Module 1: Getting Started with your Teacher Candidate
As you learned in the Introduction module, there are clear expectations for teacher candidates, clinical educators, and facility site coordinators. Prior to your first meetings, we recommend you review this information again to ensure that you are aware of what is expected from all. Having clear expectations and common language is critical to success.
Your teacher candidate should initiate contact with you after receiving their placement within two weeks. We encourage you to share your contact information with your teacher candidate to further open up those lines of communication. There are various times throughout this experience your teacher candidate will need to contact you. For example, an emergency or urgent situation that needs to be shared with you.
Create a workspace for your teacher candidate: Within your given space, find a way to distinguish an additional teacher's work space with supplies they will need. If you are unable to locate or fit an additional teacher desk, try a table. Setting up a workspace not only allows them to feel welcomed and comfortable, but it also shows students that they are a teacher within the classroom as well.
TIP: Reach out to your school secretary and administration team to see what resources are available for your student teacher. You may even be able to snag some school gear they can wear on spirit days!
Display your teacher candidate's name: Scan your classroom, website, door, etc. Where you have your name displayed, add their name as well. This helps send a message to students, parents, and your teacher candidate that you are a partnership and they are a teacher within the classroom and school community.
This can help drive your initial meeting. You can send these documents ahead of time to allow them to prepare and ask questions.
Some items include, but are not limited to, the following: