Cooperating Teachers

  • The responsibility of the cooperating teacher/mentor is to provide a meaningful experience that enhances the student’s career development.


    SELECTION CRITERIA

    Principals and the district placement coordinator work collaboratively to select placements for each students. Cooperating teachers must meet the following criteria:

    • At least three years teaching experience
    • Good standing with the district
    • Exhibits a command of effective instruction (including assessment, differentiation, lesson planning, curriculum development)
    • Explicit about what they are doing as an instructor and why they are doing it
    • Ability to scaffold experiences for the student teacher/intern so that they can learn to be independent
    • Willing and able to engage collaboratively with the student teacher in a cycle of observation and feedback
    • Continual learner and is willing to learn from student teacher/intern
    • Strong communication skills (candid, gives explicit reasons, able to develop trust, able to give and receive feedback)
    • Knowledgeable of adult learning

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Create a supportive atmosphere with the student teacher/intern that will result in that student’s success as an educator
    • Engage collaboratively with the student teacher in a cycle of observation and feedback
    • Help the student teacher/intern plan daily lessons
    • Plan and conduct conferences with the student teacher/intern on a regular basis with a focus on developing their professional practice
    • Serve as a teaching model for the student teacher/intern by: Utilizing currently valued teaching materials and techniques; Demonstrating the planning and teaching necessary and the teaching methods involved in accommodating individual learning differences; Specifying and measuring behavioral change in students as a basis for evaluating teaching performance
    • Provide opportunity for student teacher/intern to meet and/or observe other teachers at the school site
    • Provide co-teaching opportunity throughout entire placement
    • Rate the student teacher/intern’s progress in specific areas and write timely evaluative comments, as requested by the university program
    • Provide feedback for the district for consideration when student teachers apply for teaching positions in the district

     

    Access the Student Teacher & Intern Handbook

    For questions, please email studentteachers@sumnersd.org.