SLDM Teaching Practicum

Get coaching on your terms

The SLDM Teaching Practicum module is exclusively for trainees who have completed the Theory Module.

The primary purpose of the Teaching Practicum is support: to guide you as you incorporate these new methods into your own teaching. Our goal is to support your learning, and in turn to support your teaching. The Practicum includes ongoing coaching from Myles and Tessa in the form of email feedback and problem solving on teaching topics during the assignments.

 The majority of the Practicum assignments are done remotely at your own pace – we do not need to be physically present together, and you do not need to wait for a particular event or Intensive.

The secondary purpose is quality control: to ensure that the methods learned are being applied responsibly, making you accountable for the quality of your teaching. No one expects you to be perfect at applying your new skills! These will take time to experiment and feel comfortable with, which is the purpose of the Practicum. What matters more is thoughtful decision making, self-reflection, and critical thinking.

 

The value of feedback

All qualified teachers in the public school system are required to do a practicum in order to become certified as a teacher. Why? Because research shows that you can’t learn to teach by reading about it. You need to practice, reflect, receive feedback, and revise. This feedback loop is exactly what the Teaching Practicum module is for.

There are three main types of feedback that actually work: appreciation, coaching and evaluation. They each have different functions.
feedbackcycle

  • Appreciation motivates and encourages
  • Coaching helps you improve and grow
  • Evaluation helps you understand where you stand, and what’s expected of you.

In the Practicum, you can expect a healthy balance of all three.

 

Projects

The Practicum projects are designed to cause you to plan, reflect, and analyze your role as a teacher, and that of fellow teachers. There are several different projects in this Module but no quizzes.

You can complete them in any order, at your own pace. Some projects are more intense than others, so they are worth more credits.

You can choose which projects to complete, based on your learning preferences and available teaching environment. The Practicum is considered complete when you have accumulated 8 credits, but there is no restriction on maximum credits.

 

Project Menu

Project Credits
Video or  Live* Teaching Critique
Including self-evaluations. *Subject to Availability.
2
Planning
Get feedback on your Series Plan and 3 Lesson Plans
1
Observations
Report on 4 different instructors’ classes
1
Community Involvement
Report on your leadership activities
1
Case Studies
Hypothetical problem solving activities
1
Teachers’ Lab*
Assist in a live Swing Literacy Intensive. *See below.
2
Private Student Assessments
Assess your students and create a progress plan
1
Advanced Curriculum
Use the SLDM to strategize for advanced classes
1
TOTAL required for CERTIFICATION 8

 

While most active teachers could realistically complete these projects in a few months, we expect you to complete them within a year of starting.

 

Certification

After completing the Teaching Practicum, teachers are fully certified in the Swing Literacy Development Method, will receive a certificate, and may list this designation next to their names on promotional material.

 

*The Teachers’ Lab

This is a 1-4 hour LIVE session offered at select events, which can be delivered as a private lesson OR integrated into a Swing Literacy Intensive. Trainees enrolled in the Teaching Practicum can participate in any Teachers’ Lab, at any time. Remember, this is only one of the list of projects you can complete for credit, so it is not required.

 

 

Completed the Theory Module? You can access this now!

and enjoy these extra resources:

  • Basic Pattern Step Sequences
  • Beginner Skill Progression Teaching Notes
  • Beginner Assessment Checklist
  • Beginner Rubric
  • Intermediate Skill Progression Teaching Notes
  • Lesson Plan
  • Class Observation
  • Peer Feedback
  • Code of Conduct
  • Welcome Package for New Dancers
  • NCCP Code of Ethics
  • Student Profile & Progress Plan

Graduates can register for the Practicum upgrade in the Back Office here:

Back Office

 

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