• Course develops the teacher candidate‚Äôs collaborative skills and effective communication practices in working with families, teachers and other stakeholders of 4th and 5th graders including those with learning disabilities.
  • Specific strategies to more effectively develop collaboration with regular classroom teachers and other school and community personnel are explored, as well as opportunities to practice elements of successful and effective team relationships through knowledge and comprehension of the positive aspects of the consultative mod
  • Specific strategies to more effectively develop family/professional-working partnerships to effectively work with students at the 4th and 5th-grade levels.
  • Opportunities to practice elements of successful and effective team relationship building.
  • Students will study issues associated with the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.
  • Students will have multiple opportunities to practice elements of successful and effective team relationship through knowledge and comprehension of the positive aspects of collaboration.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of and means to improve his/her own behavior on a team.
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to know, apply, and on occasion, create principles and good practices surrounding 4th/5th-grade environment for collaboration, consultation, and teamwork.

This course is designed to prepare the PreK-3 licensed teacher to successfully teach mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts to students in the fourth and fifth grades. Pedagogy directly linked to the nature and needs of the child in the fourth and fifth grades as related to math, science, social studies, and language arts will be applied and practiced throughout the experience. This course will build on the knowledge that the early childhood education teacher already has so that he or she can successfully serve students in the fourth and fifth grades. Best practices for teaching fourth and fifth grade will be observed and practiced throughout the experience. 40 hours of observation must be completed; 10 hours in each of the following content areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts.