Cooperating Teacher & Mentor Teacher Information
Thank you for your willingness to assist in the development of a new teacher. We know
that it is sometimes very difficult to entrust your students to another person, and
particularly to a university student. You may have had a student teaching experience
yourself during your teacher education program. We appreciate your taking this opportunity
to “pay it forward.”
The Student Teacher Manual
This manual will help you understand the requirements and procedures for student teachers
and will help you become familiar with your role as a cooperating teacher or mentor.
Evaluation Forms and Rubric
Over the course of the student teacher’s placement, you should conduct four formative
and one summative evaluation. After you conduct the formative observations, sit down
with your student teacher to discuss her or his strengths and areas for improvement,
using the formative evaluation as a guide. The summative evaluation should serve as
a letter of recommendation from you.
This calendar gives approximate dates on which you should conduct your evaluations.
Toward the end of your student teacher’s placement, please complete the following
survey regarding her or his professional dispositions for teaching.