While the eventual success of a teacher candidate may not depend upon it, it is safe to say that the most important factor in a positive and productive practicum is a collegial relationship among all members of the Practicum Triad.
The triad consists of:
- The school advisor(s)
- The faculty advisor
- The teacher candidate
All of the members of this triad have inter-related but distinct roles. Specific roles for each member of the triad during the two-week practicum experience are as follows. (More detailed information can be found in the BEd Practicum Guidelines.)
- Finalize a proper load of classes for your teacher candidate;
- Provide support, encouragement, and practice;
- Provide regular observations and give appropriate feedback;
- Participate in all required triad meetings; and
- Complete the EDUC 315 School Orientation Practicum Form, due at the Teacher Education Office at the end of the two-week practicum (or in some cases after the conclusion of the one-day-a-week school visits).
- Provide support and guidance to other triad members;
- Provide regular observations and appropriate feedback;
- Arrange for cross check observations if needed; and
- Coordinate the completion of the EDUC 315 School Orientation Practicum Form (above) with the school advisor(s).
- Prepare adequately for all courses/units taught;
- Participate in all triad meetings;
- Act as a liaison (if needed) between the school advisor(s) and the faculty advisor;
- Reflect appropriately on practice;
- Respond appropriately to all feedback received by advisors; and
- Fully understand what needs to be prepared before the beginning of the extended practicum.