On behalf of the College of Education faculty, THANK YOU for working with our intern this semester. We hope the internship will be a rewarding experience for you. We have had a great deal of positive feedback during past semesters and continue to be impressed with the commitment of lead teachers to our great profession.
If this is your first time having an intern, please familiarize yourself with this website and read the internship manual. If you have had an intern in the past, many things have changed so please reacquaint yourself with our materials. The items below will complement your website review.
The internship is a time when interns have the opportunity to work under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. You have been recommended by your administrator as a model teacher with at least 3 years experience. We thank you for volunteering to share your students, classroom and knowledge with our intern.
We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mary Sedgwick, Director
Your intern will also have a supervisor who will act on our behalf. Supervisors are experienced educators. They are retired teachers and principals or faculty members. The supervisor will only visit the intern 7 times. So you can see how important it will be for you to meet with the supervisor during every school visit to discuss the intern's progress and any questions you might have. In addition, exchange emails and phone numbers to facilitate communication at other times as needed.
During the first week or earlier if possible, your intern needs to schedule an initial meeting with you and their supervisor. Help your intern determine a couple convenient times to meet for about 1 hour. If there are other interns at your school, the supervisor will want to meet with all of you at the same time and schedule future meetings on the same day. Not only does this foster collegiality but also is fiscally responsible as it reduces our mileage reimbursement costs. The supervisor facilitates the initial meeting. The initial meeting also serves as your orientation. If the supervisor is unable to answer your questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
The role of lead teacher is a complex one. Interns will turn to you for ideas, guidance, feedback, and support. We ask that you, among other things:
Most importantly, remember you are ultimately responsible for what goes on in your classroom.
Please fill out the Lead Teacher full control form.
Look at the intern as a student teacher and not as an experienced teacher. They are not yet your colleagues, they are your student. As your intern becomes more independent, this is actually when they need your support the most. Monitor your intern’s progress as you would one of your own students. If they need more direction or practice, don’t hesitate to give it to them. Use the working document throughout the internship to record progress, notes and examples for use later when you formally evaluate the intern. The working document is the basis of our evaluation instruments and is based on the interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards for beginning teacher behaviors and dispositions. See the Internship Manual for more information and the evaluation rubric.
The intern will be evaluated using the 5 Domains of Professional Competence: knowledge of students, knowledge of subject matter and planning, delivery and management of instruction, knowledge and use of assessment, and professionalism. The Domains of Professional Competence are those qualities we believe beginning teachers must have. These domains are based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). Internship requirements and activities are designed to help the intern achieve these professional competencies. Interns should receive intensive modeling, assistance, and feedback as well as opportunities to improve. You will also complete the following evaluation documents: working document, 5 formal classroom observations, midpoint progress report, professional behavior and dispositions evaluation of intern, evaluation of supervisor, and the final evaluation of the intern. It is crucial that you familiarize yourself with this website and, in particular, carefully read the Internship Manual.
The College of Education provides a $250 stipend to lead teachers for their time and effort. When two or more lead teachers share an intern, the stipend is split accordingly. We know this is a mere token of our appreciation and we hope the real reward will come from mentoring your intern and giving back to our profession.
Please complete the lead teacher pay information form during the first week of internship.
Internship is like learning to cook in your mother-in-law's kitchen or build in your father-in-law's shop. The intern wants to please you and do the best job possible but they will make mistakes. They need your guidance and mentorship. Internship may be the hardest teaching any of us have ever done because, at no other time in your career, have you had as many people watching everything you do. As a lead teacher, you are not producing a finished product but rather you are coaching, mentoring, and guiding the intern to discover his or her own style and reach their potential. Treat your intern as you would like to have been treated during your own internship. This should be an enjoyable experience for you and the intern.
Please make a point of speaking with the supervisor every time they visit. Because of fiscal restraints, the supervisor will only make 7 visits:
Of course, please feel free to contact the supervisor by email and phone as necessary. Additional visits may be scheduled when an intern is having difficulty.
WebCampus will be used to deliver seminars. This means the intern will not miss school because they can access the information anytime, anywhere.