The field experience provides an opportunity for CSS students to apply theory, reflect, and develop professionally as they work in a K-12 classroom setting. The cooperating teacher can assign the CSS student a variety of appropriate classroom duties. The CSS student may also have a variety of course assignments to complete. Length of time the CSS student will be in your classroom may vary for each of the field experiences the student completes. When a field experience student is placed in your classroom, the field experience placement coordinator will notify you of the amount of time the student is expected to be in your classroom.
Field experience students are required to complete some specific assignment in your classroom. These assignments are specific to each of the field experience courses. These activities may include developing and teaching whole group lessons that are formally observed by the cooperating teacher or college supervisor, teacher interviews, and targeted observations of a students.
The cooperating teacher will be asked to complete some observation and evaluation forms for student feedback during this experience. Copies of these forms will need to be submitted to the college supervisor when the student completes the field experience.
The student teaching experience progresses through several stages of mentoring and supervision. Typically the first two stages take three weeks to accomplish the objectives. Stages 3 and 4 will occupy most of the remaining weeks in the student teaching experience. Stage 5 will occur the last one to two weeks of this experience.
Help the student teacher become oriented to your school and your class(es). This orientation might include: