Preparing to Meet my Cooperating Teacher


This week, I have the opportunity to visit my 5th-grade classroom to meet my cooperating teacher and students! I am so very excited to get to know who I will be learning with during my student teaching semester.

My mind is going in a million directions, I thought that I would create a list of questions that I would like to know. If you have any additional ones that you recommend me asking, let me know in the comments below. 

Questions to ask my cooperating teacher:
  1. What is your favorite part about 5th grade?
  2. What is your least favorite part about 5th grade?
  3. What is your teaching philosophy?
  4. Have you been a cooperating teacher before?
  5. What are your expectations for me in your classroom?
  6. What is the best way to communicate with you?
  7. What is the Bell Schedule?
  8. What are the contracted hours for the teacher?
  9. What is the Classroom Schedule?
  10. When are staff meetings held?
  11. Where are we going to be on the pacing calendar when we return from Christmas Break?
  12. What Standards will we be focusing on January 7th-April 12th?
  13. When should we meet with the University Supervisor (W, Th, F 7:30 a.m)?
  14. Will I have a space set aside for me in the classroom?
  15. What should I bring to the classroom?
  16. How do you feel about me completing #classroombookaday (picture book reading to the class every day)?
  17. How do you feel about me completing letter correspondence throughout the semester with the students?
  18. Are there any additional routine schedules I should be aware of (bus duty, in-service days, etc..)?
  19. What is your favorite coffee beverage?
  20. What else do you think I should know?

Click here for an editable handout, 20 Questions for your Cooperating Teacher, to assist you during your initial visit! Please open the google document and make a copy before editing. I will return after our meeting and provide you with a reflection on our first encounter. Until next time ...

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