Cooperating Teachers are Responsible for:
Allowing opportunities to learn
- allow interns opportunities to engage in observations of learners, small group facilitation, implementation of lesson plans and eventually unit plan during the full time teaching block of five weeks.
- provide the intern with up to one hour of preparation time each day prior to full-time teaching and some preparation time during the full-time teaching period
- provide formal written feedback as 'evidence of progress' toward program goals/outcomes (interns gather this evidence to be part of their Professional Growth Portfolio [PGP])
Allow opportunities for broad based experiences:
- Multiple grade experiences
- Multiple subject area experiences
- Invite participation in extra-curricula events and PD opportunities (including participating with your intern in a College of Education sponsored in-service)
Allowing opportunities for professional conversations:
- discuss core concepts, topics and time frames so the intern can begin planning his/her teaching responsibilities as early as possible in the internship
- schedule regular and timely feedback during daily conferences
- provide feedback on the intern's unit plans
- development of at least two formal unit plans is expected
- use the College of Education Program Goals & Outcomes and the Professional Growth Portfolio (PGP) as the basis for discussions
Encouraging "Learning/Learner Focused Supervision"
Allowing experimentation and risk-taking
- endorse efforts to plan and implement inquiry approaches, problem-based learning and other student-centred learning opportunities
- team-teach and co-generate unit(s) with the intern
- participate with the intern scheduled in-services
Completing Internship Assessment forms (mid-term and final reports) with the intern.
- Can be done collaboratively by several teachers and the intern
- provide regular documentation in circumstances where the intern is experiencing difficulties
- communicate concerns to the intern first and, if necessary, to the intership facilitator if concerns cannot be resolved
Ensuring that the intern is not assigned duties as a certified or substitute teacher, a coach (except as an assistant), a sole supervisor of playgrounds, halls, dances or sports events, or a person responsible for transportation of students.
For additional information contact:
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan