Site Visit #1

In preparation for your first site visit evaluation, please review Site Visit #1 Evaluation (15wk / 16wk) criteria so you know what to expect. I will plan to observe for about an hour teaching block, or one academic class period. You do not need to prepare and deliver a formal lesson plan the first visit, but I need to observe you working and interacting with students. Please send me your completed Self-Reflection 48 hours before the visit and plan for the following:

  1. Schedule to have your class/students covered for up to 45 minutes following the visit so we can review the observation together.
  2. We will review your completed Self-Reflection in our post-observation conference.
  3. We’ll discuss your planning and reflection sessions with your Cooperating teacher. *You should be meeting regularly with your Cooperating teacher for planning and feedback (2-3x weekly).
  4. Please review What to Expect and Tips.
  5. *Optional: take the Free CVI (green button, should not take more than 5 min.) and review your results. This is a motivation assessment index, and is useful to better understand what drivers inform how you operate in a professional capacity.

Also, please communicate with your Cooperating/Mentor Teacher and make sure they have a copy of the appropriate site visit evaluation form. Find Professional Dispositions and video resource. Please find additional GCU COE forms located here and here.

*Video recording: I do not video record observations unless requested, but I encourage you to use that as a personal reflection tool at some point during your student teaching. It is really helpful to see things that you cannot really be aware of when you are actively teaching, but are able to notice on a video. There is a release form in the Student Teaching manual appendix or on the GCU COE website.

*FYI, all site visit evaluations are scheduled. I will not be dropping in unannounced.  🙂

Great teachers have high expectations, clear objectives, are prepared and organized, engage students, form strong relationships, are masters of their subjects, and communicate often with parents.         –  Richard Leblanc


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