Experiences will vary according to the subject matter, mentor teacher expertise, and contextual constraints. This list of suggestions includes experiences for which most first year teachers will be responsible. Note the completion of any of these experiences on the outcomes rubric. If reasonable and appropriate, the mentor teacher should ask the student teacher to:
Use technology to support or extend student learning in the classroom.
Participate with the mentor teacher in all assigned “duties”.
Provide remedial help to students.
Become familiar with cumulative records and federal privacy laws for children.
Develop a case study around a student with special needs.
Participate in an IEP meeting.
Discuss individual student needs with the mentor teacher, guidance counselor, and other appropriate support personnel.
Become familiar with the School Improvement Plan.
Take roll and record attendance.
Plan and arrange a bulletin board.
Learn attendance policies and procedures for the school and the district.
Keep records of homework and grades using digital options whenever possible.
Use maps, charts, and other instructional media to support instruction.
Bring in supplementary materials.
Locate visual, reference, and other teaching materials in the library or other school sources.
Use VCRs, digital display technologies, smart boards and other projection devices during instruction.
Examine and critique curriculum guides and textbooks.
Set up demonstrations including use of computer lab facilities.
Construct study guides, content outlines, and review materials.
Construct, administer, proctor, grade, and provide feedback for a variety of student assessments.
Discuss test results with students as a group, as individuals, and with parents.
Be aware of all of the agencies in the school district and community that provide specialized services for students.
Plan daily, weekly, and unit lessons.
Develop rubrics for the assessment of student projects.
Learn the school and district discipline policies and procedures.
Participate in the resolution of disciplinary problems.
Help plan a field trip.
Plan and guide class discussions.
Discuss with the mentor teacher and employ a variety of teaching methods.
Grade papers in a timely manner and provide appropriate feedback.
Analyze sets of homework assignments to make decisions about adjusting instruction.
Make a student progress chart.
Assist with report cards.
Write brief narrative reports of student progress.
Attend PTA/PTO meetings.
Attend faculty meetings.
Attend a school board meeting.
Attend a professional organization meeting (WEA, IRA, etc.).
Work with faculty and/or parent committees.
Learn school policies: fire drills, accidents, assemblies, dismissals, signing in or out of the building, etc.
Make a seating chart.
Assist with co-curricular activities.
Learn the referral process for students needing help in speech, special education, reading, math, etc.
Work with resource teachers in reinforcement of areas such as computer skills, library skills.
Participate in parent conferences.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS DURING RESIDENCY