Student teaching is an exciting endeavor but it can also be stressful and intimidating for the student teacher. Likewise, having a student teacher can also be intimidating and a great deal of work for a cooperating teacher. However, in most situations the end result is a collaboration that is meaningful, challenging and rewarding for all involved. The expectations and responsibilities of all parties involved (student teacher, cooperating teacher, director, university supervisor, etc.) are to be taken seriously, and although this is a learning experience for the student teacher, it should always be remembered that what is most important is the quality of care for the children.
This handbook is designed to offer information about Directed Teaching: Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten (CIFLD 415) to student teachers and cooperating teachers. It is the responsibility of the student teacher and cooperating teacher to read through this handbook before the beginning of the student teaching placement. If student teachers or cooperating teachers would prefer any part of or this entire handbook, please visit the College of Education & Professional Studies web site (http://academics.uww.edu/cni/portfolio.html). Note: If you prefer, you may logon to the UW-W home page at http://www.uww.edu before you click on Academic Programs, then the following: College of Education & Professional Studies, Departments & Offices, Office of Field Experiences, and Student Teaching Handbook-Prek. If there are questions about the material contained in this handbook or information, which is not, included, the student teacher and/or cooperating teacher should contact the university supervisor.
Good luck to the student teachers and thank you to the cooperating teachers for opening up your classrooms and sharing your children with this neophyte teacher. The most important thing to remember is to communicate – often and honestly.