Orientation to Teaching I and II
Alma High School offers Orientation to Teaching I and II for students who are interested in entering the field of education. Orientation to Teaching I is an elective course with a curriculum designed to provide students with information and experiences in the field of education. Students plan and direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, assist with record keeping, make physical arrangements, and experience other responsibilities of classroom teachers. Students are involved in observations as well as direct student instruction; placement rotations are utilized to allow students to have experiences in various education career roles, grade levels, subject areas, and ability groups. Upon completion of the course, students should have identified areas of special interest that may be pursued further, have a better understanding of the teaching profession, and have enhanced employability skills which will be of benefit regardless of the occupation or career in which employed.
Orientation to Teaching II is an extension of Orientation to Teaching and takes an in-depth look at many of the concepts covered in the first year course. Students continue studying the theories and practices of the field of education with a more direct focus on classroom observations and interactions on other campuses and more opportunities to serve in the field. For example, this year Orientation to Teaching II students assist first grade students on our primary school campus with their enrichment activities before school three days a week. When students are finished with the course, provided they are 18, they may take the paraprofessional exam and potentially earn certification as a teacher’s aide.