Cooperating Teacher Cathy Truong says, “This seminar is really helpful and valuable.” Intern Kristen Lowe agrees, “I feel really lucky to be participating in this seminar.” As interns and cooperating teachers work together, some of their discussions are focused around the Internship Placement Profile (IPP) evaluation sheet, which lists qualities, skills, and competencies necessary for preservice teachers to develop personally and professionally during their internship. Kristen says, “Going through the list helps to establish expectations for the internship.”
Using a template, interns and cooperating teachers also develop a contract together. Manager of Field Placements Jerry Orban says, “The contract details the working relationship between the interns and the cooperating teachers, everything from where to park to what each will be doing, in which classes, and what dates to expect. It’s a work in progress and each contract will be different.” The understanding that interns and cooperating teachers reach during internship seminar supports the working relationship throughout the internship.
The internship seminar provides a 3-day block of focused time for interns and cooperating teachers to establish working relationships and to discuss their expectations before the busy school year begins. The fourth-year internship is one way that the Faculty of Education demonstrates its commitment to assisting preservice teachers in becoming knowledgeable, competent, and caring teachers.