University Supervisors

 

The university supervisors who support JMU student teachers are selected because of their strong dedication to the teaching profession, their history as highly skilled and effective teachers, their willingness to mentor someone into the teaching profession, and their high level of professional ethics.  Click on the items below for information about selected topics of interest to supervisors.  (More detailed information is found in the Student Teaching Performance Guide and the Unversity Supervisor Orientation).

 

•  Training Sessions and Seminars

•  Supervisor Responsibilities

•  Supervision Schedule and Deadlines

•  Completing Paper Work

 

Training Sessions and Seminars

 

Student teaching supervisors have three opportunities for orientation and training:

 

1.  All new supervisors must attend a half-day orientation session to become familiar with the expectations for supervising student teachers.  These orientations are typically held on the first Monday morning of classes each semester.  Topics covered include:

 

  • JMU's Conceptual Framework for Teacher Education
  • Supervisor Expectations
  • Student Teacher Expectations
  • Observing and Evaluating Student Teachers
  • Special Student Teaching Situations
  • Clinical Faculty and Partnership Schools
  • Paper Work and Deadlines

 

New supervisors are notified of this orientation session by their program coordinators.

 

2.  All supervisors are expected to attend a one-day professional seminar on the JMU campus each semester.  This session is typically held on the third Friday of each semester.  Seminar topics vary, but always include time for questions, sharing of best practice, and continuing professional development.

 

The ESC provides supervisors with information about the seminar date, time, location, and agenda at the start of each semester.

 

3.  All supervisors are encouraged to attend the two-day clinical faculty training sponsored by the MidValley Consortium for Teacher Education early in their supervisory career.  This training is held each fall and spring, usually at Bridgewater College.  The ESC provides supervisors with information about clinical faculty training dates and location early in the semester.   

 

Supervisor Responsibilities

 

The following supervisor responsibilities have been organized in a format consistent with the teaching/learning process and the major categories of the student teacher performance assessment instrument. Student teaching forms used by university supervisors may be found in Handbooks and Forms.

 

Student teachingsupervisors are expected to complete the following activities:

 

a. Visit each student teacher an average of at least once every two weeks (more frequently if individual circumstances warrant).  The frequency of supervisor visits/observations and the degree of support provided may vary if the cooperating teacher has had clinical faculty training.  The supervisor and clinical faculty member should discuss this at the beginning of the student teaching experience and review as necessary.

 

b. Review the student teacher's lesson plans (before observing him/her teach whenever possible).

 

c. Observe the student teacher teach one or more classes or activities during each visit.

 

d. Confer with the student teacher and cooperating teacher, or schedule another time to do so.

 

e. Provide four-week and final written assessments of the student teacher's progress.

 

f. Conduct four-week and final student teacher and cooperating teacher conferences to evaluate the student teacher's progress.

 

g. Assign final course credit.

 

h. Complete an evaluation of the effectiveness of the cooperating teacher/placement.

 

i.  Submit the appropriate documentation to the ESC within three weeks after each student teaching placement ends.

 

 

Schedule & Deadlines

 

Student teachers currently complete either two eight-week student teaching experiences or one twelve-week extended block.  The charts below outline the schedule that supervisors should follow in supporting their student teachers:

 

University Supervisor Checklist

 

WEEK

BLOCKS 1,2,3,4 AND MIDTERM

 

1

 Make introductory classroom visit to each student teacher – hold group meetings when possible

 Review block organizer

 

 2

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Maintain contact with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Submit cooperating teacher verification form

 

 3

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 1st classroom observation and confer with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 

4-5

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 2nd classroom observation and confer with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Confirm that CT has submitted mid-block evaluation(s) in Tk20

 Maintain contact with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 

6-8

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 3rd classroom observation and confer with student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Submit final evaluation and placement feedback in Tk20

 Confirm check-out list for each student teacher

 Submit student teaching grade in MyMadison

 Submit travel voucher

 Write recommendation letters for student teachers, if requested

 


 

 

WEEK

EXTENDED BLOCK

 

1

 Make introductory classroom visit to each student teacher – hold group meetings when possible

 Review block organizer

 

 

2

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Maintain contact with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Submit cooperating teacher verification form

 

 3-4

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 1st classroom observation and confer with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 

 5-9

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 2nd classroom observation and confer with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Confirm that CT has submitted mid-block evaluation(s) in Tk20

 Maintain contact with each student teacher and cooperating teacher

 

10-12

 Review each student teacher’s activity log and CT and ST reflections

 Make 3rd classroom observation and confer with student teacher and cooperating teacher

 Submit final evaluation and Placement Feedback in Tk20

 Confirm check-out list for each student teacher

 Submit student teaching grade in MyMadison

 Submit travel voucher

 Write recommendation letters for student teachers, if requested

 

Note: All travel vouchers and reimbursements must be submitted to the Director of the School of Education prior to June 1 of each year.