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What Is This "DI Block" That My Student Talks About?

The Discipline Inquiry (DI) block is a 12-credit block that includes courses in teaching math, teaching science and teaching social studies as well as the 495A field experience. First-semester seniors usually take this block. Students are grouped into cohorts of approximately 25 students for the methods courses and smaller cohorts for 495A. Placing the students in cohorts encourages peer collaboration and support. In some cases, lessons may be planned in the university setting (MathEd 420, SciEd 458 and SS Ed 430 W) and implemented in the classroom (495A). Every Tuesday students have a seminar to review lesson planning, teaching strategies and classroom management, as well as the opportunity to reflect on what they are doing and observing in the classroom.

 

A Guidebook for Mentor Teachers of C I 495A Students
Letter to the Mentors ○ Contact Information ○ What Is Penn State's Teacher Education Program All About? ○ What Is This "DI Block" That My Student Talks About?  What Is CI 495A? ○ Sample Student Schedule ○ What Does My Student Have to Do for CI 495A? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Observing My Student? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Conferencing with My Student? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Evaluating My Student? ○ How Do I Contact Someone If I Have Questions?