Field Supervision Newsletter

September 2016

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Welcome!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Field Supervision Newsletter! The purpose of this monthly newsletter series is to help you learn more about your colleagues, to communicate important field supervision reminders, and to provide you with useful resources related to your field experience this year in TEP. To maintain confidentiality, these newsletters will be set to "private", meaning only those invited with a unique link may view.

Getting to Know You

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Liz Carey, Cory Elementary, First Grade


1. Where do you call home?

I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, and love to return to visit family and friends there. (I’m going to be in Chicago for my sister’s wedding in two weeks!) I completed my undergraduate degree here at the University of Denver, so I have spent the majority of the last four years in Denver.


2. When you have free time, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with family and friends, reading, and exploring new places in my free time.


3. What are your favorite comfort foods?

I have such a sweet tooth, I love most desserts, especially chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.


4. What are you enjoying most about your field experience?

I am really enjoying seeing how student performance is assessed and how this data then guides our lesson plans. I think it’s fascinating to see all of the preparations that go into guided reading groups, and can’t wait for them to start within the next couple of weeks.

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Jessica Morris, Escalante-Biggs Academy, Kindergarten

1. Where do you call home?

I am originally from Aurora, CO and after living in both Seattle, WA and Seoul, Korea I have recently moved back to Aurora to attend DU this year.


2. When you have free time, what do you enjoy doing?

I love hiking, exploring ghost towns, learning about history, and spending time with friends.


3. What are your favorite comfort foods?

Voodoo Donuts. I've been to four of their locations- two in Portland, one in Denver, and one in Taipei.


4. What are you enjoying most about your field experience?

Getting feedback and guidance on teaching! I have subbed in DPS and taught English abroad but with very little help doing so. I can finally learn how to best improve myself as an educator in my field experience.

September Reminders

  1. Create your DU Portfolio. Refer to the Fall checklist on the DOL Guidelines handout you received at our first class meeting.
  2. Ensure that your mentor signs your Fieldwork Log weekly.
  3. Continue to focus on building relationships with your mentor and your students.
  4. Develop your skills as a reflective practitioner by writing consistently in your fieldwork journal. Please focus on identifying your: (1) strengths, (2) challenges, and (3) opportunities for growth. If it is difficult to find time to write during the day, be sure to make time either before or after school.
  5. Over-communicate—it is best not to let issues or challenges fester. Seek guidance or help from your support systems (mentor or supervisor) as soon as you can.

Field Evaluations

As you begin to prepare for your first field evaluation, please remember to:


  1. Review the Fall FEET evaluation competencies and indicators. If there is anything you are unsure about, now is the time to ask.
  2. Plan your lesson well in advance. Seek guidance and feedback from your mentor. If you are unsure if a specific teaching strategy will be appropriate for your students, discuss it with your mentor and try it out in the classroom prior to my visit. That way, you have time to reflect and make adjustments before your evaluation.
  3. Email me a copy of your lesson plan (use the TEP Lesson Plan template) at least a day in advance so that I have time to review it and offer suggestions if needed.
  4. Confirm with me via text or email the day before. For example, "See you tomorrow at 9 am!"
  5. After your lesson, we will have a post-evaluation debriefing where we will discuss your ratings, strengths, and areas of growth. We will also determine goals and next steps for improvement.

Focus on Feedback

As an apprentice teacher, you will be receiving feedback on a continual basis. How you handle feedback from various "givers" (instructors, supervisors, mentors, colleagues, etc.) will influence your experiences this year in TEP. I hope you will find this TEDx talk—"How to Use Others' Feedback to Learn and Grow"—worthwhile.
How to use others' feedback to learn and grow | Sheila Heen | TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen

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