Showing posts from September, 2013

Planning for student teaching success

This school year I embarked upon a new journey in my teaching career:  serving as a cooperating teacher to two of my department's three student teachers.  At first I was reluctant to take on student teachers because I wasn't sure if I was cut out for job of helping two pre-service teachers in what will be one of their final preparations before they get their own classrooms.  However, after a colleague and close friend reminded me serving as a cooperating teacher is one of the most valuable forms of professional development, I realized that this was an amazing opportunity for me not only to offer PD to the students assigned to me, but also this would be an opportunity for me to grow as a professional.

Throughout the semester I have or will do the following activities with my student teachers:

I introduced the student teachers to everyone they need to know in the building including principals, secretaries, department chairs, and custodians.

I created a structured student teaching