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Student Teachers and Pre-Service Music Educators (Return to Music Resources)

By Dr. James Weaver and Team on May 10, 2021 Print

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Collegiates – Pre-Service Music Educators

Access, Safety, Security

Confirm and reinforce communication with local college/university Music Ed programs and Schools of Education. Prepare, distribute, and post district and building guidelines and procedures.

Field Experience Guidelines and Access

Live classroom experiences have been limited and as we move to Fall 2021 there will be a variety of scenarios across the country. Pre service students and teachers alike must communicate to support each other to create the most positive of situations.


Student Teaching Guidelines and Access

Student teaching/internship and school-based observations are an exciting time full of learning for all involved. Due to the ongoing pandemic, student teaching and classroom observations may look different than in previous years. First and foremost, there must be clear and consistent communication between the host K-12 teacher, the university supervisor, and the university students.

K-12 Host Teachers:

Hold an initial meeting (in person or virtual) with your student teacher and/or practicum students to establish expectations and share school and district requirements.

Check with your school and district about virtual observations. Some students may not be able to participate due to policies recording students.

Provide university students with clear expectations and timelines for completion.

Model appropriate and professional behavior in regard to school and district COVID policies.

When working with university students, provide them with examples of how your teaching was before COVID. Make connections between their current reality and teaching without restrictions.


University Supervisors:

Stay up to date on policies for the individual school systems you will have students visiting.

Consider, when possible, virtual observations.

Due to challenges with in-person instruction you may need to provide more support to the university student and the K-12 host teacher.


University Students/Interns:

Make sure you are familiar with all health policies for each school you will be visiting.

Remember to model what is expected of the students. Practice good hygiene practices and COVID protocols.

If you are attending live virtual classroom observations, remember to act in a professional manner that you would if you were in the school.

Ask questions of your supervisor and host teacher about what teaching was like before COVID.

Remember that you are a guest in each school you visit. In order for you to remain throughout your placement, you must practice proper COVID protocols and hygiene even when you are not at school. 


Smooth-Out Processes for Digital Access

School systems are encouraged to make digital access more available and streamlined for collegiates to be able to access observation experiences in areas of the country in-person observations are not possible.


Collegiate as Resources

Create opportunities to include collegiates as mentors, “hybrid helpers” and additional personnel to offer individualized instruction and assessment, especially in the online environment. They have been students during Covid, so they have a good perspective and could be beneficial as faculty support and "apprentices".


CNAFME Chapters

Promote a national push for collegiates to energize the “recruit, revision, rebuild” campaigns. Chapters should gear their professional development and service campaigns toward creatively serving the needs of schools in these times as possible.