Welcome to the Teacher Preparation Program! We are pleased that you have decided to work with a teacher candidate as a mentor teacher. We know that with your busy schedule and the heavy demands of teaching, it is a challenge to find time to work with another adult in the classroom.
You are an essential part of the success of the Teacher Preparation Program at Michigan State University. This website has been designed to provide you with useful information about our program, policies that apply to the teacher candidates or interns working in your classroom, and to provide suggestions for helping teacher candidates get the most out of the time they spend with you. Click on the headings below to find the information you need.
Junior and Senior Mentors
- Maximizing the Field Experience
- Key Experiences for the Teacher Candidate
Use the Mentoring Practices to help assist you in best practices related to mentoring teacher candidates. The mentoring practices webpages include co-teacing, co-planning, ways to provide feedback, ideas for observations.
- Fieldwork Packets
- Unit/Lesson Planning Guide
- Web Resources
- NCTE readwritethink
The National Council of Teachers of English website contents resources focused on early literacy, writing or reading instruction, assessment, or preparing your students for standardized tests without “teaching to the test,” NCTE has tools and publications to help you and your students.
- Feiman-Nemser, S. (2001). Helping novices learn to teach: Lessons from an exemplary support teacher. Journal of Teacher Education, 52(1), 17-30.
- Feiman-Nemser, S. (2003). What new teachers need to learn. Educational Leadership, 60, 25-29.
- Feiman-Nemser, S., & Parker, M. (1993). Mentoring in context: A comparison of two U.S. programs for beginning teachers. International Journal of Educational Research, 19(8), 699-718.
- Gold, Y. (1996). Beginning teacher support: Attrition, mentoring and induction. In Sikula, J., Buttery, T.J., & Guyton, E. (Eds.), Handbook of research on teacher education, 2nd ed. ( pp. 548-616). New York: Macmillan.