Field Experiences and Student Teaching Handbook

Linda Ludwig
Teacher Education Field Experiences Director

179C Whitman Hall
Phone: 906.227.1881
E-mail: lludwig@nmu.edu 

Paula Ritari
Secretary

179 Whitman Hall
Phone: 906.227.2160
E-mail: pritari@nmu.edu

Handbook(PDF):  A Handbook for Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, and University Supervisors.

 

Student Teaching Guide 

Philosophy of Teaching Program: Student teaching is the most important experience in teacher education.

Goals of the Student Teaching Program: Provide student teachers a challenging, relevant and rewarding experience, which will allow them to acquire professional competence.

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First day of student teaching

  • Introduce student teacher as a professional to school and community
  • Provide professional workspace for student teacher
  • Provide seating chart and necessary student information
  • Engage student teacher in meaningful activities immediately

First week of student teaching

  • Allow opportunities to observe your class, other teachers, and become oriented to the school
  • Have student teachers begin the following: work with one group, teach one class, administer tests, perform routine duties, and practice classroom control.

Weeks 2-6 (4 weeks)

  • Gradually increase responsibilities and decrease dependency on supervising teacher
  • Evaluate student teacher's daily plans for approval and improvements
  • Evaluate progress and give frequent feedback
  • Have student teach a half or full day before the Early Evaluation is due
  • Continue to model effective teaching techniques/strategies.

Weeks 6-8 (2 weeks)

  • Have student complete 1-2 weeks of full-time teaching before the Mid Term Evaluation is due
  • Complete the Mid-Term evaluation based upon their current performance and share concerns

Weeks 8-12

  • If a student teacher is a split placement, they will move to their next placement at week 8. The new placement will begin with the responsibilities of the First Day of Student Teaching through Week 8 – see above.
  • Continuously evaluate progress and give feedback as they assume more duties

Weeks 12-16 (4 weeks)

  • Have students complete at least two more full weeks of teaching, assuming all responsibilities.
  • Have student teachers gradually return teaching responsibilities. Student teacher observes in other classes for the last 1-2 weeks of placement.      
  • Edit and give feedback on the student teacher’s resume and online portfolio before the mock interviews
  • Discuss with the student teacher: school unions, show them a school contract, explain the pay scale and other items they will need when they receive their first teaching job.
  • Complete the Final Evaluation and give final feedback. Discuss with the student who they would like to write their letters of recommendation and who they will list as their references.

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JOB DESCRIPTION - Cooperating Teacher

General Description of Duties of Cooperating Teacher:

The cooperating teacher mentors a student teacher during their final semester. A cooperating teacher welcomes a student teacher to the classroom/school community and encourages them to work with students. The cooperating teacher is a role model who provides guidance and feedback during their time in the classroom/school setting.

Job Requirements – Confirmed with the building or district level administrator responsible for teacher evaluation

  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience.
  • Be in good standing on current teacher evaluations with ratings of “effective” or “highly effective”.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Attend to the information provided in the monthly NMU Teacher Education Advisory Council meetings (on-campus, email, virtual, or phone) in support of the evaluation process, collegiality, teacher candidate support, and program support and improvement..

Payment & Reimbursement of Cooperating Teacher:

Cooperating teachers receive an honorarium payment from NMU for mentoring a student teacher. There are three choices: (1) Use your credits to take a course while you have a student teacher, ED586 Supervision of Student Teacher, (2) Bank your credits to use within three years for future NMU graduate courses, or (3) Receive a cash stipend of $100 for a 16-week placement or $50 for a half-time placement. All cash stipends are processed through your school district’s payroll system through a transfer of funds to your district’s business office.

