Fall 2021 - EDUC 811 G031

Fieldwork I (5)

Class Number: 5167

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    EDB 7505, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Rhonda Philpott
    604.999.1326 (cell)
    Office: EDB 8528
    Office Hours: On request



Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Meeting Dates:
Thursdays, September 9 – December 2, 2021

Meeting Times:
10:30 AM – 3:20 PM

Meeting Location:
Burnaby Campus, EDB Room 7505.

Additional Details:
This course is intended for a diverse cohort of students admitted in the MEd TLGC Graduate Program. It is a required course taken along with other mandatory MEd courses. The purpose of the course is to explore teaching and learning practices from a variety of perspectives. The topics include teacher dispositions, reflective practice, building democratic and caring classroom communities, student/teacher/curriculum relationships, culture in the classroom, and models of best practice. Students will observe teaching and learning practices in BC public schools, discuss questions and observations and develop inquiries based on this field experience related to their graduate interests.  The design of this course requires students to draw upon and connect with readings and issues discussed in concurrent courses.

The intention for the Fall semester is to offer classes and Field Work visits face-to-face. If for some reason this is not possible, due to Covid restrictions, accommodations will be made to ensure students have opportunities to connect on-line for both on-campus classes and Field Work visits/observations.

Course Website:
On the course website students will find: readings, places to share ideas and engage in professional/academic conversations and spaces to post specific assignments. This is a professional space and so should be used as such. It is expected that students regularly visit the site where they can post ideas and engage in conversations (e.g. course resources and materials, quotes to share, academic conversations, inquiry questions for Field Work, reflective summaries...etc.).


Regular attendance, active participation and punctuality are expected/mandatory.  In order to earn a passing grade for the course, all assignments and consistent attendance (including Field Work dates) must be completed.

Required Readings:
Students will not need to purchase a text for this course as readings will be provided by the instructor and/or posted on the EDUC811 course website. However, when completing assignments, students are expected to refer to readings from concurrent courses in addition to ones given in this course.

In-class Writing:
Students will be writing in most on-campus classes.  Students need to come prepared with a reflection/Field Work journal (a simple spiral bound notebook would suffice, however a computer or tablet may also be used for this purpose).  These in-class writings will be used to frame your inquiry and may be shared with classmates and/or instructor. 



On completion of the course, students will receive a final Mark of Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U)

All papers, assignments and/or activities will be assessed on: clarity of ideas, preparedness, thoroughness, effort, thoughtful analysis of ideas or observations, critical thinking skills, reflective capacity, questions addressed/instructions followed, demonstration of commitment to learning and professionalism, willingness to collaborate & participate.


#1:  “Micro -Teach”: Students will teach a mini-lesson to a small group. This will frame discussions on teacher dispositions and identities.

#2:  Perspectives on Educational Systems: Students will work collaboratively to explore and present information regarding personal education experiences and education systems.

#3:  Field Work Journal Analysis/Reflections & School Background Information: Working independently, students will write a reflection on a particular Field Work entry or experience. Working collaboratively, students will gather and present information on school Field Work placement school.

#4:  Fieldwork Inquiry Paper: Based on Field Work observations, this paper will explore an area of student interest.

#5:  Field Work Visits & Observations:  Students are required to participate in 4 Field Work visits in BC public school classrooms. With student input, the Instructor arranges the placements in various locations and school districts throughout the Lower Mainland.  Observations and analyses will be documented to inform research inquiries and class discussions.

#6: Participation Self-Assessment: It is an expectation of this course that all students prepare for, and participate in small and whole group discussions and demonstrate a professional, ethical and collaborative spirit while in class and out in the field. Students will learn to create and complete a self-assessment of their participation throughout the course.



Students will not need to purchase a text for this course as readings will be provided by the instructor and/or posted on the EDUC811 course website. However, when completing assignments, students are expected to refer to readings from concurrent courses in addition to ones given in this course.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.