Clinical field experience a: observation of learning environments, | Learning Environments for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Allocate at least 4 hours in the field to support this field experience.

Observe and collaborate with a K-12 certified special education teacher in an inclusive classroom, resource room, and/or self-contained classroom on the elements that help create a positive, safe, and productive learning environment. Your final observations and summary of your hands-on experiences will be due in Clinical Field Experience B.

While you are observing, use the “Clinical Field Experience A: Observation” template to take notes about the elements of the classroom learning environment.

Use any remaining field experience hours to provide support or assistance to the class as directed by your mentor.

At the bottom of the template provide a 250-500 word rationale why you chose this grade level and environment to observe. Summarize your findings about the elements of the classroom learning environment on the “Clinical Field Experience A: Observation” template.

Explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice, specifically in terms of how you will work with paraprofessionals, other faculty members, and teachers.