Job Duties of Cooperating Teacher:

  • Guide the Student Teacher in preparing plans and teaching lessons and to invite them to become part of the school community in support of the domains outlined in the Final Evaluation (Danielson Framework).
  • Engage in frequent mentoring conversations with the Student Teacher to ensure continuous progress and/or early identification of concerns. Provide feedback, guidance, and assistance to enhance performance.
  • Require the Student Teacher to be solely responsible for the planning, preparation, and instruction for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Complete three (3) online evaluation reports; Charlotte Danielson Framework Early, Mid-Term and Final Evaluation.
  • Complete all required Michigan Department of Education and NMU surveys in a timely manner.
  • Monitor and document Student Teacher’s attendance and leave requests.  Discuss attendance concerns with the Director of Field Experiences.
  • Promptly communicate any emerging issues and potential concerns to the Director of Field Experiences.
  • Complete a letter of recommendation for each Student Teacher.
  • Complete and submit all observation reports and evaluations according to the Student Teaching Calendar.

JOB DESCRIPTION – University/Field Supervisor

General Description of Duties of University/Field Supervisor

The field supervisor is coach, mentor and evaluator for student teachers. The field supervisor provides feedback, guidance and assistance during the performance in the classroom/school setting. The field supervisor supports the student teacher throughout the semester providing feedback and goal setting in writing and verbally during post-conference conversations. The field supervisor collaborates with the cooperating teacher and the NMU Director of Field Experiences in support of the student teacher.

Job Requirements of University/Field Supervisor – Submission of a current resume or vita

  • Previous teaching experience (elementary or secondary)
  • Previous supervisory experience in providing feedback in the content or specialty area(s)
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency

Payment & Reimbursement of University/Field Supervisor:

Field supervisor will receive a stipend at the completion of student teaching when all evaluations are submitted. This is to include the four observations; the early, mid-term, and final evaluations; and all Michigan Department of Education surveys. NMU will reimburse Field Supervisors’ mileage at the current rate (.54 per mile as of 1/1/16)

Job Duties of University/Field Supervisor:

  • Attend to the information provided at the monthly NMU Teacher Education Advisory Council meetings (on-campus, email, virtual, or phone) in support of the evaluation process, collegiality, teacher candidate support, and program support and improvement.
  • Visit the student teacher two (2) times for a split placement and four (4) times for a full placement at the school site throughout the semester, provide written observational feedback, and conduct debriefing sessions with the Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher. 
  • Complete four (4) observation reports and provide a copy to the Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher within 24-48 hours of the observation visit. Provide written feedback on focus areas, strengths, goals and a summary of the post-conference. Student teachers will submit each observation report to EduCat.
  • Complete three (3) online evaluation reports; Charlotte Danielson Framework; Early, Mid-Term and Final Evaluation.
  • Recognize the Student Teacher’s accomplishments and create a positive mentoring experience
  • Provide appropriate feedback, guidance, and assistance to the Cooperating Teacher and Student Teacher to enhance performance
  • Respect the judgment of the Cooperating Teacher in matters affecting the instructional program.
  • Follow the school’s guest visitation policies. Sign in and ask for a visitor badge.
  • Monitor and document Student Teacher’s attendance and leave requests.  Discuss attendance concerns with the Director of Field Experiences.
  • Promptly communicate any emerging issues and potential concerns to the Director of Field Experiences.
  • Complete a letter of recommendation for each Student Teacher.
  • Complete and submit all observation reports and evaluations according to the Student Teaching Calendar.

About our NMU Student Teacher Placements

  • Required 16-week student teacher placement
  • Student teachers are assigned a cooperating teacher and field supervisor
  • Field supervisors will visit four (4) times and complete four (4) observation reports.
  • Three (3) Charlotte Danielson Framework online evaluations are completed by the student teacher, cooperating teacher and field supervisor
  • Student teachers are enrolled in ED450 Student Teaching Seminar (in-person or online). The in-person courses are on NMU’s campus and meet four (4) days.
  • Students obtain a substitute-teaching permit for the district they are student teaching.
  • Student teachers follow the calendar of the school in which they are placed
  • Student teachers will follow the same rules and guidelines of all staff at the school.

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FOUR (4) OBSERVATIONS / VISIT REPORTS:

-Field/University Supervisors will observe Student Teacher a minimum of four (4) times during the semester. For student teachers on split assignments a minimum of two (2) observations will occur during each eight-week placement.

-Student Teachers should submit any pre-observation materials (lesson plans, assessments, guiding questions, requested focus areas for the observation, etc.) to the Field/University Supervisor prior to the visit so as to provide context for lesson to observe.

