Responsibilities in the Classroom
During the 13-week student teaching experience it is expected that the teacher candidate will, at some point, assume the majority of the responsibilities in the classroom. While the Drexel University School of Education provides a model for the teacher candidate to gradually take over classroom responsibilities, this process is ultimately dependent on the perspective of the mentor teacher. It is the hope that the mentor teacher will consult with the Site director and advise the site director of the teacher candidate’s readiness for “full-time” teaching.
Week 1: Interactive observations (assisting the teacher, working with individual students, working with small groups, classroom organization and maintenance, assisting with classroom management etc.)
Week 2-3: Begin implementing lessons, dialogue with mentor teacher regarding feedback, ongoing planning, attend school-based events
Weeks 4-11: Assume majority of the classroom responsibilities for the whole school day (Planning, instructional delivery, classroom management, assessment, daily correspondence)
Week 12-13: Gradually give back responsibilities to the mentor teacher, observe other classrooms in the school building.