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									                              MSSE 690 Internship in Middle Education
                                         James Madison University
                                                Fall 2011

               1st block       4 units Section 104 Middle School Math          August 29 - October 14
               2nd block       4 units Section 206 Middle School Science       October 17 – December 16

                                University Supervisor Contact Information

       Kristy L. Dunlap, Ph.D.                                 Phone: 571-247-7346 (cell)
       Email:                                 Office: Memorial Hall 3220 H

                                      Course Overview & Objectives

During this internship, JMU teacher candidates will experience the full range of conditions and tasks
expected of a teacher for students in grades 6-12. Candidates will be expected to develop and
demonstrate competencies in teaching with the supervision and support of experienced teachers.
Furthermore, they will demonstrate mastery of James Madison University’s eleven Conceptual Framework
competencies (attached).

At the conclusion of this experience, candidates will understand that…
     Adolescent development occurs within the context of classrooms, families, peer groups,
        communities, and schools.
     A range of individual differences affect how students learn.
     Effective curriculum is inclusive, challenging, integrative, exploratory, and relevant to students’
        lives within and beyond school.
     Effective instructional strategies capitalize on adolescents’ intellectual, social, and emotional
     Instruction and assessment are interdependent elements in the instructional design process.
     A deep and broad understanding of both content and students should drive instructional design.

At the conclusion of this experience, candidates will be able to…
     Plan and teach collaboratively with a more experienced teacher.
     Plan and teach independently.
     Promote students’ academic, social, emotional, and moral development through the appropriate
        use of assessment and instructional practices.
     Apply knowledge and skills to support learners in achieving the appropriate Virginia Standards of
        Learning for grades 6-12.
     Select academically challenging, culturally sensitive, and personally motivating curricular materials
        to help learners develop knowledge and skills, sustain intellectual curiosity, and solve complex and
        engaging problems.
     Use technology as a tool for teaching, learning, research, and communication.
     Use differentiated instruction and flexible grouping to meet the needs of adolescents at different
        stages of development, readiness, and achievement.
     Modify learning environment and instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of students,
        including those with disabilities, gifted students, and ELLs.
     Use formal and informal assessments to diagnose students’ needs, plan and modify instruction,
        and document student progress.
     Utilize effective classroom management skills to cultivate and maintain a positive learning

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   Grow and develop professionally through reflection, collaboration, and continuous learning.

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                                            Course Requirements

To successfully complete this internship experience, candidates are expected to:
1. Exhibit professional behaviors at all times.
    o Seek and understand the unique policies and practices of host schools.
    o Establish positive and professional relationships with members of the school community.
2. Demonstrate understanding of the JMU Conceptual Framework and the Middle & Secondary Education
knowledge base.
3. Download, print, and have readily available the Student Teaching Performance Guide. This document can
be located at Candidates are
expected to thoroughly read the guide and use it as a reference when questions about the placement arise.
4. Follow all student teaching policies and procedures outlined in the Student Teaching Performance Guide.
5. Submit all forms, reports, and assessments identified in the Student Teaching Performance Guide. An
overview of these forms is provided in this syllabus.
    o Please note that candidates should complete the Weekly Teaching Plan and Weekly Projection
       Form in Tk20 no later than Monday of each week.
    o Candidates should also review and consider the instructional implications of the performance
       indicators outlined in forms ST-8 and ST-9. These forms will be used by the US and CT to assess
       candidates’ progress. Candidates will also be asked to use these forms as a basis for self-
       assessment and reflection throughout the placement.
6. Maintain regular communication with the Cooperating Teacher (CT) and University Supervisor (US)
regarding teaching responsibilities, observations, meetings, and other relevant matters. At a minimum,
candidates should meet weekly with their CTs to discuss progress, areas for improvement, and future
7. Understand that no sick days or personal days are built into the placement schedule.
    o In the event that the candidate must be absent due to illness, s/he must contact the CT, US, and
       department chair (Dr. Steve Purcell <>) as soon as possible to inform them of the
       absence and to make provisions for any rescheduling that needs to be done.
    o Leave for conferences or interviews may be granted by following the appropriate procedures.
       Candidates are to review the procedures outlined in the Student Teaching Performance Guide and to
       complete and submit all required forms.
8. Develop written lesson plans for each lesson or lesson portion to be taught.
    o The format for daily lesson plans should be developed in collaboration with the CT and US. At a
       minimum, this format should include relevant standards, learning goals for students, instructional
       procedures, and assessment method(s).
9. Schedule and teach (at least) three lessons during each block that are observed by the US.
    o For each formal observation, candidates will utilize a lesson plan format from one of their earlier
       methods courses (370 / 470 / 570).
    o Lesson plans for observed lessons should be submitted to the US via email at least 48 hours in
       advance of the scheduled observation.
    o Pre-observation conferences between the candidate and US are highly recommended to identify
       areas of concentration for the observation. The conferences may be conducted in person, by
       phone, or via email.
    o Post-observation conferences will be conducted following each observation. Ideally, these will
       take place immediately following the observed lesson.

