STEP Blocks | Department of Education


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  • All placements will be made locally, in northern Wisconsin, or on the Iron Range
  • School diversity will be considered
  • School practicums begin the third Friday of the semester
  • Cooperating teachers will evaluate each candidate

STEP Block 1 apprentices are placed in a middle or high school setting.

There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 hours in the apprenticeship. Block 1 apprentices create a schedule with their cooperating teacher to meet this minimum requirement.

Apprentices schedule approximately 10 hours in their classrooms after Professional Day. There is a 4 week period during the semester when education classes do not meet so apprentices can spend more time in the classroom (approximately 50 hours).

Apprentices are expected to do the following in their Block 1 classroom(s):

  • teach 2 lessons (that fall in the scope and sequence of the classroom curriculum)
  • assist student's learning
  • assist in classroom management
  • general classroom tasks (attendance, grading, after school activities, lunch room, hallway monitor)
  • whatever other tasks the cooperating teacher sees fit to request
  • Complete the Observation Tool: Domains A and B

  • All placements will be made locally, in northern Wisconsin, or on the Iron Range
  • School diversity will be considered
  • School practicums begin the third Friday of the semester
  • Cooperating teachers will evaluate each candidate

STEP Block 2 apprentices are placed in a middle or high school setting.

There is a requirement of a minimum of 60 hours in the apprenticeship. Block 2 apprentices create a schedule with their cooperating teacher to meet this minimum requirement.

Apprentices schedule approximately 10 hours in their classrooms after Professional Day. There is a 4 week period during the semester when education classes do not meet so apprentices can spend more time in the classroom (approximately 50 hours).

Apprentices are expected to do the following in their Block 2 classroom(s):

  • teach 3-4 lessons (that fall in the scope and sequence of the classroom curriculum)
  • assist student's learning
  • assist in classroom management
  • general classroom tasks (attendance, grading, after school activities, lunch room, hallway monitor)
  • whatever other tasks the cooperating teacher sees fit to request
  • Complete the Observation Tool: Domains Cand E