Welcome to the Department of Teacher Residency at Nicholls State University. All of your teacher education courses have led up to this moment.
The Year-long residency will be your best preparation for a future in education. The experience allows you to work hands-on with students and interact with teachers daily.
This department coordinates your teacher residency by placing you in an area public school with a mentor teacher. Nicholls has agreements with school systems to provide excellent, qualified mentor teachers who are eager to help shape future teachers like you.
Teacher residency allows you to LEARN how to be effective in the classroom, LIVE out the life of a teacher and LEAD students to academic success. We invite you to LEARN, LIVE, LEAD in the Department of Teacher Residency.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Through teacher residency assignments, teacher candidates will:
Engage in effective long range and daily planning that
- specifies learner outcomes in clear, concise objectives,
- includes activities that develop the objectives,
- identifies and plans for individual differences,
- identifies materials, other than standard classroom materials, as needed for the lesson,
- states method(s) of evaluation to measure learner outcomes and
- assists in Individualized Education Program, Individualized Transition Plans and/or Individual Family Service Plan development (for special education teachers only).
Maintain an environment conducive to learning that
- organizes space, materials and/or equipment to facilitate learning and
- promotes a positive learning climate.
Maximize the amount of time available for instruction by
- managing routines and transitions in a timely manner and
- managing and/or adjusting allotted time for activities planned.
Manage learner behavior to provide productive learning opportunities by
- establishing expectations for learner behavior and
- using monitoring techniques to facilitate learning.
Deliver instruction effectively by
- using technique(s) which develop(s) lesson objective(s),
- sequencing lessons to promote learning,
- using available teaching materials to achieve lesson objective(s),
- adjusting lessons, when appropriate, using reflection on practice and
- integrating technology into instruction.
Present appropriate content that is
- at a developmentally appropriate level,
- accurate subject matter,
- related to examples, unexpected situations or current events and
- responsive to student questions and/or directing students to additional resources.
Provide opportunities for student involvement in the learning process by
- accommodating for individual differences,
- demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively with students,
- stimulating and encouraging higher order thinking at the appropriate developmental levels,
- encouraging student participation and
- using appropriate questioning techniques.
Assess student progress effectively by
- consistently monitoring ongoing performance of students,
- using appropriate and effective assessment technique(s),
- providing timely feedback to students regarding their progress and
- producing evidence of student academic growth under his/her instruction.
Plan for professional self-development by
- applying ethical and legal concepts,
- working productively,
- meeting school and university expectations,
- seeking professional improvement and
- working cooperatively with teachers, administrators, parents and other school personnel.
Create partnerships with parents/caregivers and colleagues by
- providing clear and timely information to parents/caregivers and colleagues regarding classroom expectations, student progress and ways they can assist learning;
- encouraging parents/caregivers to become active partners in their children’s education and to become involved in school and classroom; and
- seeking community involvement in instructional program.