Leveraging Virtually-Mediated Student Teacher Observation to Meet the Needs of TESL/TEFL Preservice Teachers in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond
Abstract: Student teacher observation is the significant phase of the Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) endorsement program. It represents the bridge between professional preparation and real-world practice. It allows student teachers to experience the pressures and the rewards of full-time teaching. As COVID-19 made the Illinois’ K-12 educators rapidly shift to emergency, remote instruction from brick-and-mortar approaches, traditional face-to-face student teacher observation in local schools is a near impossibility. This pedagogy-oriented study highlights how a minority-serving university in the State of Illinois integrated Accomplished Teaching, Learning, and Schools (ATLAS) video online database as an alternative approach for student teacher observation. ATLAS allows student teachers access to more than 1,300 authentic cases covering most grades, school settings, and frameworks for teachers and students. It offers a visual representation of the standards (e.g., edTPA, Common Core State Standards) and provides a clear image of National Board-Certified Teachers’ accomplished teaching in TESL/TEFL. This presentation reports the lessons learned in the video-based student teacher observation.