Track your progress. Daily logs allow supervising teachers to critique and provide suggestions to their student teachers. Candidates use the logs to get daily feedback on their teaching methods and make any necessary adjustments. Cooperative learning mechanisms, such as the daily log, maximize the quality of new teachers being graduated by Nicholls State University.
- Use a composition book not loose-leaf paper. The supervising teacher must keep this log for at least one year after that student teaching practicum is complete.
- Supervising teachers should write entries each day the student teacher is in attendance, whether the candidate is teaching or not. These entries must be dated and signed by both the student teacher and the supervising teacher.
- The student teacher should record the number of teaching hours and observation hours for each day and indicate the purpose of the observation hours. This will document the candidate’s tally of hours for the weekly record. The Verification of Teaching Hours Form and the Verification of Observation Hours Form for the semester must be attached to the Final Teaching Evaluation Form with proper signatures.
- The supervising teacher’s entries should include:
- Areas needing improvement
- Tardiness, absences, late lesson plans, inappropriate dress, etc. should all be documented in the log.
- When the university coordinator observes the student teacher, the candidate’s copy of that observation must be attached to the log at the point when the observation was made. There should be a minimum of four observation forms.
- A copy of the principal’s observation form may be attached to the log, but the original should be attached to the final evaluation.
- The log should be made available to the university coordinator for each visit and/or conference.