You will be assigned to a cohort seminar approximately one to two weeks prior to the start of demonstration teaching led by an experienced cohort facilitator. The seminar consists of required weekly group phone and web conference meetings with your peers and journal reflections. The seminar provides you with a forum in which you can discuss issues, problem-solve specific classroom situations, and celebrate your successes. You will share research and ideas concerning current issues in education and respond to each other’s classroom experiences and reflections. In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore topics such as positive impact on student learning, ethical responsibilities and teaching dispositions, collaboration, community resources, academic language, differentiated instruction, student engagement, professional growth, and reflection.
Aligned with the demonstration teaching cohort, WGU offers cohort seminar twice per year – starting in August (Fall Cohort) or in January (Spring Cohort).
Cohort seminar is 12 weeks long. The timing of cohort seminar may not coincide exactly with your demonstrating teaching start and end dates.
Note: WGU students from the same family may not participate in the same cohort seminar assignment.
During cohort seminar, the expectation is for you to comply with the following attendance policy:
Successful participation in the weekly calls and completion of all assigned journals must be verified to pass cohort seminar. You must submit any missing or late cohort seminar tasks no later than 10 days prior to the end of the cohort seminar. Failure to complete the journal requirements within 10 days of the end of the cohort may result in failing the cohort seminar and require you to repeat the seminar during the next cohort.