2.5 grade point average; students must use a word processor, e-mail, and have access to a web browser. A grade of A or B (84 or above) is required to remain in the program without appeal. Plus/minus grading is used in the calculations as well as penalties for absences in determining the final class grade.
UTL101 provides students with early field experience in teaching as well as an introduction to the theory and practice. Both are necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction. Students attend a weekly class on the UT campus. Students will visit campus a minimum of 10 times, during which they will teach three lessons to the elementary students they observe under the guidance of a cooperating teacher (CT). The total is 10 days in the school for a total of, minimally, 10 hours. The elementary classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and for the quality of the classroom teacher who serves as a CT. The CTs will work with the UTeach-LA students to improve their teaching abilities as the semester progresses. The cooperating teacher will remain in the classroom at all times and will provide immediate feedback on the quality of the UTeach-LA student’s instruction. Additionally, this course begins the teacher preparation sequence and therefore, emphasizes quality, timeliness, dependability, and professional behavior.
UTL101 students will:
- Assess whether they wish to pursue teaching as a profession.
- Determine their own learning style and relate the findings to the students they are and the teachers they may become.
- Develop an awareness of diverse student populations.
- Understand the concept of interactive lessons.
- Distinguish between learner-centered and teacher-centered instructional strategies.
- Discuss state and national standards and their value to curriculum issues.
- Write performance objectives, lesson plans, and one assessment activity.
- Follow the UTL101 lesson plan format and deliver three lessons.
- Examine various methods of assessment.
- Design an effective rubric.
- Become reflective practitioners, using reflection to improve over time.
- Utilize technology to communicate, collaborate, and instruct.
- Explore and begin to practice the basic components of good classroom management.
- Exhibit positive expectations for all students.
- Serve as a role model by demonstrating clear communication, pleasant demeanor, interest in each individual student, and accurate content.
- Become familiar with teacher certification requirements, including course sequence, UTeach-LA portfolio requirements, state certification exams, and minimum grade point average to be eligible for student teaching.