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What Do I Need to Know about Evaluating My 495A Student?

As mentioned earlier, it is good to remember that these students are just beginning their teaching careers. Teaching is difficult, and more difficult for some students than others. In this initial step toward becoming a teacher, the 495A students will have opportunities to demonstrate growth. A three-way, midterm conference helps to assess the student’s strengths and determine goals for improvement the remainder of the semester.

The students are graded on a pass/fail basis, with the grade based on classroom performance, written assignments and professional attributes. The student’s grade depends primarily on the professional judgment of the University supervisor, in consultation with you, the mentor teacher. As part of the final evaluation, you will be asked to complete the assessment form included in this packet.

A Guidebook for Mentor Teachers of C I 495A Students
Letter to the Mentors ○ Contact Information ○ What Is Penn State's Teacher Education Program All About? ○ What Is This "DI Block" That My Student Talks About?  What Is CI 495A? ○ Sample Student Schedule ○ What Does My Student Have to Do for CI 495A? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Observing My Student? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Conferencing with My Student? ○ What Do I Need to Know about Evaluating My Student? ○ How Do I Contact Someone If I Have Questions?