Preparing for a Student Teacher
Supervision of a Student Teacher (S.T.) requires a great deal of careful planning. Preplanning on the part of the Cooperating Teacher can create a good learning atmosphere and alleviate many problems before they arise. The following checklist has been designed as a guide to help you prepare for the Student Teacher.
- Preparing the Students
___tell the students that a new teacher is coming to join their music classroom for eight-weeks starting the next Monday. Build interest by telling them that they will love having music class with the student teacher who will bring many wonderful ideas to teach them.
___discuss advantages of having two teachers with the music class
___teaching younger students how to pronounce the student teacher's name provides a personal connection, even before the student teachers arrives.
___explain that another teacher will have the same authority as you do
- Organizing the Music Room
___provide the S.T. with a well-supplied desk or work area
___provide storage space for coats and other needed materials.
- Locating Materials, provide the S.T. copy of:
___course and student handbooks
___Fire Drill and Emergency Procedures
___schedule of classes
___School Policy Book for inspection
___ seating charts
___room rules established with pupils
___location of supplies and materials within the room
___make available cumulative folders or info on pupils with special needs
- Familiarizing the S.T.with Service Facilities
___demonstrate use and policy of copying machines
___acquaint the S.T. with location and use of audio-visual materials
___familiarize the S.T. with location of special rooms: lunchroom, office, speech, first aid, etc.
- Preplanning for My Teaching
___outline my expectations for the S.T.
___familiarize myself with the S.T.’s background
___plan a tentative sequence of learning activities for the S.T.
___plan to teach varied lessons for observation by the S.T.
___identify long and short term goals for my class
___examine my own teaching techniques and behaviors, and be ready to discuss them
- Planning with the S.T.and University Supervisor
___provide time to develop plans jointly
___plan sufficient time for conferences
___locate an appropriate place for conferences with the University Supervisor and my S.T.
___discuss and share teaching experiences