Frequently asked questions during Practicum

What should Teacher Candidates do if there is a PD Day during their practicum placement?

If there is a PD Day, we request that the Associate Teacher approves what activities their Teacher Candidate should complete. This is not a ‘free’ day for Teacher Candidates. One suggestion is that Candidates take the time to work through a few of the Log Book templates that are in the Handbook. Alternatively, they could work on Curriculum activities, or assist their Associate by preparing an activity to be used another day. In consultation with their Associate Teacher, Candidates should make a plan for the day outlining a variety of activities. Once their Associate Teacher approves their plan, Teacher Candidates can complete their plan at their placement school. This will allow the Associate Teacher to complete their own tasks planned for the day.

What should Teacher Candidates do during their Associate Teacher’s prep/non-teaching time?

Prep time is for Associate Teachers! Teacher Candidates use that time to follow their class or, with permission, observe other teachers in the school. Teacher Candidates do not use this time for their own preparation of lessons.

Western International Week 2015

Western International Week 2015: November 16 – 20

International Week at Western is held annually in November as a campus-wide celebration of all things international. The purpose of the week is to:

  • Celebrate Western’s international community, diversity and international collaborations
  • Learn about international opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and alumni both at home and abroad
  • Engage the London and campus communities in global learning and intercultural sharing

Event highlights

  • Western Goes Global: Cultural Showcase (Pre-Event) on November 12, 2015
  • Welcome to International Week 2015: Opening Ceremony on November 16, 2015
  • International Exchange Fair on November 17, 2015
  • International Student Breakfast on November 18, 2015
  • Author & Critic Panel: Dr. Paul Tarc’s International education in global times on November 19, 2015
  • Downtown London: Then and Now (Walking Tour) on November 20, 2015

A complete list of events can be found here.


Preparing for your upcoming practicum…

One week to go before your practicum begins! Your practicum placement will be posted this evening.

In preparation for the upcoming practicum, you are reminded to . . .

  1. Review the Nov 3 PowerPoint presentation posted on the Blog on Wednesday, Nov 4;
  2. Print a copy of the Practicum Handbook as a reference to be used throughout your practicum.

Also, please review the Associate Teacher Report for Practicum 1 on Page 59 of the Handbook. This report is the assessment that your Associate Teacher will complete for you at the end of your practicum. Note, the overall rating that you will receive is Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory rather than a Grade.

Candidates from past years found it beneficial to use the form as a self-reflection tool at the end of the practicum before they received their Associate Teacher’s Assessment.

***There WILL NOT be an additional Practicum Preparation session after the FNMI event tomorrow, November 10.

Practicum Car Pooling

Hello Fellow Teacher Candidates!

Just an update about the carpooling transportation initiative surrounding practicum. On Monday November 9th, we will be uploading a course section on OWL titled: Practicum Car Pooling. Here you will have the opportunity to make the necessary  connections for your specific transportation connections for practicum. More information about this platform will be provide on the sites homepage. So do not fret, we are here to help!!!!


Josh Samuel – Herter (VP Student Affairs)

Kirsten Rebello (Chair of Campus Issues)

Invitation to Upcoming Exhibition

*This will be of particular interest to Teacher Candidates in the areas of science and math.

100 years of General Relativity

Thursday, November 19th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SATELLiTE Project Space
121 Dundas St., London, ON

Celebrate the genius of Einstein through a uniquely philosophical lens.
Explore manuscript replicas courtesy of the Albert Einstein Archives, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Learn about Einstein’s life and the cultural and historical significance of his career.
Understand the effects of speed and light through computer simulations.
Interact with classic science experiments and demonstrations that showcase his contributions to the field of physics.

Free classroom resources & door prizes.
A selection of beverages, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.
This event is free, however registration is requested at :


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