A note on… Co-teaching

A note on Co-teaching: As you begin to take on responsibilities in the classroom you will need to develop a good communication plan with your Cooperating Teacher. I encourage you to sit down together with the calendar and map out progressive increased classroom and teaching responsibilities, making sure you will have the required time of 100% teaching/planning according to GCU protocols for student teaching, and then gradually transitioning back. It is especially important to define clear boundaries and expectations for when your Cooperating Teacher steps in to assist, support, or re-direct during your teaching time.

**Additionally, please make sure you are scheduling regular planning and feedback sessions with your Cooperating or Mentor Teacher. If you are student teaching in your own classroom, work with your Mentor teacher to schedule observations. Ideally, they should be coming in to provide observations for you.

*Single Placements: 5 weeks of 75-100% planning and teaching (with Cooperating teacher’s guidance).

*Dual Placements: 3 weeks of 75-100% planning and teaching in each placement (with Cooperating teacher’s guidance).

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Check-In

Dear Student Teachers,

How was your week? What successes did you have? What did you find a challenge? Any surprises – pleasant or otherwise? 🙂

Any burning questions or priority concerns regarding students, your Cooperating or Mentor Teacher, other?

You can use the ‘contact‘ tab in the menu to respond. Have a great weekend!

**Thoughts to reflect on**

**What did I learn about my *strengths* this week? How can I use this knowledge to help me be successful in the classroom?    

**What did I learn about my *challenges* this week? How can I use this knowledge to help me be successful in the classroom? 

**What did I learn about who I am and my development as a teacher?

**How do I feel about myself as a student teacher and about the work that I am completing?

Professional Communication

Professional communication involves a prompt response and appropriate language. Address the person by name and/or title and end with your name. Use formal sentence structure, mechanics, and grammar, and avoid text and slang language.

Generally, a professional response time is 1 business day (M-F). It is better to respond timely even if you do not have all requested information or answers. This lets the sender know you got the communication and will be following up more completely later.

Professionalism is one of the evaluation criteria during your student teaching placement.

Placement Dates & Online Classes

Some of you may have noticed that your physical start date at your placement school and your online class cohort dates are different. This is not cause for alarm. GCU attempts to match these dates as closely as possible, but due to varying school calendars they often do not align exactly.

Your required student teaching days begin the day you start at your placement school. If you are fortunate to begin during prep week at the start of the year, and working with your Cooperating teacher, this time counts. Your four (4) official evaluations will take place on a suggested schedule that work within the actual time frame you are student teaching. They will be uploaded and submitted within the time frame of your online class so the scores can be included in your online class grade.

Due to school schedules, it’s possible your student teaching days at your placement school may extend longer than your online class dates. This is alright. This should not delay completion of your online class, or your official graduation if you are graduating during the term. Your final Time Log will be submitted when you have completed your required days.

Factors that influence when you start at your school include the district’s or school site’s preference, your availability or your Cooperating or Mentor Teacher’s preference. As soon as you have contact information for your Cooperating or Mentor teacher, please touch base and discuss your start date with them. You can also contact GCU College of Education (COE) if you have any concerns.