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Student Teaching: Working Together MCIU Health and PE Symposium February 17, 2012 by Jeff Jacobs, Methacton School District Rick Stevenson, West Chester University. This presentation is geared toward:. those who have been cooperating teachers.

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Student Teaching: Working TogetherMCIU Health and PE SymposiumFebruary 17, 2012by Jeff Jacobs, Methacton School District Rick Stevenson, West Chester University

This presentation is geared toward:

  • those who have been cooperatingteachers.

  • those who are considering workingwith student teachers.

  • - anyone interested in the student teaching process and experience.


Participants will be able to:

  • identify steps that can be taken to help prepare the student for his/her student teaching experience.

  • formulate strategies to help your student get the most out of his/her student teaching experience.

  • compile a list of important topics to discuss during the student teaching experience.

Why work with student teachers

Why Work with Student Interns?

Why work with student Teachers?

  • Opportunity to share knowledge and experience

  • Opportunity to learn

  • Makes you a better teacher

  • Way of reaching beyond your own classroom

    (Indirectly affect 1,400,000+ students having 20 interns who each have 20 interns all having 30

    year careers in schools of 500 students!)

  • Very rewarding!


If you don’t want to be a cooperating teacher, please don’t agree to do it!

Triangle of student teaching

The Triangle of Student Teaching

Triangle of Student Teaching








Student Teaching Supervisor

Working together
Working Together

It’s important for all three to have open and honest communication!

All three should share their expectations with each other.

Don’t let any issues go unresolved for any length of time.

What do i know about student interns
What do I know about student interns? teacher climb to new heights!

I know:

  • each one is different.

  • many are very anxious to get into the

    classroom and practice what they have been learning.

  • many are idealistic.

  • each one is not at the same point in their development as a teacher.

  • They are going to make mistakes. (learning opportunities)

What do i expect of student interns
What do I expect of student interns? teacher climb to new heights!

  • Be responsible

  • Take the initiative whenever possible

  • Keep me informed of assignments & projects coming up

  • Call or e-mail whenever you need to discuss anything!

Only chocolate chip……please

1 cream, 2 sugars

Wax it too?

Expectations from West Chester University teacher climb to new heights!

It is expected that students will

prepare and teach lessons that are


- Students will write lesson plans in the

university format. Unit plans will be

written in university format.

Cooperating teachers should
Cooperating teachers should: teacher climb to new heights!

- officially observe several classes per day.

- provide daily feedback if not feedback after each


  • interrupt a ST's lesson for reasons of safety,

    incomplete directions, teachable moment, as long as it

    does not demean the student.

  • review lesson plans two days prior to implementation

    to allow time for corrections.

Required evaluations and documentation

Required teacher climb to new heights! evaluations and documentation:

Four formal graded observations in

secondary - 2 PE, 2 Health

- Three formal graded observation in


- One final assessment

- Weekly conference forms

- TIPR Evaluation (electronic version)

Try to: teacher climb to new heights!

  • treat your student teacher in a

    collegial manner.

  • do everything possible to make your

    student teacher feel welcome

    and at ease.

  • constantly offer encouragement

    and be their most enthusiastic


  • encourage your student teacher to take risks.


If possible
If possible: teacher climb to new heights!

  • provide them with their own desk or work space in the gym office.

  • grant them access to files, resources, etc.

  • have them experience the same responsibilities you must fulfill including duties, staff meetings, parent conferences, etc.

  • provide opportunities for observing other teachers in the building or district.

  • provide opportunities to assist with extra curricular activities.

I also ……… teacher climb to new heights!

  • expose my interns to my obsessive-compulsive need for organization.

  • take my interns through my Student Teacher Checklist including the 7Ps, D of 3s, etc.

I try to be a full service cooperating teacher
I Try to be a Full-Service Cooperating Teacher teacher climb to new heights!

I am willing to help my student teacher with everything – ideas, lessons, class management, cover letters, resumes, etc.

Never leave your student teacher hanging
Never leave your student teacher hanging! teacher climb to new heights!

Suggestions for interns
Suggestions for Interns teacher climb to new heights!

  • Make student teaching your full time “job” if possible – take advantage of your student teaching situation and the people around you.

  • Get to know your cooperating teacher and try to establish a good rapport with him or her as soon as possible.

  • Call by Dr., Mr., Mrs. or Ms. but not by first name unless told other wise.

  • Have a sense of humor, have fun, relax, take time to enjoy the experience.

A few more suggestions… teacher climb to new heights!

  • Be careful not to put your cooperating teacher

    in a position where he or she is on the defensive.

  • Be conscious of your WRITING SKILLS especially spelling and grammar! (and speaking skills!)

  • Get as much experience as possible!

  • Take care of your health!


Encourage your intern to ask questions
Encourage your intern to ask questions! teacher climb to new heights!

“Asking questions is a

sign of intelligent


Ask your cooperating teacher questions
Ask your cooperating teacher questions! teacher climb to new heights!

Ask your students questions
Ask your students questions! teacher climb to new heights!

If this is your idea of physical education class please do not come to my gym
If this is your idea of Physical Education class, please teacher climb to new heights! DONOT come to my gym!

At times they will feel like everything is coming at them at once!

Stay calm
Stay Calm! teacher climb to new heights!

Encourage them to:



Stay calm! Try to relax!

Please know and accept that you will not be prepared for everything
Please know and accept that you will not be prepared for everything!

The Story of Karl and Kylie

The moving story of a misunderstood child and her teacher.

Parent notes
Parent notes everything!

Sometimes it can be quite humorous

Excuses from PE class:

“………I gave her a hole asburn………”

“Please excuse _________ from running in gym because she smokes.”

“_________ bumped his head yesterday. Please excuse him from any activities that include punching or hitting.”

Help Your Student Teacher to Develop a Resource File everything!

Information, activities, lesson plans, books, journals, etc.

When the internship is over my interns leave with: Organizations

  • Resume

  • Recommendation

  • Copies of all my activities/lessons

    “Using someone else’s ideas is the

    sincerest form of flattery.”

  • Phone number / e-mail address

  • Reference & Resource forever

After* growth!

* Results are not typical and may vary from intern to intern.

Thank you for attending! growth!

Please feel free to contact us anytime:Jeff Jacobs – [email protected] 610-888-9429 Rick Stevenson - [email protected] 610-436-2140This presentation is available on Jeff’s Professional Website atwww.tinyurl/JeffJacobsHPE