[NOBE-L] seeking advice around student teaching issues
chase.crispin at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 21:17:55 UTC 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of your issues here. I completely disagree that you need an assistant, especially in this situation. Student teaching is a time to figure out how to get information in a non-visual way, and it is a time to problem solve strategies. But, this should be done with your cooperating teacher and possibly university supervisor and not with a specific assistant. I realize each state has different requirements, but I am not understanding why they think an assistant is necessary for the licensure process. I student taught in the fall of 2019 (half with elementary, half with high school). I did not have an assistant and also received my substitute teaching license during that semester. When my cooperating teacher was gone, I was able to be the substitute for the day and was the only adult in the room with the students at both the elementary and secondary level. I realize that doesn't give you any direct advice about your situation, but I do want you to know that you can do this. There is no reason you cannot student teach without an assistant. And, since there is a very specific number of hours required in the student teaching process, their delays are going to hinder you. I would think a reasonable accommodation would be for them to find someone to sit in the room with you temporarily until you resolve this. Ultimately, you need to get started ASAP. Are you at least able to visit the school you'll be in and start to get oriented in the space and meeting the faculty? Even if you can't work with students right away, this would be a huge help for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there's anything I can do to help you. I'm currently teaching middle school vocal music in Nebraska and am happy to help in any way I can. Good luck!
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Subject: [NOBE-L] seeking advice around student teaching issues
I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to seek advice around student teaching issues that I am having currently. I am in my final semester at Berkeley College of music, and my final requirement is my student teaching practicum. I started meeting with everyone involved on the team in May to finalize my accommodations, and I was told that I would need an assistant in order to be able to complete some of the visual requirements for assessment as far as practicum goes in order to get my licensure via the state department and their guidelines. when I asked why I needed another person with me in the classroom, they said that there were some things that needed to be assessed visually, and that’s why I would need it. Since then, there have been threads of emails back-and-forth, and I’ve helped vet some candidates. At the end of July, we vetted a candidate that was promising, and I assumed all was well. At the beginning of August, this month, my second placement could no longer support me, so they needed to find another. When I asked about how to proceed, they said that they were doing their best to ensure that I was covered and that I would have more information soon. It is now almost the end of the first week for the school district that my elementary placement is in, and the week before the Berklee semester starts. I still have no information after sending a follow-up email requesting that I get information about my placements, my schedule, and the assistant. I found out today that the assistant I had helped vet last month took another job, and the accessibility department thought that this had been communicated in earlier threads of emails. I was asked to conduct another interview tomorrow afternoon, still with no knowledge of a schedule or any information despite the assurance that this is their priority and they are doing everything they can. At this point, I feel that if they were doing everything they could, this wouldn’t be happening right now. I’m worried that the longer I wait And allow myself to keep getting the runaround when I ask for information, the longer it’s going to take for them to solidify somebody, thus, delaying my timeline for everything. I don’t think that I need an assistant to be able to complete all of this, and I don’t think it should be required, but I get the sense that they will tell me that I cannot start anything without my assistant if I try to rescind the accommodation. I can’t do anything on my own without their go ahead Given the chain of command and the process for completing requirements, so I’m stuck. I wanted to reach out to this list in the hopes that other blind educators might have some wisdom to offer. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope to hear back soon.
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