Doing Field Experience
With PENT students employed at the community schools as a classroom paraprofessional, they are expected to integrate student teaching with work in the school. As students progress through the program, they are expected to assume greater responsibilities for planning and teaching. PENT students start by teaching small groups and then progress to teaching entire classes. They are expected to teach and implement all current curricula: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. PENT students must demonstrate teaching ability in their final year by teaching all curriculum areas for an extended period of time.
Evaluation of Field Experience
PENT supervisors will observe and evaluate each PENT student two or more times each year. Expectations for these visits are detailed in the Field Experience section of the Student Handbook. PENT students are expected to seek and receive assistance and feedback from their cooperating teachers and principals on a regular basis as they develop their student teaching skills.