of the Professional Intern
1. The Cooperating Teacher assumes responsibility for:
preparing the classroom students for the arrival of the field experience student.
creating an atmosphere in which the professional intern feels welcome.
encouraging the professional intern to ask questions and experiment, and then to reflect upon what worked and why.
providing frequent encouragement, constructive criticism, and recognition of success.
urging the professional intern to visit the classes of other teachers who are working with students of different ability, in other subject areas/grade levels, or trying an innovative approach and facilitating these visits by gaining the other teacherís permission prior to the visits.
keeping a record of the professional internís progress and submitting assessment reports relative to his/her professional growth and development.
involving the professional intern in a variety of instructional methods and strategies including cooperative learning, portfolio assessment, and the use of technology including multimedia and computers.
providing time for and maintaining communication with the university supervisor.
recognizing that planning and classroom management are two areas most professional interns need to strengthen during their internship semester.
enabling him/her to develop an understanding of the aims and purposes of education.
fostering an atmosphere in which self-evaluation is valued.
2. The Cooperating Teacher guides observation and instruction by:
focusing the professional intern on a variety of people in the professional environment.
the pupils or participants
the cooperating teacher/practitioner
other teachers or professionals within the department, agency or grade level
other professional interns and practicum students
other agency or school service personnel
discussing with the professional intern New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and their impact on daily instruction. Indicate where these core standards are incorporated.
reviewing and discussing the use of the curriculum as a guide for choosing materials and strategies as well as planning for the day, week, month and school year.
Professional interns appreciate a cooperating teacher who:
During the semester of professional internship the cooperating teacher is recognized as the professional who bears the major responsibilities for ongoing support, positive language, effective classroom management, content mastery, and modeling of successful teaching practices. This unique relationship, predicated on time involvement and space proximity, places the cooperating teacher in a role to assess the daily progress of the emerging teacher.
A cooperating teacher is requested to:
select lessons during the semester to formally observe and evaluate. Give the professional intern feedback as soon as possible after those observations.
complete the PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PERFORMANCE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT FORM at mid-term as well as at the conclusion of the semester.
discuss with the professional intern his/her competency levels throughout the semester and thoroughly at its end.
file a SPECIAL CASE IN FIELD EXPERIENCE form if warranted.
confer with the professional intern and university supervisor on an ongoing basis throughout the semester to discuss areas of strength or those in need of improvement.
submit copies of the mid-term and final competency evaluations to the Teaching Performance Center, 110 Willis Hall, Kean University, Union NJ 07083.
The following checklist is a summary of required and recommended responsibilities involving the cooperating teacherís role in the professional internship experience.
___ Have an initial conference with the professional intern at start of professional internship semester.
___ Share class routines, procedures, student needs, etc.
___ Orient professional intern to building and facilities.
___ Introduce professional intern to staff, class, schedule, school policies and procedures.
___ Introduce and review district curriculum guide(s) and NJCCCS specific to grade/subject level
___ Provide personal work space (desk, etc.) within the classroom.
___ Sequence responsibilities so that the professional intern becomes gradually involved in:
___ Provide varied opportunities for professional intern to attend or participate in one or more:
___ Provide a model of effective teaching
___ Require the professional intern to create thorough lesson plans.
___ Review lesson plans and make suggestions, as needed.
___ Provide regular conferences with the professional intern
___ Involve professional intern in assessment process.
___ Notify university supervisor if any problems are encountered.
___ Keep student aware of problem areas. Document any concerns.
___ Record all absences and tardiness.
Professional Development Hours are awarded to cooperating teachers who mentor interns based upon the internís educational program. 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 and an honorarium, cooperating teachers must return the Request for Honorarium and Professional Development Hours Form. Certificates will be mailed to the cooperating teacherís home address.
Honorarium requests will only be honored if received during the academic year (July 1-June 30) in which the inservice teacher acted as a cooperating teacher.