The Cooperating Teacher
The success of the SPECTRUM model of teacher education is dependent upon the efforts of a dedicated cooperating teacher and a university supervisor. Each ensures the success of the Kean University program by providing a student with an appropriate initiation into the culture of the school and the classroom. Modeling exemplary classroom practice, a cooperating teacher offers the preprofessional field experience student creative opportunities to apply theories and principles studied in the university classroom. Cooperating teachers are expected to:
1. provide opportunities for the preprofessional field experience student to interact with P-12 students to design and implement lessons;
2. provide opportunities for the preprofessional field experience student to interact with P-12 students in a total school setting. These experiences include individual, small group, and entire class instructions;
3. share curricular and instructional ideas, resource materials, and suggestions with the student and university supervisor;
4. model appropriate language and positive classroom management;
5. encourage the use of current innovations and developments such as thematic teaching, the use of manipulative materials, and cooperative learning strategies; and
The cooperating teacher is responsible for:
1. discussing teaching strategies with the student;
2. modeling effective classroom management techniques;
3. teaching lessons that serve as models for the preprofessional field experience student;
4. assigning the preprofessional student to classroom activities in keeping with his/her level of ability and interest, no later than the third week, with opportunities for individual instruction and progression to small groups;
5. reviewing and signing lesson plans; observing and critiquing lessons taught by the preprofessional field experience student;
6. supervising the activities of the preprofessional field experience student in the classroom;
7. helping the preprofessional student reflect on his/her development as a teacher;
8. conferring with the university supervisor or the university department for additional help, insights, or information;
9. communicating with the university supervisor, Teaching Performance Center, or program coordinator as needed;
10. completing competency assessments of the preprofessional field experience student;
11. participating in university-sponsored professional development activities; and
11. returning the completed assessment forms to the university supervisor or the Teaching Performance Center, 110 Willis Hall, Kean University, Union, NJ 07083.
Professional Development Hours are awarded to cooperating teachers who mentor preprofessional field experience students. Click here for a list of the programs and their respective professional development hour credits.
In order to receive a certificate awarding professional development hours, cooperating teachers must return the Request for Professional Development Hours Form . Certificates will be mailed to the cooperating teacherís home address.