SLDM Teaching Practicum

SLDM_teaching_practicum_01The SLDM Teaching Practicum module is exclusively for trainees who have completed the Theory Module. Trainees have up to one year to complete a variety of assignments that require active 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.
All qualified teachers in the public school system are required to do a practicum in order to teach. 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.

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.

feedbackcycleHere is a brief summary of the Practicum activities. Trainees can complete these assignments in any order, at their own pace:

Teaching Experiences

  1. Submitting series and individual lesson plans for review
  2. Self Evaluations
  3. Video or Live teaching assessment, by M&T (this is for feedback purposes, not evaluation)
  4. Before-and-After Video of student(s)


  1. Pro Workshop Observations
  2. Assisting Classes
  3. Local Series ObservationsPracticumFeedbackloop

Community Involvement

Submit a report on any (or any combination) of your community contributions either live or on social media.

Case Studies

Choice of 3 case studies: prepare a short report on an analysis of the issues, your choice of approach appropriate to the student(s) and circumstances, possible pitfalls associated with your plan, and a step-by-step breakdown of your solution.

The Teachers’ LabSLDM_teaching_practicum_01

This is a 4-hour LIVE session offered at select events. Pre-requisite: Theory Module. Unlike an public intensive, the Lab is restricted to SLDM trainees and graduates. Trainees who have completed the Theory Module can participate in any Teachers’ Lab, at any time. While it is considered to be one of the Practicum activities, there is a separate fee for this session. Read all the details here.