Lawrence’s approach to student teaching is different from many other programs. We ask that student teachers take primary responsibility for teaching two classes per day. How soon they take over those two classes is up to you, but in general we find the earlier, the better. Student teachers are expected to observe and assist in your remaining classes and, on occasion, to observe other teachers in the school, especially those whose pedagogical approach is exemplary. We find that this mix of modeling and practice provides the optimal environment for student teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to succeed. It also provides time for careful unit and lesson planning, work with individual students, and reflection. In addition, student teachers meet one evening per week on the Lawrence campus for a student teaching seminar in which they discuss their practice, engage in collaborative problem-solving, and learn more about topics related to professional practice.
You and the student teacher are invited to tailor the student teacher’s experience within this overall framework. For example, which two classes the student teacher teaches can change over the course of the semester so that he or she gains experience teaching different groups or levels. You and the student teacher may wish to team-teach some classes or portions of classes. In general, most student teachers appreciate having two classes they can call their own. In some cases, student teachers may be given permission to teach more than two classes for a period of time, so long as there are no more than two preparations. Before assigning more than two classes to the student teacher, please contact the university supervisor to discuss the matter.