The clinical teaching site and cooperating teacher are critical for the success of the clinical teacher. The cooperating teacher may be the single most influential person the clinical teacher encounters in their development from pre-service teacher to professional educator. Tarleton State University sincerely appreciates the skilled and dedicated professionals who are willing to serve in this extremely important role of cooperating teacher.
Role of the Cooperating Teacher
- Introduce the clinical teacher as one of the teachers.
- Explain to the clinical teacher what is expected of him/her as a teacher at the particular school, including an orientation of the following:
- School policies and procedures
- Lesson plans and unit plans
- Appropriate student records
- Student Handbook and Faculty Handbook
- Provide a desk/table and chair, copy of teaching schedule, and a teacher’s edition of each textbook for the clinical teacher.
- Help the clinical teacher develop successful classroom management techniques.
- Place the clinical teacher in as many different situations as possible during the time that he/she is under your direction.
- Ensure that the clinical teacher teaches as much as possible during the time that he/she is in your class.
- Complete an on-line mentor training module from Tarleton State University each year.