The purposes for observations and evaluations of the candidate include these goals:
The use of standardized forms helps to ensure professional discourse, provides the candidate with consistent feedback on his/her progress, and systematically records concerns and progress.
Frequent contact provides frequent encouragement, constructive criticism, and recognition of success. Frequent contact also allows early recognition of weaknesses and provides for specific suggestions for improvement before a situation becomes serious.
Conferences are an integral part of the observation and evaluation processes. To the greatest extent possible the candidate, mentor and university supervisor form a team working to assist the candidate in becoming an effective teacher.
Course Grade: At the end of each semester of field experience, the candidate receives a grade of “pass” or “fail.” The candidate, mentor, and supervisor base grades upon observations and evaluations. The Secondary Program team determines final grades.