Educational Field Observation


  2. A. Course Title: Educational Field Observation
    B. Course Number: ED 233 - 30018
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);1:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);6:45:00 PM-7:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:15:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);1:30:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet with me during my posted office hours, please feel free to contact me for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is for students who are majoring in one of the following: elementary education, secondary education, special education, or bilingual education. All students, including special education majors, are to be placed in regular classrooms. The course requires thirty (30) hours of observation in the classroom. Students will observe many aspects of teaching including lesson planning, instructional strategies, evaluation and grading, classroom management, and professional ethics. Also, the students will extend their knowledge of teaching through various readings, teaching a lesson, and keeping a daily journal. The intent of the course is to give structure to the observations and prepare students for the courses to come, in which these aspects of teaching will be covered in depth. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course provides on-site classroom and observation experiences for students. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution. It is not guaranteed.



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    No supplemental or online resources are needed with this textbook; only the textbook will be used.


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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Note: The following information may be adjusted as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.






    % Total Grade


    12 Chapters

    12 @ 20 points ea.



    11 Discussions

    11 @ 20 points ea.


    Observation Reports and Final Exam

    Observation report #1

    Observation report #2

    Observation report #3

    Working with Students report

    Final Exam:  MY First Days of Class












    Important Note: 30 hours of classroom observation are required.   If a student observes less than 30 hours, the following will apply, regardless of reasons or other grades on class assignments:

    *20 hours = Final grade will be a "D" or below

    *Less than 20 hours = Final grade will be an "F"



    1.      Grading Schedule:  Depending on the amount of detail in a written assignment, students can normally expect to have written assignments graded within one to two weeks.  Some assignments will be returned more quickly, especially if the information is needed for a subsequent assignment.  Exams are graded upon submission, so students will be able to see their scores and the questions missed immediately. 

    2.      Course Grades:  Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted. The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized. Midterm and Final Grades can also be seen through NMJC’s T-Bird Web-Portal (see website). Scores that are .5 or above will be rounded up to the next higher number. Example: 89.5 = 90.

    3.      Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).



    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. 



    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible.  I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you.  If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first.  A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an “F”.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to do so, not the instructor’s.


    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:
    • Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    • Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    • Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    • Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    • Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    • Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    By the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to:

    **Explain various aspects of creating and maintaining a positive classroom environment
    **Apply various techniques and strategies for classroom management
    **Discuss the major difference in working with students at the elementary, mid-high/junior high, and high school levels
    **Compare and contrast effective and ineffective teaching practices
    **Explain how positive expectations and high standards affect student success
    **Develop a classroom management plan, which includes teaching routines and establishing a structured environment
    **Present and critique possible problem-solving techniques to common challenges in the classroom
    **Design lessons that incorporate effective assignments, tests, and assessments of student learning
    **Identify and analyze behaviors and procedures found in classrooms at various grade levels
    **Identify characteristics of a professional educator and leader

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    1.    How to get “into the course” and find assignments and tests: 

    ·         Log-in to Canvas from the NMJC Home Page.  Then click on your course listed in a colored box. DO NOT click “Do List” (you will see on the right) because you will miss the important pages of information and instructions I have included in the module, which do not show up in the Do List. 

    ·         Check:  When you are actually "in the course," you will see a grey box with the course title and my name.  Click Modules (on left) to find assignments/tests.

    2.    Important - How do we “talk” to each other? 

    ·         Messages - Check your Inbox each time you log-in for questions from me or information about assignments.  

    ·         I highly recommend you connect your Canvas Inbox to your personal e-mail:  Go to “Account” (red menu on left), click “Profile,” and link your Canvas Inbox messages to your personal e-mail.  If you have your personal e-mail connected to your phone, then you will receive any messages from me right away.

    ·         How to contact me:  Use your Canvas Inbox when you need reach me.  I check my messages daily Monday - Friday (noon), so you should hear from me in less than 24 hours.  If not, please send it to me, again.  (Something is unusual or I somehow missed it.)  When you receive a message, you’ll see a number appear in your Inbox. 

    ·         Important:  Feedback on Assignments – Check for comments I have written either in the Comment Box and/or the feedback directly on your reports. You may have missed something or need to know something before submitting your next report. 

    ·         Go to Grades –

    ·         Click on the assignment name

    ·         Read comment in grey box

    ·         Then click “View Feedback” on page to left of comment

    ·         Click on message icon to see comments written to you in boxes with a line and arrow connecting it to a specific spot in your report.

    3.    Information on Observations in course:

    *Observe in schools – 10 hours for each of the following levels: Elementary (K-6th), Mid High or Junior High (7th-8th; possibly 9th), and High School (9th – 12th). 
    *The student sets his own schedule and may choose how long to observe during the day, as long as deadlines(see course outline)are met and the teachers/schools are in agreement. Example: During a 4-week reporting period, a student may choose to observe approximately 2 1/2 hours per week or choose to finish in 2 days at 5 hours per day, etc.
    *The time and location of observations is flexible as long as certain requirements are met and approved by the professor. Students will normally be able to observe in schools in the community in which they are living.
    *Observations must be completed in regular classroom settings, while observing approved/permanent teachers. A portion of observations within special education classrooms may also be allowed, but discuss with me prior to observing.
    *If a student is substitute teaching, 2 hours may be counted toward the "Working With Students" assignment. However, the rest of the hours do NOT APPLY because the student is not able to observe other teachers in the process of teaching. 

    Professional Expectations--

    Failure to meet the following standards of ethics and professionalism will be grounds for dismissal from or failure of the course--
    *Be professional and ethical - Do not discuss or reveal confidential information about any students. (However, I do encourage you to bring any questions to me during the semester if you are concerned about ANY situation in which you are invovled.) 
    *Students will be expected to conduct themselves AND DRESS in a professional manner at all times:
    - Investigate and follow the dress code for TEACHERS at each school
    - Be considerate of the cooperating teachers and classes
    - Do not interrupt classes 
    - Communicate with teachers and principals prior to attendance
    - When is the best time to observe and which classes? How can you help?
    - Do not gossip (in or outside of the classroom) about the school, students, or the teacher you are observing. Do not speak negatively about the school, teacher, class, or your observations. You are their guest. Be professional in your dress, conduct, and communication.




    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    The following schedule is only tentative.  The information may be changed, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor. It will be adjusted to correspond to the NMJC calendar and holidays.  See Canvas Modules for up-to-date information, assignements, and due dates. 




    Reading Assignments


    Observation Schedule


    Week 1

    ·       Read syllabus, handouts, and all class materials

    ·         Contact first school and organize schedule for first observations

    ·         Unit A  - Chapters 1–5

     Begin Observation #1, if at all possible, to give yourself plenty of time. 


    Week 2

    ·         Unit B – Chapters 6-10

     Begin Observation #1

    Week 3

    ·         Unit C – Chapters 11-12 

    Week 4

    ·         Unit C – Chapters 13-15


    Week 5


    Observation #1 - Report due

    Week 6

    ·         Begin Observation #2

    ·         Unit C – Chapters 16-18

    Week 7

    ·         Unit C – Chapter 19

    Week 8

    ·         Unit C – Chapter 20


    Week 9

    ·         Unit D – Chapters 21

    Week 10


    Observation #2 - Report due

    Week 11

    ·         Begin Observation #3

    Week 12

    ·         Unit D – Chapters 22-23

    Week 13

    ·         Unit D – Chapters 24


    Week 14

    ·         Unit E – Chapter 25 and Epilogue


    Week 15


     Observation #3 - Report due

    Week 16

    ·         Final Exam preparation - “MY First Days of School”


    Week 17

    ·         Final Exam