Case Study 46: New Strategies. What to do when you do not agree with your student teacher’s strategies…. Your Student Teacher.
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What to do when you do not agree with your student teacher’s strategies…
“The University School of Education where your student teacher was educated is known as an innovative school in touch with the latest developments. The result is apparent as your student teacher, Quincie, comes with a number ofideas that are different from your practices. She believes that students learn from each other and the teacher’s role is that of a facilitator. In addition, she has indicated that she wants to evaluate her students by the use of portfolios rather than by giving conventional tests.”
“One day in class, Quincie has the students in groups and they obviously are not on task. This concerns you because you think the student teacher should intervene and be more directive. Yet, you are aware of the consequences resulting from interruptions.”
DO NOT INTERRUPT!
Conference with the teacher before the lesson to discuss the strategies that should be used.
Conference with the teacher about what you observed and analyzed.
Tell us what you think?
“Many practices area changing so rapidly in education that it difficult to determine what is and what is not worthwhile. It is sometimes comfortable just to remain with the procedure that works and to resist any changes. However, it is important to allow your student teacher some freedom to experiment with new strategies. In this case, the cooperating teacher has to make a judgment as to whether the new technique is working. Is the problem the strategy, the deliver, or the classroom management? A reflective conference with the student teacher should help to avoid a repeated situation.”