A Bridge to the Community: Your Role as a Mentor Teacher
Field experience is crucial for the development of teaching skills and provides our candidates with the opportunity to experience their chosen profession under the guidance of a mentor teacher. The time and instruction offered by a mentor teacher is greatly appreciated by our department and is a cornerstone of a teacher candidate’s success in their training, with lasting impact once they have entered the field.
To provide a comprehensive and supportive environment for the teacher candidate as well as the mentor teacher, each candidate is assigned a field supervisor to work closely with them throughout their field experience until the end of student teaching. Field supervisors are responsible for observing the teacher candidate in the classroom (an increasing number of times per quarter as the teacher candidate progresses through their program). In addition, the field supervisor will complete formative and summative assessments of the teacher candidate’s performance, as well as assist the teacher candidate and mentor teacher with assessments each party will complete. The field supervisor will also help to facilitate communication between the teacher candidate and mentor teacher, or the mentor teacher and the Education Department.