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EDU 3400 CBE: Teaching Language Arts: Fieldwork Parts 1 - 3


The field experience requirement for this course is 10 hours.

What is field experience? Field experience is your opportunity to observe and assist with prescribed activities in an educational setting. For this course, you can perform your fieldwork in any elementary classroom environment. Contact your faculty member for permission to observe a different grade level. Reach out to your faculty member if you have questions.


Who handles my field experience placement? The school placements for CBE sections are self-selected, and you will need to provide Proof of Placement via an email or other documentation from school personnel. If you are local, you may choose to apply to volunteer using the district's website.


How do I record my experience? Field experience is two parts. First, your field experience is logged via a signed log of hours and then submitted through Blackboard at the end of each course.  Second, is through a reflection blog that you will develop and answer open ended question that promote a higher level of thinking.


Where do I write my blog? Create your blog using a blogging software you choose. Below are suggestions for free online blogging tools. Your blog must be viewable by your instructor in order to receive credit for the assignments.


  1. Choose a platform you want to host your blog throughout the program. Blogging website suggestions are below.
  2. Ensure your blog is public or can be shared with your instructors.


Check Blackboard for additional details on the field experience requirement for this course. 

Field Experience Blog Part 1

Before you write your blog post:


§  Interview a reading teacher and an administrator.

§  Discuss the importance of literacy and language arts to the overall school vision.


Write your blog post:

As you create your blog, please reflect and respond to the following:

1.    Summarize the responses of the reading teacher and administrator.

2.    Compare and contrast their points of view.

3.    Reflect on the responses and the degree that you agree with their points of view.

Field Experience Blog Part 2

Prepare to write your blog post:

§  Observe language arts instruction at both the K-2 and 3-5 levels for at least 15 hours.

§  Make sure you have completed the edTPA Context for Learning assignment for the main class you are observing for ELA.


As you add to your blog, reflect and respond to the following:

§  Reflect on the instruction you see, noting how it demonstrates (or has the potential to demonstrate) current best practices in ELA.

§  Reflect on the ways you see teachers using knowledge about their students (personal and cultural assets as well as prior learning) to create opportunities for student engagement and deep learning.

Field Experience Blog Part 3

Before you write your blog post complete your observation:

§  View the School Improvement Plan and note any goals related to literacy and language arts.

§  If, for some reason, the SIP does not list any goals related to literacy and language arts, speak with your administrators about any ELA goals they would like to pursue.

§  Brainstorm a variety of strategies that could help the school meet their goals.


Write your blog post:

§  Provide a description and rationale for at least 3 strategies (e.g., service projects and/or special events) to help the school meet their ELA goals. Be sure to specifically address the school’s stated goal(s).


After you perform your fieldwork and complete your interview, write your blog:

§  Attach a copy of your signed Field Experience Log (10 hours).



Field Work Connection