In most situations, mentors for student teachers are provided with a form to use when they compile their reports. These forms vary in their content, so read them carefully before filling them out. As a mentor teacher, you provide reports that the student teacher can learn from. Because of this, include the positives and the negatives of the student teacher's instruction. Let the student teacher know what she is doing right and provide concrete, constructive criticism illustrating what she needs to improve.
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Read the student teacher's lesson plan to make sure that the content standards are addressed, the teaching objective is defined and the procedure is logical.
Observe the student teacher while he is taking to his class. Take into account the classroom environment, the engagement of the students, the student teacher's classroom management style and the timing of the lesson.
Fill out the evaluation report form, using your notes. Include a narrative about the lesson that you observed, the teaching strengths of the instructor and any suggestions for the teacher that you have.
Tips and warnings
- Provide concrete suggestions. Student teachers are usually new to the profession, so avoid making vague suggestions. Always provide constructive criticism. Though student teachers like to get high marks on their reports, they are working in the classroom to learn and to improve. Taking it too easy on a student teacher wastes valuable learning opportunities.
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