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Clinical Teaching Orientation
August 27 to August 29, 2019November 8, 2019Dr. Beth Garcia and Mr. Gilbert Antunez
8:30-9:30 WelcomeandIntroductionsDr. Beth Garcia and Gilbert AntunezEducation CreditUnion, BeckyZenorAmarillo Education Association, Aaron Phillips9:30-10:30 ProgramExpectations andForms10:30-10:45 Break10:45- 11:30Program Expectations andForms11:30-1:00 Lunch (on your own)1:00-2:30Law SeminarDr. Eddie Henderson;Dean, College of Education and Social Sciences2:30-2:45 Break2:45-3:45 ISD Panel DiscussionPampa, Amarillo, Borger, Canyon, Hereford,Dumas3:45-4:30WrapUp/House Cleaning –Q&A4:30-5:00Meet with Field Supervisors
Important Dates
Aug 27th:Clinical Teaching OrientationAug 28th:Clinical Teaching Seminar 1Aug 29th:Clinical Teaching Seminar2Sept 3rd:First day of clinicalteachingNov 8th:WTClinical Teaching Seminar 3Dec 13th:Last Day of Clinical TeachingImportant:checkWT emailsallsemester
Important Dates
Expectations for Clinical Teaching
Let’s talk about the change in mindset you should be experiencing:You are no longer a student, youare now a professional.You are on a semester-long interview!Professionaldress is an absolute must, except on campus-approved dress up days.Your conduct on social media will be one of the first things potential employers look at. Now is the time to start cleaning your electronic “house”.Cleanup voicemailmessages that are childish or feature music are consideredunprofessional.Demonstrate professional written communication. Usespell check and look for incorrectly usedwordslike“its” and “it’s”; “principal’ and principle”; etc.Whoyou are outside of school will be a reflection of who you are in school.If you feel embarrassed don’t wear it.Parents will view you as a teacher 24/7.
Goodbye Student, Hello PROFESSIONAL!
Accept the fact that the Cooperating Teacher is the authority for deciding what you will and will not do in theclassroom.Respectthe teacher’s years of experience and dedication to the field.Putsimply, if you damage the relationship with your cooperating teacher and your placement falls through, you willnotfinish clinical teaching.Should this occur, your only option would be to graduate non-cert andpossiblygothrough PACE for certification.You representyourself and WT atall times!You want to be able to use your cooperating teacher and principal as a reference. Give that careful consideration.Sometimes employers will callusfor a reference. Make sureWTcan give you a good one!
Your Relationship with the Teacher
Be prepared and ONTIME.ONTIME meansbeing there before you are supposed to be, not sliding in two seconds before the determined time.If your Cooperating Teacher is at school, you should be too.Prepare lesson plans in a timely manner and present them for approval by the Cooperating Teacher.Befully accommodating to the schedule of your Cooperating Teacher and Field Supervisor when schedulingconferencesTalk with your Cooperating Teacher regularly about your progress and your areas of growth.Do not be afraid to ask questions, admit frustrations, or seek guidance from the lead teacher.Takefull advantage of the opportunity to learn from them!Whateverduties your Cooperating Teacher has,you shouldbe doing as well, including faculty meetings,recess duties,gameduties,etc..
Expectations During Clinical Teaching:
APPEARANCE: Dress like a professional. Clothing should be neat, clean, free of wrinkles, and should ensure modesty. The way you dress will indicate to others how you want them to treat you.ACTIONS: Be pleasant, be polite, and be a part of the team! Stay calm, stay professional, and SMILE! Plan ahead for the inevitable challenging moments. Have a plan for managing your emotions.ATTITUDE:Be sure you separate personal from professional. Be flexible, and be happy to be where you are! You are one step closer to fulfilling your dream! Demonstrate energy, excitement, commitment, integrity, helpfulness, and care for others.REPUTATION:Now is when you start building a reputation for yourself. If you generate a negative perception about yourself on one campus, the whole district will eventually know about it. If the district that you completed clinical teaching doesn’t want to hire you permanently, other districts will wonder why
Expectations During Clinical Teaching:
PROFESSIONALISM:Respect confidentiality and ethics.Nevertalk about a student unless it is with your Cooperating Teacher.Avoidgossip, slander, and school politics.Bewareof teacher’s lounges and teacher lunchtables.Sometimesthey are places of negativity.Admit when you’ve made a mistake. Commit yourself to doing better next time.Supportyour Cooperating Teacher and “have their back” – even if you disagree with them. After all, when you have your own classroom, you can do things your way.Be able to take constructive criticism, anddon’t take it personally!Theintent of CT is to improve. You can’t be perfect the first week and expect to get better.
Expectations During Clinical Teaching:
PREPAREDNESS:When you are responsible for lessons, activities, and grades, be someone that can be counted on for timeliness.Be creative, be resourceful, and be prepared.It is important to be flexible when there are unforeseen circumstances that arise that make adjustments necessary. There is never an excuse for not being prepared for what you know to expect.Plan ahead and be sure all of your materials are ready before the day of your lesson.Though it may be tempting, NEVER take it upon yourself to tell the cooperating teacher what he or she is doing “wrong”.KNOW THE MATERIAL: don’t teach them all you know, but know ALL you teach!
