Student teachers must schedule an introductory meeting and introduce themselves to their cooperating teachers prior to the beginning of the student teaching semester. This meeting will determine the following:
Beginning and ending of school day (teachers' hours).
School calendar (Student teachers follow the district calendar).
Review the curriculum to be covered in the course.
Check out textbooks and other teaching materials from the cooperating teacher.
Agree upon a plan for assuming teaching responsibilities.
Obtain from the cooperating teacher a faculty and student handbook, and review administrative regulations/routines.
Become familiar with the existing discipline plan.
Locate campus facilities to be used (i.e., library, textbook room, audiovisual supply room, department workroom, faculty lounge, auditorium, counseling facilities).
Meet other members of the Staff (i.e., principal, assistant principal, department chairperson, librarian. counselors, teacher aides, etc.).
Become acquainted with the pupils and learn their names.
Observe and discuss class interactions with the teacher.
Student teachers should plan to assume control of the class gradually. To help this process, student teachers should do the following:
Plan cooperatively for instruction. The plans should include, but not be limited to, instructional goals and objectives, anticipatory set, the subject material to be covered, the procedures to be used, lesson closure, the audiovisual materials, an evaluation of pupil achievement, and other supplies to be incorporated.
Utilize a variety of teaching materials and strategies in order to determine those which are most appropriate.
Develop and implement procedures for managing the class effectively during instruction, incorporating various groupings and presentation techniques-
Determine the students' developmental levels. Provide commensurate instruction.
Participate in the evaluation and documentation of student progress and attendance.
Demonstrate an ability to-continually assume greater responsibility in conducting the classes.
Student teachers must be responsible for their professional growth.
Contact the school, cooperating teacher, and University supervisor if illness prevents attendance.
Become involved in the total school program by participating in school assemblies, faculty and department meetings, P.T.A. meetings, athletic events, stage productions, parent conferences, in service activities, etc.
Meet with the cooperating teacher, apart from class time on a regular basis to review the instruction to date critique teaching performance, and assist in planning daily lessons for the upcoming week.
Confer with the University supervisor on a regular basis.
Observe, if appropriate at the end of the semester, the teaching of other master teachers in the building. Arrangements must be made with the cooperating teacher, the University supervisor, the principal, if appropriate, and the teacher to be observed.