To this great list I would add:
Samples of rewards given to students, for good behavior, entries in
art exhibits, etc. This may include templates for certificates,
sample ribbons, etc.
Introduction to staff at meetings, also introduction to staff
support members--custodians, nurses, etc. If possible, get pictures
of all staff members, students and make available to student teacher
Introduction to/awareness of parent organization officers, like PTO,
Ask student teacher to make a sample substitute plan in case she/he
Location of and operation of audio/visual equipment, copiers,
A floor plan of the school
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
Art teacher, K-5, retired
On Feb 18, 2007, at 11:44 AM, Sue Stevens wrote:
> I do an info sheet for my student teachers.....have you thought
> about including the following:
> 1. information that would not be in a staff manual (for example -
> we have a photocopy room which has a coffee machine in it....but it
> is not for staff use...only for the office.....that's not in the
> staff manual because it's common knowledge - but I has a student
> teacher once take coffee from it and get in trouble with the
> 2. your qualifications (as their associate/mentor/whatever your
> area calls you)
> 3. your contact information, including e-mails, home numbers, etc.
> 4. if your area is prone to snow delays/cancellations....what
> radio station / website they should be looking at for
> information...what do do...and I also include what time I leave the
> house, as I commute to work, incase they are unsure if they are to
> travel in bad weather.
> 5. important dates that would affect their teaching (ie: assemblies)
> 6. important dates that they should be aware of (ie: student
> council spirit days, etc.)
> 7. I also have homework for the student teacher to
> complete....yes, homework! In our area, they are suppose to come
> with a 'resume' type page for use, but I've found that a lot
> don't...so I have them complete an info sheet for me. I ask them
> to include their teaching subject, with specifics (for example, are
> they art histroy majors, studio arts, graphic arts, etc.) I ask
> them to include what they taught at the previous student teaching
> blocks (they do three blocks of teaching time in this area)...this
> is so I don't give them the same thing......I ask them what they
> think are their strengths in the arts, and what they know are their
> weaknesses (or what they are unfamiliar with) so that I can expose
> them to a little more stuff (ie: have they had any experience with
> clay? printmaking? etc.).
> 8. If there are specific routines for your classroom (that are
> unique compared to the regular school routines) that should be
> explained ie: where/how do students hand things in? Makes it
> easier for the student teacher, and the students as routines remain
> relatively normal.
> That's all I can think of for now......
> good luck!
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