When I had a student teacher, my administrator wasn't very clear about how to divide responsibilities. “Don't give up too much, but make sure she gets the right amount of work to do.” What did that mean? Instead of winging it, I found this page on how to co-teach instead. The video is a bit dry, but it does a great job contrasting the traditional method with co-teaching.
Tips from experienced teachers are great. They've been there, so I trust their experience. And yet, there’s a lot to be said about research. This PDF is a handout specifically for cooperating teachers. It explains the research behind what makes effective and successful mentors. I love how it lays out specific responsibilities for supervision, planning, evaluation, and more. Worried about what to do specifically? Read this.
One of the things my “cooperating” teacher didn’t do well was lead. She helped me find my way around the school, introduced me to friends, that sort of thing. But she never helped teach me. If I could go back in time, I'd have this list of 10 tips printed out and mail it to her a week before we met. It’s that helpful. Oh, and this web page may have been around for a while, but so have I.
When I discovered I had been chosen for hosting a student teacher, I got nervous fast. Will she see I’m doing things wrong? Will I be able to provide a better experience than what I had? I started talking to colleagues and dipping into online forums for advice. That helped tremendously, as did this page. It’s a short collection of tips from both a student teacher and a cooperating teacher.
For some of us (myself definitely included), it’s been so long since student teaching that’s it has become somewhat blurry. Hindsight might be 20/20, but memory is more like 20/150. That’s why I like this article. Written by a journalist who went into teaching, it describes six things she learned during student teaching. It helps to keep looking from the student teacher’s perspective.