Thank you for allowing SUNY Buffalo State teacher candidates to student teach in your classroom!
We have adopted the co-teaching model for student teaching, which is defined as: "Two teachers (a mentor teacher and a teacher candidate) working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space" (T.Heck). Each teacher candidate is assigned a supervisor from the college and is part of a student teaching cohort. Within this cohort model the college supervisor will meet with the teacher candidates weekly for formal and informal observations and to conduct a seminar.
Your willingness to mentor our teacher candidates and to offer them your expertise, time, and guidance is greatly appreciated. Additional information about student teaching, Teacher Candidate requirements and the roles of the triad - mentor, supervisor and Teacher Candidate - can be found in the Mentor Teacher Handbook and Student Teaching Syllabus. You will be asked to complete a mid-semester and final evaluation for your teacher candidate using the EELEL Department student teaching evaluation form. Directions and a link to the evaluation form can be found in Appendix 3 (page 23-24) of the Mentor Teacher Handbook.
Additional resources on mentoring are posted on our Pinterest board: Ideas for Mentors. If you have an article, book or helpful hints for us to share, please email the Director of Student Teaching and we will add it to our Pinterest board: Helpful Hints from Mentor Teachers to their Mentee. In addition, please let us know what you would like added to the Appendices of the Mentor Teacher Handbook. We want this book to be useful to our mentor teachers and are grateful for all feedback from our mentor teachers! Thank you for partnering with us to mentor our teacher candidates during student teaching.
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