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Paraprofessional Pre-Clinical Observation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EDN 103

       Course Name: Paraprofessional Pre-Clinical Observation

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides opportunity for observations in local schools, for Associate of Applied Science-Paraprofessional Educator majors. Content includes ten hours of hands-on experience in local schools through service learning opportunities; initial class meeting to prepare for pre-clinical experience; final class meeting to reflect upon pre-clinical experience.

IV.   Learning Objectives

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

A.    Demonstrate an awareness of different aspects of the teaching profession.
B.    Demonstrate an awareness of the responsibilities of a teacher / paraprofessional teacher.
C.    Demonstrate an ability to interact appropriately with children in a classroom setting.
D.    Identify and discuss ethical issues surrounding the observation of and interaction with children in a school setting.
E.    Practice the art of being a reflective practitioner.
F.    Communicate more clearly why they are drawn to the teaching profession and describe in which kind of classroom they see themselves working in the future.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Wk. 1 (3 hrs.)
• Introduction to Course
• Overview of Placement Process
• Overview of Ethics of Observing and Working in Schools
Wk. 2 (3 hrs.)
• Teacher and Paraprofessional Roles in the Classroom
• Philosophical Orientations of Teachers
• Take Instructional Orientation Profile
Wk. 3
• Conduct In-School Service Learning Projects (3-5 hrs.)
• Complete exercises pp. 21-28 in workbook
Wk. 4
• Conduct In-School Service Learning Projects (3-5 hrs.)
• Complete exercises pp. 30-39 in workbook
Wk. 5
• Conduct In-School Service Learning Projects (3-5 hrs.)
• Personal Philosophy of Education due
• Share and discuss philosophies with group (either on-line or in person)
Wk. 6 (3 hrs.)
• Sharing of Experiences
• Conducting Final Exercises Surrounding Students’ Philosophies of Education
• Retake Instructional Orientation Profile
• Personal Philosophy of Education revision due
• Reflection due

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will consist of hands-on experience in schools, student presentations, class discussions, and group work.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students must attend all on-campus meetings of the class.  There is no way to make-up the vital information shared in these discussions.  Absence from or severe tardiness to these class sessions will be grounds for failure of the course.

Students are expected to be present for all arranged pre-clinical hours at the schools.  Students must immediately notify both the school and the instructor in all cases of failure to attend scheduled pre-clinical hours.  Two unexplained absences will be grounds for failure of the course. 

Students are expected to be on time for all arranged pre-clinical hours at the schools.  More than three instances of tardiness beyond ten minutes will be grounds for failure of the course. 

While at the host school, students are required to abide by all school policies regarding such things as dress codes, smoking, eating and drinking in classes, chewing gum, and cell phone / beeper usage.  Remember at all times that you are a guest in the school.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A.    Class Participation
 Student must be present and active in class meetings as well as group meetings and individual meetings with instructor.

B.    Completion of Service Learning Hours
** Completion of Service Learning Hours is required to pass this course.  There is no grade assigned to these hours, but failure to complete all ten hours will result in an “F” for the course.

C.    Personal Philosophy of Education
Students will write a two- to three- page personal philosophy of education based on the framework provided in the textbook.  This paper must be typewritten, double-spaced, spell and grammar checked, and present a clear flow of ideas.  Margins should be no larger than 1-inch.  Students must use a normal font (Arial, Times New Roman) and have the font size set at 10 or 12.  Late papers will not be accepted, but students will be able to revise papers one time.
  
D.    Workbook Exercises
Students will be expected to complete the workbook exercises and turn them in to the instructor by the end of the week in which they are listed on the syllabus.  These items can be handwritten, but must be legible and thoughtfully completed. 

E.    Reflection on Service Learning Experience
Students will write a two-page reflection on their service learning experience. This paper must be typewritten, double-spaced, spell and grammar checked, and present a clear flow of ideas.  Margins should be no larger than 1-inch.  Students must use a normal font (Arial, Times New Roman) and have the font size set at 10 or 12.  Late papers will not be accepted.

F.    Group Interaction
Students will meet with their group once towards the end of the course to discuss their experiences in the schools.  If all group members are able, students can conduct this meeting via e-mail.  Each group must turn in notes from the meeting to the instructor.
 
G.    Evaluation

Class Participation                    25 points
Personal Philosophy of Education             25 points
Workbook Exercises                    25 points
Reflection                        15 points
Group Interaction                    10 points
_______
100 points

H.    Final Grade

90% - 100%     = A
80% - 90%     = B
70% - 80%     = C
60% - 70%     = D
Below 60%     = F

I.    Special Dispensation

Any student who feels that s/he needs other means of grading must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the first exam.  I am willing to work with any student to overcome problems.

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Work will not be accepted after the due date.

B. This course contributes to the fulfillment of the following skill standards for Paraprofessionals working in general education established by the Education and Training Voluntary Partnership and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.


ETVP Standard Assignment
Standard 1
Assist teacher with classroom instruction
• Service Learning Opportunity

Standard 3
Manage student behavior
• Service Learning Opportunity
Standard 4
Support a safe learning environment
• Service Learning Opportunity



This course also contributes to the fulfillment of the following AFT
Paraprofessional standards recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Standard II: B - Decision Making Service Learning Opportunity
Standard II: C - Problem Solving Service Learning Opportunity
Standard II: D - Integrating New Knowledge Service Learning Opportunity
Personal Philosophy
Reflection
Standard III: A - Listening Service Learning Opportunity
Class Discussions
Group Work
Standard III: B - Speaking Service Learning Opportunity
Class Discussions
Group Work
Standard III: D - Respect for Cultural Diversity Service Learning Opportunity
Class Interactions
Standard III: E - Respect for Views of Others Service Learning Opportunity
Class Discussions
Group Work
Standard III: F - Ability to Work as a Team Member Group Work
Standard IV: A - Responsibility Service Learning Opportunity
Attendance
Group Work
Standard IV: B - Self-Esteem Personal Philosophy
Reflection
Standard IV: C - Sociability Service Learning Opportunity
Standard IV: D - Self-Management Service Learning Opportunity
Standard V: D - Laws, Policies and Procedures Service Learning Opportunity


If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.