In UBC’s BEd program, teacher candidates spend more time than ever in schools with three practica (weekly day-long visits, 2-week fall practicum, 10-week spring practicum). They also undertake a 3-week community field experience to broaden their concept of educational spaces and opportunities. In many cases, this field experience occurs outside of schools in placements hosted by community partners, while others take place in a school context very different from the practicum site.
The strong relationships UBC holds with school districts are critical to the success of the program. Districts provide an essential context in which candidates enact the principles and pedagogies central to their on-campus coursework. Teachers who act as school advisor-mentors model exemplary classroom practices, share the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of what they do and provide invaluable feedback and support during practicum.
UBC teacher candidates undertake an inquiry project as a key part of their program. as well. They develop an inquiry mindset as they explore questions that emerge from their weekly experiences in schools, from their own history as students and from their coursework. An inquiry seminar takes place in each term of the program and forms part of their practicum plan and experience.
This year a group of candidates is working with Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Dean of Indigenous Education on individual ReconciliAction projects co-developed and co-explored with their school advisors. Others are working with teachers in their practicum schools to understand and implement BC’s redesigned curricula.
Don’t miss the BC Teacher Education Roundtable Conference held in UBC’s brand new Education Ponderosa building. All are welcome! It kicks off with a keynote and reception starting at 4 pm on Thursday, May 11 and a full day of seminars on Friday, May 12. Learn about the power of practicum and its many possibilities.