University Mentor Info

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Principles Applying to the University Mentor

University mentors should regard all contacts with the partner schools and the classroom mentor teachers as being of the utmost importance and should regard the educational welfare of pupils first.  They should never request nor maintain a student teaching situation which fails to advance that objective. 

The university mentors should work cooperatively with the schools to discuss and evaluate the methods/student teaching experience and should be assigned the specific function of:

  • A public relations liaison between the university and the partner schools. 
  • An intermediary between the teacher candidate and the classroom mentor teacher. 
  • An individual mentor and teacher for the teacher candidate. 
  • An assessor and evaluator of teacher candidate progress and development as evidenced in records and reports submitted to the Office of Educator Preparation and Partnerships. 
  • A participant in planning and administering the teacher candidate program. 
  • The instructor of record to assign the final grade with input from the classroom mentor teacher. 

University mentor assistance should be: 

  • Responsible, efficient, and cooperatively performed. 
  • Frequent and adequate enough so that the classroom mentor teacher is able to feel secure in the proper development of the teacher candidate program.  The university mentor will make the number of classroom observations necessary to aid and assess each teacher candidate for whom he/she is responsible. Each formal observation is to be documented on the appropriate form and followed by a conference with the teacher candidate and, if possible, with the classroom mentor teacher.  A formal observation should normally last for an entire class period and can be scheduled or unannounced, as determined by the university mentor and classroom mentor teacher.
  • The minimum number of visits required of a university mentor in methods is four. The minimum number of visits required of a university mentor in methods is six for student teaching. 

The university mentor should provide careful orientation for the teacher candidate in his/her relationship with and his/her responsibility to the partnering school and the classroom mentor teacher.  This can be accomplished by helping the teacher candidate to understand:

  • The legal responsibility of the classroom mentor teacher. 
  • That suggestions and recommendations by the classroom mentor teacher are supplied for guidance toward self-improvement. 
  • That conferences and discussion sessions are to be expected and invited. 
  • That lesson plans are to be prepared and made available for critique and suggestions prior to their use (at least several days before presentation, or at a time designated by the classroom mentor teacher). 
  • That consultation with the classroom mentor teacher and discussion of problems arising in the classroom are to be arranged.
  • That professional conduct as a teacher in the classroom and about the school is expected. 

Please log into the MyBGSU Web Portal to access the University Mentor Community for the most up-to-date information, forms and procedures.