiences in Teaching and Classroom Management) includes both seminars and a clinical experience. Classroom management seminars introduce different frameworks or programs for classroom management, including Conscious Discipline, Love and Logic, and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
During the clinical experience students observe and assist an elementary teacher one and a half days a week for approximately eight weeks of the semester. During this time, students learn about classroom routines, teaching responsibilities, the needs of elementary learners, and the teaching of mathematics, science and socials studies through observations and discussions with their cooperating teachers. Students often lead classroom routines, work with individuals and small groups, and may lead curricular activities. In the second half of the semester, students devote one week to teaching a science unit and another two weeks to teaching a social studies unit. During the semester they will also teach math lessons according to the schedule at their school placement or integrate math lessons with science and/or social studies lessons.
Students taking Clinical Community B are required to block out their schedules from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Class meeting times often vary from the schedule in Titan Web. A schedule for the semester will be emailed after registration. Students should pay close attention, as it will include changes in class times and locations, seminar dates, times and locations, and the clinical placement schedule. For an example of the Clinical Community B schedule, please see the calendar listed below.
Students not taking all of Clinical Community B courses are required to attend all class meetings according to the schedule for Clinical Community B, but are not required to attend activities in clinical placements (classroom management seminars, observations/assistance days in clinical placement, full weeks of teaching in clinical placement, and parent-teacher conferences). Students not taking all of Clinical Community B should indicate on their registration form the classes they would like to take, but should also be aware that they will be placed in sections according to the order of their registration.
Students taking all Community Block B courses are required to have a teaching partner. Students only taking methods courses are not required to have a partner. Partners must have compatible licensures and similar placement preferences. Students are given an opportunity to request a partner on the registration form. The department will match students who do not indicate a preference or whose preferred partner is incompatible with placement preference and licensure. Students will be notified about their partners after all students have been enrolled in Titan Web.
Students taking any part of Clinical Community B should complete Clinical Community B registration form. The deadline for these forms is March 23rd. Students who fail to meet the registration deadline will need special permission to enroll in Clinical Community B.
The department will enroll students in Titan Web by April 1st. Students will receive an email from the department confirming registration for Clinical Community B after enrollment.
Questions regarding academic plans and courses to take should be directed to advisors. For all other questions, contact the department through the Block B support email: TL2@uwosh.edu.
Classroom Management Log (doc)
- Lesson Plan Template (doc)
Lesson Plan Template (pdf — fill-in) Please note: To be able to save the pdf formatted form onto your desktop, you must download Adobe Reader 9. This Lesson Plan Template has boxes to complete but space is very limited.
Lesson Plan Template (pdf) Please note: You may print this version and then finish completing the form.