Supervision and Evaluation
Supervision of teacher candidates is an important part of the field experience. The teacher candidate is observed by the PDE and the College Field Supervisor on a regular, ongoing basis. To this end, the PDE, the teacher candidate, and the College Field Supervisor should meet and discuss the manner in which the teacher candidate will be supervised and, as importantly, discuss the criteria which will be considered during the evaluation.
The purpose of the pre-conference is to set the stage for the observation. Teacher candidates must submit a copy of their lesson plans to the PDE and/or to the College Field Supervisor for the lesson to be taught. The PDE works with the teacher candidate in identifying the variables to be assessed, and the instruments to be used.
The arranged time when the PDE and/or the College Field Supervisor observes the lesson. Plattsburgh State University provides PDEs with the “Student Teaching Observation Form – Daily Lesson Plan”. The results of these written comments will form the basis for the post-conference.
The teacher candidate in combination with the Professional Development Educator and/or the College Field Supervisor meet to assess the lesson. This may be arranged immediately following the lesson or at a later time during the day. Arrangements should be made in order for all parties to possess copies of the data obtained during the observation in order to facilitate reflection and to provide concrete examples of a teacher candidate’s performance. Based on this information, PDEs and College Field Supervisors will, in combination with the teacher candidate, discuss evidence of the teacher candidate’s strengths and/or areas for continued growth.
Teaching Candidate’s Self-Evaluation
Self-evaluation and reflection is essential for a successful teaching career. The Office of Field Experience encourages teacher candidates to incorporate checklists, teacher candidate-PDE Logs, standard Plattsburgh State University evaluation forms, and audio/video recording as effective means of data collection, and subsequent self-evaluation and reflection. In addition, teacher candidates are required to evaluate and provide evidence of their impact on student learning.
Video recording a lesson is an extremely valuable resource for your professional development - you will see your delivery style from your students' perspective. Please note: We have recently encountered several unforeseen challenges involving "video recording," as well as "photography" in the classroom. As a result, video recording a lesson will no longer be a requirement. For any type of media use in the classroom, e.g., videotaping, photography, audio recording, etc., you will be required to follow the district's "media policy" by adhering to district protocol of obtaining the necessary permission/approval before using any audio-visual format for your professional portfolio.