Need: While EDU students all do Field Experiences anywhere from 10 – 30 hours, sometimes their experiences don’t directly correlate to the competencies of the course they are taking.
Strategy: In an effort to more closely align this, I created a “Virtual Class Visitation” assignment where my students had to visit at least four virtual classroom experiences for a minimum of 40 minutes. They were directed to two credible, research-backed, best-practices websites, Edutopia and The Teaching Channel. They had to fill out a matrix (see attached) which ID’ed the particular segment, the source (link), an explanation of the lesson, and 3 take-aways (specifically related to our course competencies).
Results: Assignments were 100% submitted with complete accuracy regarding the specified competencies. Subsequent class discussion reflected their satisfaction, and a survey rated the overall experience at a 4.4 out of 5. One of the things they liked the most was they could do this on their time. This was a worthy endeavor that, short of an actual class visit, helped to focus their needs.