-The observation is three parts: observation of teaching, debriefing the observation with the student teacher, written feedback to the student teacher and cooperating teacher on the observation and debriefing.

-An observation is typically a 45-60-minute teaching episode. Each observation requires a 15-20 minute debrief with the student teacher.

-The Field/University Supervisor will submit a written VISIT REPORT within 48 hours of the lesson observation to the student teacher and cooperating teacher.

-Student teacher respond by answering three questions on the VISIT REPORT and uploads the report to Educat.

-These four (4) VISIT REPORTS are assignments for ED450 Student Teaching seminar.

ONLINE EVALUATIONS. NMU uses the Charlotte Danielson Framework evaluation tool. There are three evaluations: Early, Midterm and Final evaluations.  The student teacher begins the evaluation process by completing the questions and comments for each domain. After the student completes this step, an email, with the student responses, is sent to the cooperating teacher and university supervisor to complete their part.

 

------------------------------Honorarium Payment for Cooperating Teachers -------------------------

Thank you for your willingness to supervise a student teacher from Northern Michigan University. Because of your willingness, we would like to provide you with an honorarium payment to show our appreciation for mentoring our student teacher.  Below are three options for you.

1-Use your credits to take a course while you have a student teacher (ED586)

You can register for ED586: Seminar for Supervisors of Student Teaching. You can register for 1 credit if you have a student teacher for 8 weeks (section 1) and 2 credits if you have a student teacher for 16 weeks (section2). To register for ED586 for this semester you need to do things in this order so you do not receive a bill in the mail: Complete the request for information at the end of this letter and send it to Paula Ritari pritari@nmu.edu Contact the Student Service Center at ssc@nmu.edu or 906-227-1221 to register for ED586

2-Bank your credits to use for future NMU graduate courses OR assign these credits to another graduate/undergraduate student at NMU

A cooperating teacher is given a tuition credit honorarium of 2 credits for full-time supervision or 1 credit for half-time supervision. Please keep in mind that if the credit hour honorarium is preferred, this credit is to be used in taking classes at NMU. It may also be given to a person completing hours in a teacher preparation program (undergraduate or graduate). Credits expire after three years. Credit transfer must be done upon initial receipt of credit. To register for a class and put your credit honorarium toward your tuition bill, contact the Student Service Center at ssc@nmu.edu, 906-227-1221.

            3-Cash Stipend

A cooperating teacher is given an honorarium of either $100.00 for 16 weeks full-time supervision or $50.00 for half-time supervision. If you choose to accept the monetary honorarium, NMU will send a check in the name of your school district. The honorarium will then be disbursed by your school district’s business manager.

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Can student teachers substitute teach?

Yes, student teachers can substitute teach during student teaching. They can only substitute in the classroom that they are currently student teaching. Student teachers are not to sub more than 10 days during their student teaching. The cooperating teacher and school administration must approve of the substitute teaching. The student teachers will be paid the same as a regular substitute teacher and meet the necessary requirements for substitute teaching by the district. The student teachers will be available to cover the supervising teacher's classroom on those days, such as TEAC meetings, where the absence of the supervisor from the classroom is necessary for the promotion of the student teacher program. These days are not considered substitute teaching for which they would not be paid.

What is the attendance policy for student teachers?

Student teachers are expected to be in attendance every day, all day. Daily arrival and departure times will follow the daily schedule of the cooperating teacher. Only two absences, whether for illness or personal reasons, are allowed. All other absences must be made up. Absences for personal business are strongly discouraged. Students are expected to have affairs in order before student teaching begins. Student teachers are allowed two additional days for absences for teaching job interviews, if needed, and approved by the cooperating teacher.

Can student teachers work during student teaching?

Students cannot work M-F of student teaching. Students are to free themselves of work responsibilities during the week while student teaching to allow for a full-time commitment to teaching. Student teachers may work Friday evening (6:00 PM) to Sunday evening (6:00 PM). However, student teachers may be asked to terminate work should the activities interfere with their performance in school. Students may be involved in volunteer school activities that are commonly done by teachers such as coaching and tutoring.

