Colby College
Education Program

ED 351/355: Practicum in Education
January 2006




MARK B. TAPPAN, Professor of Education and Human Development

Lovejoy 350

(O) 872-3680

(H) 877-6675



The purpose of this practicum is to expose you to the realities of public school teaching, and to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between educational theory and pedagogical practice. Your responsibilities will include tutoring, working with individual students on special projects, working with small groups, preparing lesson plans, and presenting several lessons to the entire class.


Salas, Kelly, et al. (Eds.). (2004). The new teacher book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.

Reading Schedule:

January 5-11, 2006:

Introduction & Chapter 1
January 12-18, 2006:

Chapter 3

January 19-25, 2006:

 Chapter 2

January 26-31, 2006:

Chapter 4


Reflective Journal Guidelines

Final Essay Guidelines

Expectations, Guidelines, and Evaluation:

Practicum Expectations and Policies

Letter to Supervising Teacher

Letter to "Student Teachers"

Practicum Evaluation Form

Web Sites for School Closings and Cancellations:

The Morning Sentinel


School Pictures

Web Pages for Local Schools:

The George J. Mitchell School, Waterville ME

The Albert S. Hall School, Waterville ME

Waterville Junior High School, Waterville ME

Waterville Senior High School, Waterville ME

The James H. Bean School, Sydney ME (MSAD 47)

Atwood Primary School, Oakland ME (MSAD 47)

Williams Elementary School, Oakland ME (MSAD 47)

Messalonskee Middle School, Oakland ME (MSAD 47)

Lawrence Junior High School, Fairfield ME (MSAD 49)

Winslow Junior High School, Winslow ME (School Union 52)

Kennebec Montessori School, Fairfield ME

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