To help my student teachers with this, I created a syllabus. Not only does this outline what they may be doing over the next six weeks, but they also know what my expectations are. This is nothing new or particularly innovative because I "borrowed" this idea from another educator. However, I took the traditional syllabus a step further and created it as a wiki page. The beauty of this digital version is that becomes an interactive, ever-changing document that can continually be updated and accessed 24/7.
The advantages of a digital syllabus are many. Much of the same information is included in a traditional course syllabus, but with some extra features like hyperlinks and PDF's. Plus, the great feature of a wiki page is that it allows multiple users to contribute to the content. Here are some things to consider including.
- Contact info
- Course Description
- Goals & Objectives
- Ideas, Projects, & Things-To-Do
- Links & Web 2.0
- Blogs & Social Media
The Thoughts from a Student Teacher page is perhaps one of the great aspects of the wiki. It is a place where students teachers, past and present, can leave their ideas, tips, and thoughts for future student teachers to read. Under the Ideas, Projects, & Things-to-Do, a student teacher can list any great lessons they taught or projects they completed. Imagine 5 or 10 years from now the amount of knowledge that will passed on from student teacher to student teacher. This is the power of the digital syllabus. Not a bad idea, huh?