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The James Madison University Honor System applies fully for all work done in this course. All course
activities must be completed in accordance with the University Honor Code from the Honor Council Web
site: All written work must be created by the student and
assistance received from another student or consultant must be noted. Assignments submitted to meet
requirements of courses other than MSSE 675 will not be accepted.
  Students are responsible for registering for classes and for verifying their class schedules on e-campus.
  The deadline for dropping and/or adding a Fall Semester class on e-campus is Tuesday, September 6,
   2011. Dropping a class after these dates but before the course adjustment deadlines result in a “W”
   grade on the transcript and tuition charges.
  The deadline for adding classes with instructor & academic unit head permission is Thursday, September
   15, 2011. Students will not be allowed to add classes after this deadline and will not be permitted to
   continue attending a class if they are not on the official e-campus class roster.
  The course adjustment deadline to withdraw with a “W” grade or change credit options, including from
   graded credit to credit/no credit or credit/no credit to graded credit is Thursday, October 27, 2011.
  The administrative drop policy for non-attendance of the College of Education will be followed for this

JMU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which
mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a
disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact
me early in the semester so that we can arrange or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If
you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services, the designated
office on campus to provide services for students with disabilities. The office is located in Wilson Hall,
Room 107, and you may call 540-568-6705 for more information.

During your student teaching semester in Fairfax County Public Schools, follow the FCPS school calendar
and inclement weather policies and schedule.
FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather. These are put into effect when
conditions threaten the safety of children and FCPS staff who are walking, driving, or riding buses to
schools. These schedules are: 
(1) Keep schools closed. (2) Open two hours late. (3) Close two hours early.
As soon as a decision is made to implement one of these changes, the information is posted on FCPS cable
Channel 21 and appears on the FCPS web site - E-mail notifications will be made through the
KIT system. For more information, please refer to The news will also be carried
by radio and television stations, which are notified as quickly as possible after a decision is made. Please do
not phone individual schools or one of the stations for this information. 

For details about JMU’s cancellation policy on campus see

Students should notify me no later than the end of the Drop-Add period the first week of the semester of
potential scheduled absences and determine if mutually acceptable alternative methods exist for
completing the missed classroom time or activity.

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                                 Abridged Guide to Student Teaching Forms

               Key: ST = Student Teacher; CT = Cooperating Teacher; US = University Supervisor

           Form                                                      Submission / Collection

 Student Teaching Planning                   Completed during initial meeting. Student demographic information
                                ST, CT, US
       Information                           submitted online by ST.

                                             Completed during weekly meetings between ST and CT.
   Student Teaching Plan          ST, CT
                                             ST will submit to US on a weekly basis (via Tk20).

                                             Completed during weekly meetings between ST and CT.
   Weekly Projection Form         ST, CT
                                             ST will submit to US on a weekly basis (via Tk20).

              Leave requests to be completed by ST as needed. Signed by CT and US; submitted to US.

 ST-7 – Optional form to be used by administrator during observation of ST. Copy retained by ST and administrator.
  Observation of Classroom
                                   US        Completed following each formal observation.
   Assessment of Student                     Completed and submitted online using TK20 at mid-term and final
                                  CT, US
          Teaching                           evaluations.
Student Teacher/Intern Check-                Paper copy completed by ST and signed by CT and building
          Out List                           administrator. Submitted to US at end of placement.
    University Supervisor
                                   ST        Completed and submitted online using TK20 at end of placement.
      Feedback Form
    University Supervisor
                                   CT        Completed and submitted online using TK20 at end of placement.
      Feedback Form
    Cooperating Teacher
                                   ST        Completed and submitted online using TK20 at end of placement.
      Feedback Form
    Cooperating Teacher
                                   US        Completed and submitted online using TK20 at end of placement.
      Feedback Form

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       Recommended Student Teaching Timeline – Block 1 (Aug 29 – Oct 14) & Block 2 (Oct 17 – Dec 16)

Though some flexibility is possible, it is highly recommended that candidates use this guide to plan for the
internship experience in order to fulfill all requirements.

Week                       Recommended Candidate Activities                                 Requirements
             Observe in classroom, learn students’ names
             Become acquainted with materials, equipment, records, grading
              software, etc.
             Study school policies, meet other faculty and staff
   1         Assume light instructional duties (helping individual students,        Schedule and conduct 3-way
              leading small group discussions, etc.)                                 planning conference: Student
             Share some cooperative teaching activities planned by the CT           Teacher, Cooperating
                                                                                     Teacher, and University
             Prepare for increasing teaching responsibilities
             Reflection emails between ST & CT with cc to US
             Continue observing in the assigned class and other classrooms in
              the school
             Increase responsibilities for small group instruction and increase
              role in planning cooperative teaching activities with the CT
             Assume responsibility for planning and learning instruction in at
              least one class each day
             Videotape 1st teaching lesson or activity – Block 2
             Reflection emails between ST & CT with cc to US
             Increase leadership responsibility during co-teaching activities
   3          with the CT
             Gradually add responsibility for planning and leading instruction in   Schedule and
              additional classes until a full load is reached and the student        conduct 1st
              teacher has assumed primary responsibility                             observation.    Schedule and
  4          Reflection emails between ST & CT with cc to US at end of each                         conduct mid-
              week                                                                                   term
             Continue with full-time teaching responsibilities, incorporating co-                   evaluation
              teaching activities with the CT as appropriate                                         conference:
   5                                                                                                 ST, CT, and
             Be sure that requirements for TWS are being fulfilled (if                              US.
              applicable)                                                            Schedule and
                                                                                     conduct 2nd
             Reflection emails between ST & CT with cc to US at end of each
             Videotape 2nd teaching lesson or activity – Block 2
             Request that an administrator observe teaching by ST
             Continue with planning and leading instruction
             Gradually decrease teaching responsibilities for most classes          Schedule and conduct 3rd
             Incorporate co-teaching strategies as appropriate                      observation.
             Reflection emails between ST & CT with cc to US
             Decrease teaching responsibilities for all classes
                                                                                     Schedule and conduct final
             Support CT through co-teaching methods as appropriate
  8                                                                                  evaluation conference:
             ST complete check-out list, feedback on US and placement – Tk20        ST, CT, and US.
             CT complete feedback on US - Tk20

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