Independent Study: Practicum & Capstone Project – Go to SHOP for payment plan option
8 weeks – two 4-week blocks – 4 units – year 3 or 4
The practicum is an 8-week student teaching placement that requires a trainee to work in a Waldorf school for 8 weeks, while being observed and mentored by a trained, experienced Waldorf teacher that has been agreed upon by GLWI. The 8-week practicum is usually 2 four-week blocks, though the entire practicum may be done in one classroom. Typically, a research project proposal is submitted in the fall and literature research begun with the actual practicum undertaken in the spring. This final Practicum and Capstone Project are required for a Certificate of Completion. Students who work full-time, especially already as a Waldorf class teacher, may need to complete their Practicum and project in a 4th year.
Details about how to prepare and go through the Practicum are to be found in a separate GLWI Practicum Guidebook, which will be provided when the trainee is ready for this part of the certificate program. The information in this section is to primarily give an overview of the general expectations for the Practicum.
Trainees are required to work in the school all day, every day, observing for one quarter of the total time spent and then teaching the class and being observed by the cooperating teacher for the remaining three quarters of the time spent. Trainees should plan the lessons with guidance from the host teacher. Trainees are required to attend faculty and committee meetings as permitted, a parent meeting (if one is scheduled during that time), and to participate in the festival life of the school.
Trainees who are already carrying a class in a Waldorf school (as a full time class teacher) may choose to teach one block (a full 4 weeks) in their own classroom during which time a cooperating teacher or the student’s GLWI Advisor will visit the classroom for a two day period and provide evaluation and feedback. Trainees must arrange to teach at least one block at a school other than the one in which they are employed. During the practicum, students should meet with their cooperating teacher every day to ask questions, share insights, and to get feedback on their teaching. GLWI expects documentation of a minimum of eight weeks spent in the practicum for completion of this course.
Course requirements include:
- Independent Study Proposal – 8 week Practicum with advisor approval
- Course Registration Form and Payment
- Log of classroom experiences.
- Observation & Teaching Journal
- Action Research Paper (20-25 pages) (or for Master’s degree students 60+ pages)
- Capstone Project represented by the Portfolio that includes:
- Cross-curricular resources collected throughout the 3-year sequence
- Outside experiences during the last 3 years
- Reflection Paper (10 pages)
- Capstone Presentation
Course Registration and Payment
Once the advisor approves and signs the proposal, the student is required to submit the signed proposal with a completed Independent Study Registration Form along with payment of tuition to GLWI via the GLWI Director of Administration. Once course tuition is paid, the student may begin the course of study agreed upon between student and advisor. Credit will not be granted for work done prior to proposal submission and approval and payment of registration fee. (Forms can be found at the back of your GLWI Student Handbook). Please see handbook for full information.
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