Teaching and Learning
Clinical Community B
Clinical Community B, often called Block B, is a semester in which students take methods courses while also completing a clinical experience, with a partner, in an elementary (K-5) classroom. For most students, this is their first intensive experience in the classroom. Students also participate in an orientation to the program and four large -group seminars focusing on different classroom management frameworks or programs.
Designed to prepare students for student teaching, Block B helps students grow in ability in regards to planning, teaching, reflecting on and improving their teaching. Clinical Community B students begin developing the qualities of a caring intellectual: growing in knowledge, skills and disposition according to the 10 InTASC Teaching Standards and the 10 Wisconsin Teaching Standards.
Registration Information for Clinical B is sent out approximately one month before class registration begins. Please watch your email for this information.
Who take Clinical Community B?
- Elementary and Dual Elementary/Special Education majors take Clinical Community B as a special part of their program in the semester before student teaching, or for dual majors, in the semester before Advanced Practicum.
- Students wishing to register for Clinical Community B before this time or before completing all required education courses will need special permission.
- Clinical Community B is also open to students in ESL and Special Education programs. Special Education students are required to take Math Methods (ELEM ED 384) but may take other Clinical Community B courses if they like.
What courses are included in Clinical Community B?
As part of Clinical Community B, students take three methods courses and one clinical experiences in teaching and classroom management course. The courses for Clinical Community B are as follows:
- ELEM ED 316 (Science and Environmental Studies Methods)
- ELEM ED 317 (Social Studies Methods)
- ELEM ED 384 (Math Methods)
In methods courses, students study theories, standards, curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment. They also learn to create lesson and unit plans for teaching these subjects in their clinical placements.
- ELEM ED 360 (Clinical Experiences in Teaching and Classroom Management) includes both seminars and clinical experience. Classroom management seminars introduce different frameworks or programs for classroom management, including Conscious Discipline, Love and Logic and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
What will my clinical experience be like?
During the clinical experience, students observe and assist an elementary teacher one and a half days a week for approximately eight weeks of the semester. During this time, students learn about classroom routines, teaching responsibilities, the needs of elementary learners, and the teaching of mathematics, science and socials studies through observations and discussions with their cooperating teachers.
Students often lead classroom routines, work with individuals and small groups, and may lead curricular activities. In the second half of the semester, students devote one week to teaching a science unit and another two weeks to teaching a social studies unit. During the semester they will also teach math lessons according to the schedule at their school placement or integrate math lessons with science and/or social studies lessons.
What will my schedule look like for Clinical Community B?
Students taking Clinical Community B are required to block out their schedules from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A complete calendar for the semester will be emailed after registration. Students should pay close attention to this calendar as it will include changes in class times and locations, seminar dates, times and locations, and the clinical placement schedule.
Students not taking all of Clinical Community B courses are required to attend all class meetings according to the schedule for Clinical Community B, but are not required to attend activities in clinical placements (classroom management seminars, observations/assistance days in clinical placement, full weeks of teaching in clinical placement, and parent-teacher conferences). Students not taking all of Clinical Community B should register for the sections they need through Titan Web.
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Do I need a partner and who will be my partner?
Students taking all Community Block B courses are required to have a teaching partner. Students only taking methods courses are not required to have a partner.
- Partners must be seeking compatible licensures and similar placement preferences and are required to take the same sections of the Block B Courses.
This means that students seeking the MC-EA license must partner with someone seeking the same license. Those seeking an EC-MC license must partner with someone seeking the same license.
- You will have an opportunity to request a partner when you receive placement information from the Office of Field Experience.
- Students who do not indicate a partner preference will be matched with a compatible partner from the same section.
How do I register for classes in Clinical Community B?
Block B students must enroll themselves in each of the following classes:
- Elem Ed 316, 317 and 384. All of your classes must be within the same ‘section’. There are multiple ‘sections’ for each class, and if you enroll in Section 001 for 316, you must then enroll in Section 001 for 317 and 384.
- If you have a preferred partner in mind, make sure to enroll in the same section as your partner, as students in different sections will not have the opportunity to be paired together.
The Teaching and Learning Department will enroll you in each of the following classes:
- Initially, all students will be enrolled in the same Section for 360, to be split at a later date once field supervisors have been designated.
Who do I contact if I am having problems registering or if I have questions?
All questions regarding academic plans and courses should be directed to your advisor.
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