Practice Brief 49

How can mentor teachers and university educators support preservice science teachers?

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Why It Matters To You
  • Preservice Teachers are better prepared for their future careers if they receive coherent experiences across university and school settings.
  • Mentor Teachers & University Educators should establish supports for preservice teachers and create coherence between science teaching methods classes and K-12 experiences.
  • Preservice Teachers, Mentor Teachers, and University Educators can collaborate on the process of implementation in order to support learning for everyone involved.

What Is The Issue?

Preservice education establishes the foundation for a successful science teaching career. However, preservice teachers often experience tension between their university and school-based experiences related to the different expectations for teaching and learning across these settings. To decrease confusion and increase preparedness, mentor teachers and university educators can establish a community of practice to support the professional learning of all involved, especially related to the implementation of equitable 3D instruction and mentoring of preservice teachers.

Authors:

TJ MCKENNA, TODD CAMPBELL, VICTORIA SCHILLING & UCONN TEACHER MENTORING COLLABORATIVE | APRIL 2017


Reflection Questions

  • What are your current ideas and expectations about supporting preservice teachers?
  • What are your university and school standards for preservice teachers? What strategies can support preservice teachers in meeting these expectations?
  • What hesitations or concerns might mentor teachers have about hosting preservice science teachers?

Things to Consider

Attending to Equity

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