Expectations During Clinical Teaching:
Listening: is more important than talking. Always.Speaking: projection, enunciation, and volume conveys all types of emotion, as well as your expectations.Writing: must be grammatically correct, with no misspellings! Pay special attention to these things on bulletin boards, in correspondence with coworkers, letters home, etc. Use a proofreader! ALL CAPS IN WRITTEN COMMUNICATION MEANS YOU ARE YELLING AT YOUR RECIPIENT!So does red type (unless you are stressing an urgent issue).
DO NOT emailthe officeand then two hours later call to tellus, wehaven’t answered email. Allow at least 24 hours for a response.The call and email volume is overwhelming some days. If you haven’t heard back fromusin 48 hours, email again.The same is true for the rest of our office.Your patience is much appreciated!If there is a problem between yourself and your cooperating teacher, you call US and YOUR FIELD SUPERVISOR first!!Never ever try to handle an adversarial situation without reaching out to us.
At least twice during your clinical teaching, thank you notes should be sent to your:Cooperating TeacherCampus PrincipalAsst. PrincipalCurriculum StaffGrade Level Instructional Staff with whom you work closely
Expectations for Courtesy
Monday through FridayYou arrive when the teacher arrives, and depart when the teacher departs.You show up, whether you are teaching that day or not!Tardiness to school and returning from lunch is unacceptable.Chronic attendance problems will result in extended student/clinical teaching and/or a failing grade for clinical teaching.No “days off” because you haven’t misseddays. Misseddays must be made up, regardless of the reason for the absence.Youare expected to attend staff development days.Dr. Garcia and I am the final authority in determining whether you will be extended the opportunity to make up days.Thereis a form for documenting absences and the days you made them up. The cooperating teacher must sign this form.
Are that you will:Be on time or earlyBe willing to listen to critiqueBe willing to participateBe well prepared for lessonsBe able to manage the classBe able to communicate expectations, concerns, and needs
Teachers’ Expectations
Lack of lesson preparationLack of lesson planning knowledgeFailure to participate in all dutiesFailureto accept responsibilityLackof communication with cooperating teacherLackof communication with supervisorFailureto participate in professional meetingsClinical teacher corrects, questions, or advises cooperating teacher
Past Concerns
DO NOT assume that a successful clinical teaching experience means that you will be hired on where you are.Sometimes clinicalteachers will be offered employment in the campus or district in which they student taught. This is not always the case!However, do remember that your professionalism and performance in clinical teaching is more powerful in helping you to find future employment than a successful interview.It is not too early to start sending out resumes and coverletters after the November 8 clinical teaching seminar.
A Word of Warning
Weekly Progress Reports
Itis to be completed BY YOU (not the cooperating teacher) in the CRAFT, with input and feedback with your cooperative teacher.It is aligned to the T-TESS goal setting conference expectations, as well as the T-TESS post conference and summative conference expectations.In those conferences, you will be expected to do the majority of the talking. Get ready to discuss what you do, how you do it, and why!The progress report is a great warm up for what you’ll experience in the field.On Thursday, you will go over T-TESS expectations and submission of progress reports.
About the ProgressReports…
Sept 13Progressreport 1 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TSept20Progressreport 2 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TSept 27Progressreport 3 due to WTAMU inC.R.A.F.TOct 4Progressreport 4 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TOct11Progressreport 5 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TOct25Progressreport 6 due to WTAMU inC.R.A.F.TNov1Progressreport 7 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TNov8Progressreport 8 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TNov15Progress report 9 due to WTAMU in C.R.A.F.TNov 22Progress report 10 due to WTAMU inC.R.A.F.T
Progress Report - Calendar
Submissions by your Cooperating Teacher
1stFormative Evaluation & Attendance Report-Sept 202ndFormativeEvaluation & Attendance Report –Oct 18Summative Evaluation& Attendance Report –Dec 6Cooperative Teacher Evaluation of Clinical Teacher Form – Dec 12
Submissions by Your Cooperating Teacher
You are responsible forreadingand understanding the Clinical Teacher’s Handbook, as well as the course syllabus, and for checkingWT emails.Youwill follow the calendar of your assigned campus. Any days missed by you (or the campus), for any reason, must be made up after clinicalteaching.You still have responsibility to WTAMU in that you:Stayin communication with the Office of Teacher Prep to be sure all course work and documentation is in orderPay tuition and fees on time to avoid being dropping from CTAttend all required meetings and activitiesWork with the Cooperating Teacher regarding dates, classes, and objectives
Clinical teaching is stressful and physically taxing!Be sure you are taking multi-vitamins, especially vitamin C!Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently and using hand sanitizer.Getplenty of sleep! Plan your days in such a way that you are still able to get the amount of sleep that is best for you.
Is provided for Clinical Teachers byWTAMUIs something you should never go without after your Clinical Teaching!ATPE, AEA, and TCTA haveliability insurance programs, and there are other teacher’s organizations that offer coverage as well.
Liability Insurance
Good Luck!
Smile, Have Fun, and Learn Something New!





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