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Memory Verse Practicum

Week 3: February 2-8, 2021

Practicum Explanation

The online student has been assigned a Memory Verse to teach for this practicum time. A worksheet has already been completed by the student and evaluated by the online instructor in order to help the student prepare for this teaching time. The student should bring a verse visual and Bible to use during the practicum. If they do not bring either of these items, please note this on the observation form.

The practicum should be 8-10 minutes in length from start to finish. Please be sure to record the beginning and ending time on your Memory Verse Observation Sheet. The student is allowed to use notes that are either discreetly placed in the Bible or on the back of the verse visual. These notes should not be read during the practicum. They should only serve as an outline for the student to refer to while teaching. If the student appears to be reading the information, please note this in the Overall Presentation comments section on the Memory Verse Observation Sheet.

During the practicum, the online student should teach the assigned verse as if teaching to a classroom of children. The student should not, however, teach this practicum in front of children for this practicum time.You, as the proctor, should respond as a child would when appropriate (to answer a question, or participate in the repetition game, etc.). In a typical practicum setting, other students are included in the audience. This allows them to participate as children freeing the proctor up to focus on recording observations during the practicum time. If there are other adults who would like to participate as the audience during the student’s practicum time, it would be beneficial to both you and the student.

As the student is teaching the verse, the method taught in TCE Level 1 should be followed. This method of teaching of a verse begins by introducing the verse in a creative way, presenting the verse as being from the Word of God, explaining the words and phrases of the verse, applying the verse to both saved and unsaved children and then repeating the verse several times using a fun review method. For specific details about this method, please view the Memory Verse Presentation and the Memory Verse Observation Sheet both found below. 

Sample Memory Verse Presentation

If you have not seen a verse taught following this method, please take time to watch the video presentation below. In this video, you will see a verse taught in the same manner that the practicum should be completed by the online student. Becoming familiar with this teaching method will enable you to recognize each step as the student teaches it in his or her practicum. Click on Memory Verse Presentation below to access the video.

Before watching the presentation, download and print the Memory Verse Observation Sheet below. This is the same form you will be using when observing the student’s practicum. In order to become familiar with the layout, have a pen or pencil ready and fill out the Observation Sheet as you would if observing a practicum. Doing this will help you identify each needed step and note what is taught in each one as you will need to do during your observation of the online student.

Observation Sheets

The file below is the Memory Verse Observation Sheet that you will need to fill out during the student’s practicum time. If you have not already used the Memory Verse Observation Sheet in conjunction with the Memory Verse presentation above, please look over the Memory Verse Observation Sheet now and become familiar with it prior to the practicum time. (NOTE: This Observation Sheet is NOT the same as the Evaluation Form found in the TCE Level 1 manual. Do not use that form. Use the one provided here.)

To help the online instructor assign an accurate grade, please provide as many details on the Memory Verse Observation Sheet about the practicum as possible. Comments that would help the instructor would be details about the introduction that was used; specific concepts that were explained in the explanation section; how the verse was applied to saved and unsaved children; and what method of repetition was used.

Once the practicum is complete, you can give general feedback to the student as appropriate, but you should keep the observation sheet as it will be needed to provide information to the online instructor. Let the student know that specific observations as well as a practicum grade will be received from the online instructor.

You will need to save the file below to your computer. When you save the file on your computer, please name it Memory Verse Observation Sheet Student’s Name. Print the form, take it to the practicum and fill it out as the student teaches.

Submission to Online Instructor

Once the practicum is complete, open the Memory Verse Observation Sheet file saved to your computer and enter the information you recorded on the Memory Verse Observation Sheet during the practicum time. Once you have done this, save the file and close it.

Click the Assignment Block below to submit the completed Memory Verse Observation Sheet to the online instructor for use in assigning a grade to the online student. Please contact the online instructor if you have any problems.

In order to provide prompt feedback to the online student, please submit the Memory Verse Observation Sheet to the online instructor at the end of the week that the practicum is due (Monday at 11:55 pm Central Time).