Associate teachers have the necessary teaching experience and the interpersonal and communication skills to mentor teacher candidates over a period of time and to evaluate their progress towards becoming teachers.
The role of the associate teacher involves guiding and supporting the professional development of the teacher candidate. Providing daily/weekly constructive feedback is essential.
Associate Teachers have the following:
- At least two years of teaching experience;
- In good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers;
- Have their principal’s approval;
- Be willing to act as a mentor, supporting the development of a teacher candidate or candidates;
- Be open to a co-planning, co-teaching approach to model effective teaching strategies;
- Be able to work within a collaborative community of inquiry with a teacher candidate or candidates and their Faculty representative(s);
- Be aware of individual differences in teaching styles, personality and values; and
- Have a love of teaching and a generosity of spirit to give back to the profession and to help make a difference in the development of the next generation of teachers.
Forms for Associate Teachers
Teacher candidates are matched with associate teachers to reflect both division and subject areas of expertise. Associate teachers are welcome to host either one or two teacher candidates during the practicum experience. In the high school setting, teacher candidates may have more than one associate teacher within a department. These practices are intended to promote a collaborative planning and teaching model.
Teacher Candidates’ performance should be assessed as a developing teacher rather than compared to an experienced teacher. The interim and final reports reflect the developmental nature of learning to teach.