What is Expected...
...of a Student Teacher?
Please ensure that these expectations are met during your student teaching experience.
|Report daily for a full school day, be punctual, become involved in activities and functions carried out by the classroom teacher and assume responsibilities designated by the mentor teacher.|
|✓||Maintain excellent attendance throughout your experience. When absent, notify the mentor teacher and the university supervisor as soon as you know you will not be at school.|
|✓||Attend regular colloquiums during the student teaching assignment that are held on campus (or designated location). If you need to leave school early, arrange with mentor teacher ahead of time.|
|✓||Ask for the dates and times of such teaching responsibilities as Open House, faculty meetings, department/grade level meetings, and parent/teacher conferences. Your attendance at these functions is an expectation of student teaching.|
|✓||Discuss university responsibilities and requirements with your mentor teacher. Work with the teacher to determine a schedule for assuming teaching responsibilities. A recommended schedule for an eight or twelve week assignment is available on page 15 of this handbook and at the student teaching website.|
|✓||Prepare written daily lesson plans which are to be approved by the mentor teacher. Plans are due to the teacher, at the latest, on Friday prior to the week they will be taught, unless an earlier day/time is requested by your mentor teacher. The suggested university lesson plan format is available on page 12 of the student teaching handbook.|
|✓||Reflect on each lesson taught in writing and in discussion with your mentor teacher and/or university supervisor.|
|✓||Maintain a weekly journal recording thoughts and experiences related to your overall progress. The suggested journal form is available at the student teaching website|
|✓||Prepare a detailed, approved, typed lesson plan for formal observations with your university supervisor. Give a copy of the plan, along with any supplemental resources you will be using, to your supervisor upon his/her arrival for your observation.|
|✓||Keep a notebook of all lesson plans/activities/projects to facilitate on-going discussion of planning with both your mentor teacher and your university supervisor.|
|✓||Continue development of your professional interview portfolio, relying on mentor teacher and university supervisor for advice and assistance. Don’t forget to take pictures and save samples of student work.|
|✓||Create a bulletin board or door display to enhance the instructional experience for the students.|
|✓||Complete the Impact on Student Learning assignment according to the instructions provided at the student teaching website and submit it to your colloquium instructor by the required date.|
|✓||Prepare a self-assessment on the midterm and final evaluation forms to share and discuss with your mentor teacher and university supervisor.|
...of a Mentor Teacher?
To assist you in mentoring your student teacher.
Welcome the student teacher to your school. Introduce him or her to your students, other faculty members, and support staff. Give student a tour of the classroom and school. Explain school policies and procedures regarding such things as signing in and out of the building, the time they are expected to report to school, the time their day ends, computer use, use of copy room services, etc.
|✓||Discuss daily schedules, routines, and duties. Share your teaching responsibilities with the student teacher, exchange personal phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Discuss appropriate dress code, attendance, and professional behavior in and out of school.
|✓||Provide dates and times of other teaching responsibilities (Open House, faculty meetings, department/grade level meetings, parent/teacher conferences.) These are expectations of the student teaching experience.
|✓||Work with the student teacher to determine a schedule for assuming teaching responsibilities. A recommended schedule for an 8- or 12-week assignment is available on page 15 of the student teaching handbook.
|✓||Provide the student with the course of study objectives (standards, pacing guide, etc.), textbooks and resources that relate to the content he/she will be teaching. Discuss long and short-term student learning goals for the student teacher’s experience.
|✓||Support your student teacher in developing skills in planning, instruction, and classroom management. Share your own experiences, ideas, beliefs, and management procedures to help the student to gain classroom confidence.
|✓||Encourage your student teacher to reflect on each lesson to gain further insights from his/her successes and challenges.
|✓||Set up a specific time/day you would like lesson plans for your review. Make sure this gives the student teacher ample time to modify accordingly.
|✓||Communicate regularly with the university supervisor. It is of benefit to the student teacher when the whole team is in regular communication.
|✓||Collaborate with the university supervisor on a midterm and final evaluation. On the final evaluation, be sure to assess the student on all five domains.|
...of an Administrator?
To assist you in hosting a student teacher in your building.
|✓||Welcome student teachers to your building. Discuss school wide polices and any other pertinent information student teachers should know before becoming a part of your school.|
|✓||Observe student teachers teach a lesson, if possible. Discuss this observation with the student teacher, providing insights regarding strengths and areas in need of improvement.|
|✓||Hold a mock interview with the student teacher, giving them helpful hints to improve their interviewing skills and become more confident during this process.|
|✓||Communicate any significant concerns you may have to the university supervisor or the Office of Student Teaching as soon as possible.|