ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COOPERATING TEACHER
The cooperating teacher is a certified teacher in an accredited school who has demonstrated an interest in the preparation of teachers and a willingness to have student teachers assigned to him/her. He/she shall have a minimum of three years experience in the teaching profession, with one year in the system. He/she shall be selected by his administration for this responsibility. The specific role and responsibilities of the cooperating teacher include the following:
A. recognize that the primary responsibility is to the public school pupils;
B. accept the student teacher as a co-worker with the same rights and responsibilities as the cooperating teacher;
C. assist the student teacher to understand performance expectations and tasks as they relate to the total school program. Reinforce the orientation program by interpreting the policies and procedures governing the school, specifically the use of school facilities, materials, records, and reports;
D. Introduce the student teacher to students, clarifying the role of the student teacher as instructor, assessor and disciplinarian.
E. provide opportunities for the student teacher to observe and experience the many aspects of the total duties and responsibilities of the teacher, both in and out of the classroom.
F. actively involve the student teacher in the role of teacher as soon as is best for the student, the class, and the program. Discuss his/her plans so that the student teacher will know what to expect and will be prepared to take over the class in an emergency;
G. hold weekly conferences with student teacher in order to discuss the previous week's activities and the following week's plans;
H. acquaint the student teacher with yearly plans, reviewing what has been accomplished before his/her arrival and plans for the remainder of the period;
I. provide the necessary guidance in planning and executing the plans, as well as evaluation to determine their effectiveness;
J. share techniques, materials, and skills with the student teacher;
K. assist the student teacher in improving teaching skills by making specific suggestions, mentioning both strengths and weaknesses;
L. help acquaint the student teacher with the community and its relationship to the school;
M. assist the university supervisor in helping the student teacher with problems which may arise during the student teaching experience; and
N. accept responsibility for written reports, including evaluations required by the University (formal, confidential evaluation completed at the end of the student teaching experience.).