Just before or immediately after the start of the semester, the University supervisor will conduct an initial meeting with the intern and mentor teacher. The following points should be covered at this meeting:
- Discuss roles and expectations for the intern, mentor and supervisor.
- Address any questions or concerns regarding the internship.
- Discuss the tentative timeline for the intern to begin taking responsibility for planning and teaching.
- Set up a tentative schedule for observations.
- Review the evaluation forms (standards and dispositions) with mentor and intern.
- Collect the paperwork from the mentor teacher(s). Return your paperwork along with that from the mentor teachers to your respective College of Education office (Boise, Coeur d'Alene or Moscow).
DURING THE SEMESTER
- Observe the intern a minimum of four times throughout the semester (not including the evaluation conferences).
- Review the student teacher’s lesson plans prior to each observation.
- Conduct follow-up conferences with the intern to provide oral and/or written feedback regarding the planning and teaching of each observed lesson.
- Conduct a mid-term evaluation with both mentor and intern. Discuss both strengths and areas for improvement. Make sure the forms are signed by the intern, the mentor teacher, and the supervisor and submitted to the respective College of Education office (Boise, Coeur d'Alene or Moscow).
- Consult regularly with the mentor teacher (by e-mail, phone or in person before or after observations) to get a full indication of each intern’s progress to identify potential problems and to help the mentor play an active role in supporting and evaluating the intern.
- We highly recommend the student teacher use a notebook or journal to reflect on their teaching. It should include copies of their lesson plans for review. Discuss their reflections. The mentor and supervisor should have access to the notebook to make comments as well. This is a great way to give a quick compliment or address their concerns without having to interrupt class to do it.
- Meet with the intern as needed to share ideas and resources, assist in planning, discuss teaching experiences, and work on other aspects of teaching and learning to teach. Involve mentors in these activities as much as possible.
- Help resolve conflicts/problems/concerns that might occur during the student teaching semester.
- Conduct an exit conference to complete the final evaluation. Make sure the forms are signed by the intern, the mentor teacher, and the supervisor and submitted to the respective College of Education office (Boise, Coeur d'Alene or Moscow).
- Write a final letter of recommendation when requested.