This video discusses benefits and what should ideally happen with cooperating teachers and student teachers. With a helpful school system, this can be beneficial and it can provide new ideas to all parties involved.
Allowing for open communication between the student teacher and yourself, the cooperating teacher, is very important. I really like the idea of keeping a notebook to journal critiques and praises so that it can serve as a written reminder as well as a way to see the improvement the student teacher has made throughout the time frame.
"While some mentoring teachers may believe that throwing their student teachers to the wolves, so to speak, is the easiest way to do it, it's suggested that a gradual process of introducing and then handing the reigns gradually, so the students get accustomed to their presence in the classroom"
On the other side of the coin, being a cooperating teacher can provide lots of new ideas to learn as well. This teacher discusses her experience with a student teacher, and the importance of having adequate classroom management skills, something which is only learned with practice.
There are good reasons to become a cooperating teacher as well as bad ones. These can alter the student teacher's scope on teaching greatly. This blog is written from the student teacher's point of view, sharing her experiences with different cooperating teachers, which ranged from unhelpful to outstanding. The key for her was to focus on communication, balancing criticism with praise, as well as tackling the job of teaching as a team.