The objective of the Teaching Practica is to improve your teaching methods and expand your professional education skills. These objectives are achieved by giving graduate students multiple opportunities to teach a variety of ages under the guidance and close mentorship of Teton Science Schools’ Graduate Program faculty. During the practica, students will develop curriculum, apply coursework content, build the core competencies of a skilled educator, and nurture their instructional identity. Throughout the year, graduate students have the opportunity to teach in Teton Science Schools’ independent Journeys School or Teton Valley Community School, in the field with visiting school groups and at numerous regional schools through state-wide outreach. In total, you will complete over 600 hours of mentored teaching.
Each season presents new opportunities for development of educational skills and topics; emphases will be approached on a continuum, with mentors and graduate students focusing on individual expertise and teaching goals. The seasonal progression includes the following topics:
Student management, positive learning environments, field teaching techniques, place-based education and reflective practice.
Winter - Instructional and assessment strategies, learning styles, developmental theory and teaching science as inquiry.
Spring - Curriculum planning, backwards design, advanced lesson plan development, questioning strategies and action research.
The Capstone Teaching Practicum is the culminating experience of the Graduate Program. By planning, instructing, and assessing a full program, graduate students synthesize their year of residential learning in a challenging and practical way. Many students share that this was the most valuable experience of their year in the Graduate Program.