Student teaching is defined as a "full-time, supervised, uncompensated classroom experience," to be completed in a continuous sequence of weeks for the designated time period. You will be supervised by a certified and experienced teacher. The primary objective of student teaching is to provide opportunity for demonstration and further development of instructional competence. While the State of Indiana requires a minimum of ten weeks of full-time teaching, some programs require more than the minimum set by the state.
Directed observation is viewed as a meaningful experience and could include time spent observing the supervising teacher, other teachers in the subject area or grade levels being taught, and other departments, services, or activities of the school. Notes should be made about observations, reflection done, and modifications to own teaching planned as a result of structured observation.
Supervision is essential and is a mutual responsibility of the supervising teacher and the university supervisor. Observation, guidance, constructive comments about the student's teaching experience are invaluable to one's professional growth during the student teaching experience.
Student teaching requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, and normally only the student teaching seminar course is taken during the student teaching experience. In addition, student teachers are discouraged from holding evening and weekend jobs. These added demands will cut into time that should be spent planning and preparing lessons and materials, and will diminish opportunities for involvement in after-school meetings and extra-curricular activities.