Can student teachers take additional classes?

No, students cannot take additional classes during student teaching. An audit is done on your file before you student teach to ensure that you are prepared to graduate upon completion of student teaching. Katie Berger Racine will inform you if there are any special circumstances.

Is there a student teaching calendar?

Yes, there is a Student Teaching calendar available. During student teaching, all students are expected to begin with and adhere to the school calendar in the school district to which they are assigned. Vacations are scheduled according to the school district calendar. The final date of student teaching is the Wednesday before the end of NMU's semester. Other dates related to student teaching are listed on the Student Teaching Calendar given to each student and supervising teacher.

Do students need to go to student teaching seminar?

Yes. Student teachers are required to attend all seminars, which are generally held on four (4) Fridays during the student teaching semester. If you are student teaching out of the area, they will be involved in an online seminar course.  Seminars will include topics such as classroom management, organization, differentiated instruction, active shooter training, financial planning, mock interviews, and teacher certification. Seminar dates are listed on the Student Teaching Calendar and in the schedule of classes. Student teachers will be excused from their classroom duties for all seminars.

Where do we go if there is a problem during student teaching?

1. Conference with the cooperating teacher and student teacher as soon as possible. 2. If not resolved, contact the university supervisor and arrange a conference with relevant parties. 3. If still not resolved, refer to the Director of Field Experiences who will seek resolution and determine what action is needed.

Where do we go if there is a problem during student teaching?

1. Conference with the cooperating teacher and student teacher as soon as possible. Early identification and addressing of problems aids in their solution.

2. If not resolved, contact the university supervisor and arrange a conference with relevant parties.

3. If still not resolved, refer to the Director of Field Experiences who will seek resolution and determine what action is needed.

Where do I get the Student Teacher Handbook?

The Student Teacher Handbook is available online and in paper copy. Please go over with your cooperating teacher.

What are the responsibilities of the student teacher?

Background Check/Fingerprinting: Here in the School of Education we need verification that your fingerprints were taken and a background check was conducted. MARESA (Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency) is your first point of contact to get paperwork in place. The background check costs $80.00, cash or check only, and are conducted at the Michigan State Police Department on Baraga Street. This needs to be done before the first week of student teaching. Beginning in 2018, all student teachers need to have a background check through MARESA.

 

MARESA (Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency)

321 East Ohio Street

Marquette, MI 49855

(906) 225-5100

Contact Person: Holly Nardi

hnardi@maresa.org

 

Substitute Teaching Permit: If you are teaching locally, please contact MARESA. A sub permit costs $45.00. Here is the the link: http://www.maresa.org/employment/substitute-teaching/ The contact person is Holly Nardi hnardi@maresa.org  call at 226-5100. If you are student teaching out of the area, or in another state, contact the school district and ask about the steps to secure a substitute teaching license.This can be a long process and will require your patience, please start this summer.

  • Take the MTTC Subject Area Tests in your major and minor. Local testing schedule available at  www.mttc.nesinc.com

  • Take CPR Course (Adult and Child)- American Red Cross or American Heart Association .Available at NMU-PIEF

  • Send a copy of your CPR and First Aid cards to Paula Ritari pritari@nmu.edu.  Keep the original copy for your records.

  • The requirements of obtaining a Michigan Teaching Certificate will be explained during the student teaching seminar.

Where do I go with questions?

Linda Ludwig, Director of Field Experiences –lludwig@nmu.edu - 906-227-1881

Paula Ritari, School of Education Secretary – pritari@nmu.edu - 906-227-2160

Nancy Carter, Certification Counselor; Graduate Programs Coordinator - ncarter@nmu.edu - 906-227-1625

Katie Berger Racine, Director of Teacher Education Student Services – kaberger@nmu.edu - 906-227-2963

Contact Information

           

Our office is located on the campus of Northern Michigan University in 179 Whitman Hall

NMU School of Education website: https://www.nmu.edu/education/studentteaching

 Northern Michigan University

School of Education, Leadership and Public Service

179 Whitman Hall

1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855

 

Student Teacher Observation/Visit Report

FOUR (4) OBSERVATIONS / VISIT REPORTS:

-Field/University Supervisors will observe Student Teacher a minimum of four (4) times during the semester. For student teachers on split assignments a minimum of two (2) observations will occur during each eight-week placement.

