The Orientation to Teaching Class is one of the specialty classes offered through the Austin High School for Teaching Professions Small Learning Community. Students in this SLC follow a course of study designed to prepare them for college and eventually, if they so choose, a career in Education. The Magnet Small Learning Community Course of Study from Grades 9-12 is listed below.
Austin High School for Teaching Professions
Kathy Koch, Coordinator (713) 924-1608
Houston, TX 77023-3195
Grade 9 - Exploration
Orientation to the Teaching Professions– Designed to give students an overview of the teaching profession. Includes service projects, work with special needs students and character education.
Introduction to Speech Communication – Designed to introduce students to the importance of effective speech. Students have an opportunity to prepare for participate in, and evaluate a variety of speaking situations.
Exploratory Field Trips
Grade 10 - Commitment
Current Issues in Education– Examines historical and contemporary issues which have shaped today’s public schools and explores the roles of government and the courts in education.
Teen Leadership – Students develop basic leadership skills and are provided with various opportunities to use them.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, JP Henderson Elementary 5th grade
Grade 11 – Preparation
BCIS 2 (Formerly Seminar in the Educational Process)– Students learn to prepare and implement effective lesson plans, manage the classroom, and relate to both academic and emotional needs of today’s youth. Includes use of computers to write a children’s book, build a grade book database and complete a Power Point project.
College Skill Building – Students prepare for the transition to college, including preparation for college entrance examinations such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
The Franklin Project, Franklin Elementary 1st & 2nd grade
Grade 12 – Experience
Educational Internship –Students work as paid teaching interns at either an elementary or middle school.
Friday Seminar Class