COOPERATING TEACHER'S ASSESSMENT
good rapport with her students. She was at ease with young children
and interacted with each child in a friendly, caring, and respectful
manner. She had high, yet reasonable expectations for her students and
made adjustments whenever necessary to meet their needs.
well to all other staff members. She attended Staff Development Days
in August as well as all Staff Meetings, including School Improvement.
She took the initiative to meet and talk with colleagues at these
meetings. She willingly participated in all evening activities, such
as Parent Information Night, Family Nights, and Parent/Teacher Conferences.
CLASSROOM CLIMATE AND MANAGEMENT:
Laura showed an
interest in each child. She encouraged a climate of courtesy and
cooperation with her students. She gave positive praise to students
who gave correct responses. She politely and patiently encouraged
those students who lacked sufficient information. She was comfortable
working among students and kept informed of how each child or group was
progressing. Her lesson introductions were good. She captured
the attention of her students and was able to develop good participation
from them. She paced lessons well and made smooth transitions between
them. Part of Laura's growing during this experience was to realize
the importance of having more plans than necessary to cover those
"surprises" that may occur. She has a pleasant voice, often
mixing humor into her teaching as she moves through a lesson.
INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION:
Laura was well
organized with her planning and execution of each lesson. Her written
lesson plans, done in conjunction with her cooperating teacher, were
detailed, showing goals and objectives. Lesson materials were prepared
in advance and ready for presentations. She had high expectations for
student achievement and stressed quality in all areas. Laura has an
understanding of the developmental characteristics of the primary child and
incorporated a variety of instructional activities that addressed learning
styles and fit the skills, talents and prior learning of the children.
involved with many different types of assessment. Grand Blanc requires
pre and post-testing at the primary level in Math, Reading, Writing and
Science. Laura administered written assessments at the end of units in
Math, Reading, and Science. She was involved in checking daily skill
work in reading, math, journal writing, etc. as well as activity
observations. Oral evaluations took place with color words, number
words, science terms, and vocabulary. Laura has given and scored
weekly Spelling tests. She has assessed student progress by using a
game format-"Who Wants to Be a First Grader?" This proved to
be a fun, effective way to check individual progress in various skill areas.
COMMAND OF SUBJECT MATTER:
plans reflected her knowledge and understanding of first grade curriculum in
Grand Blanc. She utilized all available materials and did her
"Homework" to make sure that all activities related to the
benchmarks of the district. She was always well prepared.
Laura is a
self-motivated person who is punctual, organized, and patient. I found
her to be most dependable and professional in all areas of her student
teaching. She actively and without hesitation took on the role of a
teacher. She liked to critique her own work by asking pertinent
questions and was always willing to listen to suggestions. She is
perceptive with students and strives for created approaches to help children
learn. Laura has learned the art of combining classroom leadership
with student friendliness. I observed her in different kinds of formal
and informal settings, and the children responded equally well in both types
of situations. Her pleasant demeanor and ready smile seem to generate
enthusiasm and stimulate interest among the students.
Laura is well
prepared academically for the teaching profession. She has had several
experiences prior to student teaching, which helped give her an increased
background for working with children. She willingly participated in
opportunities for professional development to enhance her knowledge of
content and curriculum.
It has been my
pleasure to work with Laura Lake. Her keen interest in children, along
with her desire to make a difference show that she is well suited for
education. She will be an effective teacher, loved by her students and
appreciated by her peers. Laura Lake will make a fine addition to any