GUIDELINES for 8-Week Student Teaching Placement:


Week 1
  1. General observation along with assuming some of the administrative and classroom procedural tasks.
  2. Participate in all professional development opportunities at building and district level.
  3. Wear Washburn University lanyard (and district name tag) when in school building.
  4. Assist individual or small groups of students with lessons.
  5. Plan and put up bulletin boards.
  6. Conference with Mentor Teacher regarding pupil behavior, transitions, classroom management, building safety policies, specific techniques of presentation, demonstration, supervision of seatwork, and discipline, etc. Gather data for Construct #1 of KPTP.
  7. Inquire about faculty meetings, teacher/parent conferences, professional development days, and other extracurricular duties.
  8. Determine reading (and math) levels of students and district.
  9. Gather demographics and site data on district, school building, and classroom for KPTP.
  10. Start lesson planning! Use required lesson plan outline for all lessons observed formally by Mentor Teacher or University Supervisor.
  11. Collaborate with Mentor Teacher about standards-based curriculum and possible unit plan topic/learning expectations.
  12. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to the D2L drop box) each week.


Week 2
  1. Become familiar with counselor or social worker responsibilities, such as career counseling, vocational counseling, personal counseling, testing, etc.
  2. Attend a school board meeting.
  3. Continue individual or small group assistance with lessons.
  4. Arrange for Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor to formally observe your implementation of first lesson plan (not the same lesson).
  5. Collaborate with Mentor Teacher about standards-based lesson plans and unit plan.
  6. Determine possible focus students for the KPTP case study.
  7. Determine small group to monitor as KPTP subgroup.
  8. Determine timeline for teaching Unit Plan and when to video tape 2 required unit-related lessons.
  9. Check out video equipment and practice taping before taping required lessons. Do not use cell phones or iPads; There is a variety of technical equipment available in the Carnegie Resource Center (lower level of building).
  10. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to the D2L drop box) each week.


Week 3
  1. If learning centers or block schedules were established in Week 2, the Teacher Candidate needs to determine which activities are efficient and effective. If necessary, make changes to meet student needs and practice gathers formative data.
  2. Add full complement of subject or classes to the teaching responsibilities.
  3. Continue teaching with small group instruction, individual tutoring, and other supportive activities.
  4. Arrange for videotaping of your first lesson plan for KPTP.
  5. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to the D2L drop box) each week.

Week 4
  1. Assume full teaching responsibilities, if possible.
  2. Implement Unit Plan* (“unit of study”).
  3. Collaborate with Mentor Teacher [MT] and University Supervisor [US] -- (Midterm evaluation conducted, if deemed necessary for TC progress).
  4. Receive feedback on instruction and management at this time from MT and US.
  5. Continue to gather data for KPTP; check due dates in ED 400 Course Schedule.
  6. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to D2L drop box) each week.


Week 5
  1. Assume full teaching responsibilities*.
  2. Arrange for Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor to formally observe your implementation of second lesson plan (not the same lesson).
  3. Arrange for videotaping the second lesson plan for KPTP.
  4. Plan to observe other classrooms during last week of placement.
  5. Make arrangements for administrative visit.
  6. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to D2L drop box) each week.


Week 6-7
  1. Continue full teaching responsibilities.
  2. Gather data from assessments, then analyze how/if student learning occurred and how that learning was impacted by your teaching.
  3. Gather data for the focus student case study and small group.
  4. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to D2L drop box) each week.


Week 8
  1. Transition teaching responsibilities back to the cooperating teacher.
  2. Spend one half-day with the building or assistant principal to discuss hiring criteria, interviewing guidelines and job responsibilities.
3. Observe in other classrooms to compare educational experiences.
4. Write reflections daily, then submit to University Supervisor on due date (also submit reflections to D2L drop box) each week.
5. Final Evaluations by Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor submitted online and shared with Teacher Candidate.