What is Expected of a Student Teacher?

Please ensure that these expectations are met during your student teaching experience.

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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.