Essays in Education


Classroom management has long been a grave concern for pre-service teachers. This study explores a unique teaching assignment designed to enhance the learning opportunities of pre-service education students in two distinct ways. By one, bridging the reality-based world of the elementary classroom with the world of the pre-service teacher educator and two, by providing a glimpse into the mystique of the student teaching semester, pre-service educators confirmed that this observational assignment helped to prepare them to be future teachers on multiple levels. Twenty-seven pre-service elementary education students enrolled in a senior level, classroom management course participated in a field-based observational assignment and were later surveyed. Qualitative research methods were utilized and findings indicate that students viewed this assignment as worthwhile in linking theory to practice and helping to prepare for their critical student teaching semester. Possible recommendations for future assignments are suggested.

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