Practicum Q&A - Nipissing University

Academic Advising Session
Academic Agenda
 Communication
 Common Questions
− Teachables
− Progression
− Important Contacts
 Open Question Period
− What do you want to know?
 Nipissing Student E-mail
− “myNipissing”
− Nipissing News (weekly)
 Laurier Student E-mail
 Nipissing Brantford Website
 Concurrent Education Website
Program Questions
 Can I switch divisions?
 How do I know which courses I need
to take each year?
 Click Program Requirements
 What is a ‘teachable’? How many
credits do I need?
− Intermediate: 3.0 credits
− Senior: 5.0 credits
 Can I change my teachable subject?
 Is Psychology a teachable?
I am a PJ student. If I want to become qualified
in the Intermediate division, what steps do I
need to take?
I am a JI student. If I want to become qualified
in the Primary division, what steps do I need to
I am interested in teaching the Senior division.
What steps do I need to take?
Senior Social Science Teachable and
Contemporary Studies
 Click teachables
Progression Requirements
 What happens if we don’t achieve or
maintain a 7.0 GPA?
“In the Laurier-Nipissing Concurrent Education program students must
maintain the required GPA of 7.0 in each year, in both their Wilfrid Laurier
(BA) courses, and Nipissing (BEd) courses, progress in their Honours program
with a minimum Honours GPA of 5.0, where a minimum Honours GPA of 7.0 is
required for graduation, as well as pass the “Observation and Practice
Teaching” course, to continue in the program. Students who receive an
average of 67% to 69% (or GPA of 6.0) in their Laurier courses are
permitted to progress into the following academic year, with a status of ‘on
probation’. Probation requirements hold that students are given one year to
raise their academic average to 70% in order to continue in the Concurrent
Education program.”
 What percentage is a 7.0 GPA
equivalent to?
Where to Go:
Practicum Questions
− Practicum Office, Rm 201 (50 Wellington St.)
− Jamie McGinnis ([email protected])
− Deanne Osborne ([email protected])
Academic Questions (Nipissing)
− Kelly Hunter, Rm208B (50 Wellington St.)
− [email protected]
Academic Questions (Laurier)
− Academic Advising, RCE 132
[email protected]
OSAP, OneCard
− Service Laurier Brantford, GRH
Frequently Asked Questions
Concurrent Education
Practicum Question and
Answer Session
Nipissing University Concurrent Education Program
Brantford Campus
Practicum Agenda
 Overview of Session
 Important Information
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Other Questions?
 Contact Information
Practicum Course Pack
 Year 1 Teacher Candidates are required to purchase a
practicum course pack which consists of:
1. 2013-2014 Practicum Handbook
2. Practicum Binder with tabs
3. Photo ID card for practicum purposes
 IF you did not receive one, they can still be purchased in
the Practicum Office (50 Wellington, Room 201)
 The Program Handbook can also be located at:
Alternate dates for ID card pictures:
 September 23, 2013: 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
 September 23, 2013: 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Police Vulnerable Sector Check
 Is a Police Vulnerable Sector Check mandatory
for practicum? pg. 2/7
 How often must we obtain a Police Vulnerable
Sector Check?
 What must I do with my PVSC after I receive it?
− Original and copy to Practicum Office
− Original MUST be placed in Practicum Binder and be
shown on any practicum day, if requested
 What happens if I fail to obtain an annual PVSC?
− Failure to provide PVSC to the Practicum Office by the
specified deadline will result in the cancellation of
practicum for the current year. Exceptions to the
deadline will not be made for any reason.
Police Vulnerable Sector Check
Where can I get a PVSC?
For all students residing in Brantford for the 2013/2014
school year:
September 23, 2013
10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
September 30, 2013
10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
50 Wellington St. 2nd floor lobby, outside of the Practicum
Office (Rm 201).
IF you DO NOT take advantage of the on-campus dates OR are a
commuting student living outside of Brantford, please see the
following link:
Practicum Q&A
How do I go about finding a placement?
How do we find out about our placement?
Can I request a specific school or
Practicum Q&A
What is the first day of Practicum for
Year 1 Teacher Candidates?
What are the dates of the 5 day teaching
block for Year 1?
Can Practice Teaching placement dates
be changed?
If I am not satisfied with the placement I
received, can it be changed?
Practicum Q&A
Is it possible that I could be placed in the
same school for more than one year of
the program?
I am a Junior/Intermediate student. Will
I be guaranteed a placement in Grade
9/10? When?
Practicum Q&A -
How do I dress for Practicum? pg. 4
What time should I arrive at my
Practicum placement?
How late do I stay?
Do Teacher Candidates go to
workshops with Associate Teachers
on PA days, or do we get those days
Practicum Q&A – Roles &
Aside from my PVSC and ID card, what
else do we bring to Practicum?
More information will be shared at the Workshop on October 28, 2013.
How far will I have to travel for my
practicum placement? pg. 8
Can Practicum placements be changed
due to transportation? pg. 8
What do you do when you have to miss
a day of Practicum because of illness,
death, etc.? pg. 8
Practicum Peer Mentorship
How do you place us with
Mentors? pg. 14
Are we all guaranteed a Mentor at
our Practicum? pg. 14
How does the Peer Mentorship
program at our Practicum work?
pg. 14
When do I meet my Mentor?
Further information will be provided at the Peer Mentorship
workshop on November 4, 2013.
Practicum Q&A – Expectations
What should we expect at our first
placement? (E.g. observation, teaching,
etc) pg. 10
When will I get to create and teach a
lesson on my own? pg. 10
What are my responsibilities in the
classroom? pg. 7 - 9
Practicum Q&A – Expectations
At our practicum, do we have to
keep a daily reflection log? pg. 10
How do we get evaluated at our
Practicum? pg. 52 - 53
Practicum Lesson Plan
(pg. 22-23)
Practicum Lesson Plan
(pg. 22-23)
Practicum Evaluation
(pg. 52-53)
Practicum Evaluation
(pg. 52-53)
Practicum Q&A
Is it possible to change the School
Board in which you do your
Practicum placement?
What year can you go on an
International Placement?
How do you apply for an
International Placement? What are
the requirements?
Practicum Q&A
How long is an International
What is an Alternative Placement?
Are there any other types of
When can we do a Practicum
placement in our hometown?
Practicum Q&A
Placement Agreement:
Must be signed by school
principal and returned
following your first week of
 Is included with your
Practicum Binder Kit, as
purchased in the
Practicum Office.
Digital Recordings in
 Unauthorized Use of Digital
Recordings Form will be
distributed in Methods
classes to all Year 1
students to be signed and
kept in student file.
 This pertains to Facebook,
Twitter, pictures/recordings
for projects, etc. Any type
of media recording/
transmission is not
permissible unless consent
is otherwise provided.
Concluding Remarks
 Any other questions?
Contact Information
ROOM 201
Deanne Osborne
Practicum Officer
[email protected]
519-752-1524 ext. 7502
Jamie McGinnis
Practicum Coordinator
[email protected]
519-752-1524 ext. 7503
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