I received a few inquiries to clarify my previous post, so, here it is.
Towson State University has a PDS agreement with a local elementary school (2 new elementary schools will join soon). Basically what this means is that a group of TSU pre-service elementary teachers will take many (most) of their professional courses during their junior and senior years at the school while having access to the real classrooms and the teachers. University faculty will benefit by having the teachers and their students as extra resources, and the school people will (in theory) benefit by learning new ideas from university faculty. Hopefully, in this process, elementary students and pre-service teachers also benefit.
I am scheduled to teach an elementary math methods course, with its concurrent "field-based" lab course, this coming fall. We will meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at the school. I think I will spend 1 to 1 1/2 hours on discussing more traditional methods course topics, and the remainder of the time in classrooms. I am hoping that students will be given opportunities to work closely with the children to "test" the ideas they learn in the methods discussion.
I have had a couple of meetings with the teachers and the administrator, and I am very excited about the opportunity. I am still trying to work out some of the details, and if anyone has suggestions, I will appreciate.
Tad Watanabe Towson State University Towson, Maryland