-Student Teachers should submit any pre-observation materials (lesson plans, assessments, guiding questions, requested focus areas for the observation, etc.) to the Field/University Supervisor prior to the visit so as to provide context for lesson to observed.

-The observation is three parts: observation of teaching, debriefing the observation with the student teacher, written feedback to the student teacher and cooperating teacher on the observation and debriefing.

-An observation is typically a 45-60-minute teaching episode. Each observation requires a 15-20 minute debrief with the student teacher.

-The Field/University Supervisor will submit a written VISIT REPORT within 48 hours of the lesson observation to the student teacher and cooperating teacher.

-Student teacher respond by answering three questions on the VISIT REPORT and uploads the report to Educat.

-These four(4) VISIT REPORTS are assignments for ED450 Student Teaching seminar.

 

Student Teacher:                                                                       Date & Time:                                                                         

Cooperating Teacher:                                                    Grade/Subject:                          Observation#:  1      2     3      4

School:                                                                                     Number of Students:                                                          

Field/University Supervisor:                                                      Lesson Topic:                                                                        

Field/University Supervisor Questions

OBSERVATION

Describe the Lesson Observed as it pertains to classroom management and the organization of the learning space.

Describe the Lesson Observed as it pertains to the use of higher order questions, engagement of students in the learning process, and differentiation of instructional activities.

Describe other observations and/or use this space for other documentation of the lesson.

DEBRIEFING:

Based on the debriefing, what did the student teacher say about how they used prior assessments and knowledge of students to plan and deliver the lesson.

Based on the debriefing, what did the student teacher say as to how they are using technology to teach, assess, communicate, and find additional resources in their teaching?

NEXT VISIT GOALS:

List strengths and goals for future visits.

Student Teacher Questions  

NOTE: These questions are to be answered by the student teacher

1) Through example, describe what went well with this lesson before, during, and/or after.

2) Based on the lesson and the feedback you received what changes would you make to this lesson if you taught it again to the same group of students?

3) Summarize the conversation you had with your Cooperating Teacher about this lesson and the feedback you received from you Field/University Supervisor.

 

PART I: FIELD EXPERIENCES

Questions about Teacher Education Field Experiences
Courses Requiring Field Experience

Phase I Field Experiences
ED 201/301: Introduction to Education/Dimensions of American Education
ED 230/231: Teaching and Learning in the Elementary Classroom/Teaching and Learning in the Secondary Classroom
ED 360: Orientation to Special Education
ED 401: Curriculum and Methods for Teaching the Mentally Impaired
ED 402: Teaching Life Skills to Impaired Individuals

Phase II Field Experiences
Introduction

Elementary Program
ED 306: Children's Literature
ED 311/316: Language Arts Methods & Materials/Elementary Reading Instruction I
ED 312: Science Methods & Materials for Elementary Teachers
ED 318: Elementary Reading Instruction II
ED 361: Special Education and the General Classroom Teacher
MA 353: Elementary Mathematics Methods

Secondary Program
ED 319/349: Teaching of Reading for Secondary Teachers/Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice in the Secondary School Community
ED 350: Specialized Secondary Methods

Special Education Program
ED 403: Transition Students with Disability
ED 406: Supervised Apprenticeship in Teaching Students with Cognitive Impairment in K-12 Settings
ED 408: Instruction and Educational Structuring for Students with Emotional Impairment
ED 409: Supervised Apprenticeship with Students with Emotional Impairment

PART II: STUDENT TEACHING

Philosophy of Teaching Program
Goals of the Student Teaching Program
Application for Student Teaching
Student Teaching Policies
Responsibilities of the Supervising Teacher
Responsibilities of the Student Teacher
Responsibilities of the Principal
Responsibilities of the School Coordinator
Responsibilities of the University Supervisor
Responsibilities of the Director
Suggestions for Student Teacher Orientation
Requirements for Certification




 

 


 

 

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