All evaluation reports will be submitted to the Office of Teacher Education Field Experience electronically.
The Preliminary Report is completed after the first 5 days of the Teacher Candidate’s placement in a classroom by the Cooperating/Associate Teacher. It is an early assessment of the Teacher Candidate’s observable dispositions toward teaching, specifically in the areas of Professional Commitment/Responsibility, Professional Relationships/Fairness, and Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice.
The Preliminary Report provides an opportunity for the candidate to focus on his/her dispositional professional growth as a teacher. In a working definition, dispositions are described as tendencies for individuals to act in a particular manner under particular circumstances. A tendency implies a pattern of behavior that is predictive of future actions. This predictive feature gives some assurance that, once Teacher Candidates assume the formal role of teachers, their practices will be in keeping with those dispositions (Villegas, 2007).
In the Preliminary Report, it is recognized that the Cooperating/Associate Teacher is viewing a beginner and has had limited time to become fully acquainted with the Teacher Candidate. Niagara University is interested in the Teacher’s first impressions, within the first 5 days of the Teacher Candidate’s placement.
Mid-Way Progress Report
Both Cooperating/Associate Teacher and Teacher Candidate complete a Mid-Way Progress Report independently after 3-4 weeks of the placement. They then meet to discuss their individual perceptions of the Candidate’s progress up to this mid-point of Student Teaching.
The Mid-Way Progress Report provides a timely opportunity for both the C/A Teacher and Candidate to specifically identify areas of strength and areas where improvement is required in the Candidate’s performance, and for the Candidate to determine a focused growth plan for the latter weeks of the placement during which time expectations and demands will rise substantially as the Candidate moves toward the end of the placement.
The Mid-Way Progress Report is focused on the Candidate’s understanding and mastery of the required standards.
Final Student Teaching Report
The Final Student Teaching Report is completed by the Cooperating/Associate Teacher during the last week of the Candidate’s placement. The Final evaluation is a compilation and summary of the Candidate’s demonstrated degree of competency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with the professional standards, and an overall assessment of the Candidate’s readiness as a beginning classroom teacher.
The Candidate receives a recommendation of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory on the Final Report. There is a place on the Final Report for relevant comments from the Cooperating/Associate Teacher that support the professional recommendation. Comments are helpful in the final overall grading that the Candidate receives from the Director of Teacher Education Field Experience.