LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE IN STUDENT TEACHING
A Suggested Schedule
The following levels of experience in student teaching are suggested to help the cooperating teacher direct the activities of the student teacher in such a way that there is a gradual progression toward full-time classroom instruction. A student teacher should begin the teaching experience as soon as he/she is ready to assume this responsibility. This decision should be mutually agreed upon by both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher.
The schedule below is based on a seven/eight-week student teaching experience. The suggested time limits for the various levels depend upon the readiness of each student teacher.
A. LEVEL I. Observation and Pre-Teaching Participation
During this period, the student teacher observes the activities of the cooperating teacher and engages in activities that will familiarize him/her with the students, materials, and routine duties of the classroom.
Suggested activities are:
1. learn student names, become acquainted with the students through seating charts, roll-taking, collecting and grading papers, observing pupils in class and in out-of-class activities;
2. become familiar with textbooks, teaching manuals, resource units, audiovisual equipment procedures and other teaching materials;
3. become aware of the total responsibilities of the cooperating teacher, class procedures, and daily program;
4. assist with the supervision of playground, lunchroom, bus area, and hall area;
5. assist pupils on an individual basis, when necessary;
6. prepare materials for regular classroom use, e.g., charts, graphs, bulletin boards, and duplicated work;
7. work with the cooperating teacher in planning lessons and activities;
8. become acquainted with support personnel, instructional team members and procedures for cooperative efforts;
9. read and study the School District's Policy Book.
B. LEVEL II. Teaching Part-Time Under Close Supervision
Second to Fourth Week
The student teacher assumes responsibility for one or two classes or subject areas slowly adding additional classes or subjects under the close supervision of the cooperating teacher.
C. LEVEL III. Assuming Maximum Teaching Responsibilities
Fifth to Seventh Week
During this period, the student teacher conducts classroom instruction over an extended period of time. The student teacher is not under direct observation for at least one week of this time. The amount of student teacher "solo" teaching time depends upon several factors and will be determined according to the cooperating teacher's judgment. (See "Roles and Responsibilities of the Student Teacher," H)
Suggested activities are to:
1. plan one week in advance for a full week of teaching (see Exhibit A);
2. discuss plans with the cooperating teacher and university supervisor; and finally to
3. assume all the duties of the cooperating teacher.
D. LEVEL IV. Transition and Expanded Observation Period
During this period, the student teacher assists in returning control of the class to the cooperating teacher. If possible, the student teacher should observe in other classes both within his/her teaching field or grade level and in other areas.