University Supervisor Responsibilities

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Conference with Student

The university supervisor’s main responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Conferences with the student teacher and cooperating teacher to explain the purposes of various reports and the methods for using them.
  2. Orients new cooperating teachers to their role.
  3. Works with the cooperating teacher in setting up a desirable schedule of teaching activities.
  4. Facilitates communication between cooperating teacher, student teacher, administrator, and Clinical Experiences.
  5. Makes one orientation and two or more observation visits to the student teacher per nine weeks/quarter (five or more per semester) depending upon request of the cooperating teacher, student teacher, or the administrator.
  6. Follows appropriate school protocol and professional courtesy when visiting schools, including "checking in" at the office before going to the classroom.
  7. Schedules observation visits, but may make unscheduled visits.
  8. In lieu of classroom observations, may spend visitation time conferencing with student teacher, cooperating teacher, or administrator.
  9. Observes student teacher teaching for at least one hour to gain an overall view of the student teacher’s effectiveness.
  10. Completes Observation Report for each visit with written notes listing constructive praise and criticism. Each report must be signed by the cooperating teacher and student teacher and mailed to Clinical Experiences. The reports will include notes on methods used, teaching strengths, suggestions, and questions regarding:
    • Creating an environment of respect and rapport
    • Appearance
    • Attention to individual needs
    • Enthusiasm and attitude toward teaching
    • Communicating clearly and accurately
    • Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness
    • Engaging students in learning
    • Establish a culture for learning
    • Initiative and resourcefulness
    • Knowledge of subject
    • Maintenance of an orderly learning environment
    • Managing classroom procedures
    • Management of student behavior
    • Organizing physical space and class work
    • Preparation
    • Providing feedback to students
    • Quality of assignments
    • Understanding of children/youth
    • Use of oral and written English
    • Using questioning and discussion techniques
    • Voice
  11. Submits Record of Visits at end of semester to Clinical Experiences.
  12. Discusses strengths and weaknesses of the student teacher with both the student teacher and the cooperating teacher individually, or in a three-way conference to insure full communication and understanding.
  13. Assists student teacher to see relationships between methods observed and those discussed in methods courses.
  14. May provide or suggest teaching materials to encourage opportunities for reflection and experimentation in classroom teaching techniques.
  15. Makes adjustments in assignments to meet individual needs in consultation with Clinical Experiences.
  16. Confers with principal, cooperating teacher, and Clinical Experiences when serious problems arise.
  17. Assesses the student teacher’s progress on the basis of lesson plans journals, logs, conferences, and Weekly Progress Reports.
  18. Encourages cooperating teacher to do periodic evaluations prior to final evaluation.
  19. Shares the responsibility with the cooperating teacher in the determination of the final grade recommendation.
  20. Recognizes the need for specificity and objectivity in Final Evaluation which becomes a part of the student’s permanent record, and is used as part of her/his credential file.
  21. Ensures the original evaluation form is signed by the cooperating teacher, student teacher, and supervisor, and that the form and a grade are filed by the end of the school district’s quarter/semester.

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