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Cooperating Teacher


Cooperating Teacher Traits

The following is reprinted with permission from Henry and Weber (2016,3, 5). Minor changes have been made to fit ATA style.

Cooperating Teacher Contributions
  • Modelling
  • Passing along tools of the trade
  • Intellectual process of teaching
Cooperating Teacher Traits

Research suggests that effective cooperating teachers are:

  • More proactive than reactive
  • More specific in their communication
  • (Walk the talk) Model behaviours, teaching techniques and attitudes recommended to student teachers
  • Exhibit greater consistency between behaviours and verbal expressions
  • Possess greater adaptability and flexibility
  • Provide rationales for their actions and suggestions
  • Practise self-reflection as an active learner
  • Employ positive, problem-solving approaches