Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tips for Mentoring a Student Teacher - Releasing Responsibilities to Student Teacher

I hope you found my second set of tips useful! You can click on the picture above to see all the posts in this series.

Once your student teacher is introduced to the families, you need to set up a schedule for releasing responsibilities to your student teacher.

If your student's school gives you a suggested schedule, you should follow that.  If not, you can use these guidelines to help you.

You need to think about how long your student teacher should spend observing.  Make sure they have a few days to observe and take notes on routines.  This also gives them time to learn the names of your students.

Once your student teacher has a chance to observe your teaching, then you can think about giving him/her more responsibilities.

Start slowly.  Give your student teacher easy routines first - walking students to other places in the building, read alouds, transition times, etc.

Then start planning and co-teaching with your student teacher.  Start slow.  Spend a lot of time explaining your thinking when you are planning and reflect together after lessons.

Build on previous experiences.  Make sure you are both comfortable with what is decided.  Also rely on a schedule to help you through the student teaching experience.

Slowly let your student teacher start teaching lessons.  Each week, he/she can take over more lessons.
To go along with these blog posts, I have created a guide. This guide will be for sale in my TpT store. It is currently $3.00 in my store! If you purchase it now, you will be able to get all the updates for free just by downloading it again when I add tips to it. The graphic below shows you the printables you will get in addition to the pages of tips that are summarized here.

You might be wondering why you should purchase it since I'll be listing the tips for free here. Well, in addition to keeping all the tips together in a uniform guide, I will be creating printables that you can use with your own student teacher. You won't be able to get those here on my blog.

Remember, the price will go up in 2 weeks when I post the next tip here on my blog!

Here's a guide for you so you can see when to expect the tips.

What other tips do you have for releasing responsibilities to your student teacher?

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