The student teacher will attend and participate in bi-weekly seminars and complete the Live Text portfolios and any other assignments (Post-Observation Reflections, MAE Term Paper, Evidence of Student Learning Projects).
Each student should be observed and evaluated four times per placement, two by the University supervisor and two by the cooperating teacher.
It is your obligation to let the supervisor know when you have begun to take over some lessons or classes, and at which times, as you phase in. Observations can be scheduled as early as the third week of a placement.
Most first observations will be scheduled; however, the University Supervisor reserves the right to make unscheduled visits. Please have a printed copy of your lesson plan for the University Supervisor for all scheduled observations. Student should arrange time for a conference with the University Supervisor immediately following the observation. The observation evaluation sheet will be given to you after your observation.
Second observations will mostly be unscheduled, so it is important that your Daily Class Schedule be accurate. Your supervisor will be very unhappy if they drive to your school for an observation and you are not available or teaching.
B. Assignments and Documents
You will complete your LiveText Portfolio for all 10 standards during the Professional Semester. Lesson Plans are sent for review separately to your supervisor and seminar leader. You will update and add some original statements and products in your student portfolio during the semester. Details below:
Provide to your Supervisor and Seminar Leader:
Post-Observation Reflections: due within 24 hours of observation. This is where you internalize and implement the feedback from your Observer (Principal, CT, Supervisor, Dept. chair). |
Evidence of Student Learning Project: How will you know that you have made a difference in your students education both now and when you have your own classroom? This activity is designed to show how. Your seminar will include details related to this project. It is a lengthy project and requires forethought and planning, coordination with your cooperating teacher, and a presentation of findings. You will do one for each placement.|
Individual Education Plan (IEP) Reviews of inclusion students (if applicable or possible) and attend S-Team and IEP meetings. Special education student teachers are required to conference with inclusion/resource teachers in their general education placement on a regular basis. Write a brief summary of your observations.|
B.II.: Prepare Lesson Plans for each lesson in every academic area taught.
Send for review to your supervisor only the lesson plan you will be conducting during a scheduled supervisor observation. Send it for review at least two days prior to the observation. Since one observation will be unscheduled, you will be expected to have a lesson plan prepared that can be sent for review within a day of the observation. |
Remember to print copies of the lesson plan and materials for your supervisor to look at during his/her observation. When you complete and revise your lesson plans, especially Unit-Post them in your L/T Portfolio as artifacts.
B.III. Evidence of student learning project: This assignment is detailed in the Seminar. The final results are to be presented in table or chart form (prepare a separate Excel spreadsheet) with copies of the pre- and post-tests. Your reports are to be placed in the Artifacts section of the Standard 8 page of the portfolio. The results should be attached to the artifacts section of Standard 8 in your portfolio.
B.IV. Candidates are required to update or add the following in their Student Portfolio in LiveText:
Resume (add a word document copy as an attachment so Principals can print it if you share with them);|
Artifacts with work from seminar or student teaching.|
Professional statements of belief for all 10 standards;|
Sample Lesson Plans from student teaching under Standard 7; |
Both evidence of student learning project findings under the artifacts section of Standard 8.|
Assessments you created under standard 8.|
NOTE: You must send for review your portfolio (even if you have shared it) to your supervisor at the end of your first placement. It will be reviewed and assessed with a rubric. This will be a PRACTICE assessment and is designed to let you know what you will need to do to make your portfolio acceptable at your Final Exit Interview. You will submit the portfolio for final review ONE WEEK PRIOR to your scheduled Final Exit Interview. Assessment at this point is final.
C. Final Exit Interview
A requirement to successfully complete this course is for student teachers to conference with a committee during the last week of Placement II to discuss their final reflections about the teacher education program, evaluate the Professional Semester experience and have their Portfolio reviewed. Students will focus on their current competencies as a professional teacher and future growth plans.
Grades for the seminar are Pass/Fail. Should you fail you will not have successfully completed the requirements of the 12-credit course and thus will not be able to apply for an Initial Teachers License. Candidates will be given a passing grade if they satisfy EACH of the following:
punctuality and attendance at placements schools and seminars;|
acceptable Observation Evaluation scores (an average score of 3 or better for each item) (A);|
completed Seminar assignments (the items under B.I. above being submitted on time);|
passing assessments of lesson plans (B.II.);|
acceptable presentation of Evidence of Student Learning project (B.III);|
passing evaluation of Student Portfolio (B.IV.); and |
successful Final Exit Interview (C).|
This Pass/Fail grade of the professional semester (student teaching semester and seminar course) includes 15 weeks of regular attendance at two cooperating school sites, 4 lesson plan evaluations, 8 observations of teaching performance, 2 evidence of student learning projects, a portfolio evaluation, and seminar attendance and participation.
Criteria and rubrics for evaluation of lesson plans, lesson observations, the evidence of student learning project, and portfolio evaluation are all included in your seminar document for your advanced knowledge of how you will be assessed.