Cooperating Teacher Orientation MSUM Field Experiences 2006 Dear Cooperating Teacher, Thank you for your willingness to welcome a student teacher into your classroom. It is our hope and expectation that your experience as a cooperating teacher will be enjoyable and rewarding!
Cooperating Teacher Orientation
MSUM Field Experiences
Thank you for your willingness to welcome a student teacher into your classroom. It is our hope and expectation that your experience as a cooperating teacher will be enjoyable and rewarding!
Expectations of the cooperating teacher, student teacher, and university supervisor
How to prepare for your student teacher
How and when to fill out forms
What to do if there is a problem
*How far in advance do you want lesson plans?
*Do you expect long-term plans?
*How closely must the student teacher follow the adopted texts? May he or she try things that are not in the texts?
*What do you expect in terms of instructional strategies? Is cooperative learning ok? Do you want to see direct instruction?
*Will you ever intervene during a lesson? Under what conditions?
*Who grades what? Which papers will the student teacher be expected to grade?
*How much noise do you tolerate?
*How much latitude does the student teacher have in changing the discipline plan? Moving the desks?
*What time should the student teacher be there in the morning? How late should she or he stay after school?
*What is the procedure for calling in sick?
*What is the dress code?
*Establish the expectation that you will communicate regularly.
*Make a plan for how and when you will talk about teaching performance.
*Your student teacher will fill out a dispositions self-evaluation and set goals at midterm. The university supervisor will provide this form. The student teacher will share the goals with you and ask for your feedback.
Cooperating Teacher Checklist
Dr. Lynn Mahlum
Director of Field Experiences
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Once each week, we will send CEUs to teachers who have submitted the survey. We will also enter you in the drawing. The drawing will take place the day student teaching begins for the semester.