All EDU courses require a Field Experience (where students go into a local K-12 classroom, under the tutelage of a certified teacher). Taking students through the process to ensure their success is always a challenge, since there are a variety of factors beyond our control (Fingerprint Clearance Card acquisition - FPC -, school placement, etc.). EDU teachers have incorporated a variety of documents and strategies to help achieve a higher success rate (see attachments). The frustration is that the Field Experience explanation is in the first week of school (so students can get an early start on a lengthy process), and students often don't get their FPC until 8 weeks into the semester and thus can't get placed until then. To reduce questions when this happens, we instituted a "Field Experience Quiz" to be taken the first week in the semester. Not only have inquiries from students been reduced by more than 50%, but when we do get an inquiry, we simply refer them to their quiz rather than looking the information up and relate it to them. True, the quiz has reduced our load considerably, but more importantly, it has made our students more self sufficient.
HI Pete, A quiz is a great idea to keep the students on task, accountable and focused. I am look forward to seeing the results. Thanks, Olga
This is great. It gives the students a heads up about what they should expect. As you stated, the accountability piece, when they have questions, is important. It also gives you sanity (don't have to answer the same questions so many times and every semester.....that becomes frustrating).
Very nice way to make students acountable. I use a similar approach with my syllabus. The syllabus quiz focues on deadlines, resources, class room management, etc.
It is amazing how fewer questions there are when a quiz is involved. I like it!