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Supervision & Evaluation

Supervision of teacher candidates is an important part of the field experience. The teacher candidate is observed by the professional development educator (CT) and the college field supervisor(CFS) on a regular, ongoing basis. To this end, the CT, the teacher candidate, and the CFS should meet and discuss the manner in which the teacher candidate will be supervised and, as importantly, discuss the criteria which will be considered during the evaluation. 


The Planning/Pre-Conference

The purpose of the pre-conference is to set the stage for the observation. Lesson plan, teacher candidates must submit a copy of their lesson plans to the CT and/or to the CFS for the lesson to be taught. The CT works with the teacher candidate in identifying various aspects of lesson planning, including, class profile, assessment, response to questions, and reflection.

Lesson plans should include the following information:

  • Common Core learning standards, measurable objectives, and acceptable evidence (aligned);
  • learning objectives associated with the content standards;
  • instructional resources and materials used to engage students in learning subject, grade level, central focus, and class profile (including student’s background knowledge;
  • instructional strategies and learning tasks (including what you and the students will be doing) that support diverse student needs;
  • key academic language;
  • 21st century skill(s);
  • sequential description;
  • opportunities for cognitive student engagement;
  • formal and informal assessments used to monitor student learning, including type(s) of assessment and what is being assessed accommodations/supports (ELL, IEP, 504, and more);
  •  resources and materials; and
  • approximate time required.

The Observation 

The arranged time when the CT and/or the CFS observes the lesson. SUNY Plattsburgh provides CTs with the “Student Teaching Observation Forms.” The results of these written comments will form the basis for the post-conference.

The Post-Conference

The teacher candidate in combination with the CT and/or the CFS meet to provide constructive feedback of the lesson. This may be arranged immediately following the lesson or at a later time during the day. Arrangements should be made in order for all parties to possess copies of the data obtained during the observation in order to facilitate reflection and to provide concrete examples of a teacher candidate’s performance. Based on this information, CTs and CFS will, in combination with the teacher candidate, discuss evidence of the teacher candidate’s strengths and/or areas for ongoing professional development, professional growth and includes discussion on what is in place that enables students to set learning goals and show progress toward learning goals.

Teaching Candidate’s Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation and reflection is essential for a successful teaching career. The Office of Clinical Practice encourages teacher candidates to incorporate checklists, teacher candidate–CT logs, standard SUNY Plattsburgh evaluation forms, and audio/video recording as effective means of data collection, and subsequent self-evaluation and reflection. In addition, teacher candidates are required to evaluate and provide evidence of their impact on student learning.

Video recording a lesson is an extremely valuable resource for your professional development — you will see your delivery style from your students’ perspective.

Guidelines for Video Confidentiality for Teacher Candidates

Before you record your classroom instruction, you must ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the parents/guardians of your students and from adults who appear in the video recording. A sample request for a release form and sample release form are provided for your reference. These are sample materials only, and reflect the type of notification and permissions that must be obtained prior to recording your video and submitting your materials for scoring. Check with your CFS for other specific information that may be required to include in the release form. The samples provide information about the purpose of the video within the context of the assignment. Any other use, e.g., within SUNY Plattsburgh, requires separate explicit permission. You may not use the video recording for any purpose that is not within the parameters of the release forms you received for students or adults who appear in your video.


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