The Internship consists of a 4 week (20 days as 5 days per week) teaching period where the Intern assumes responsibility for managing student learning of up to, but not exceeding 50% regular face-to-face teaching of the Mentor Teacher’s class/es.
The Internship is usually conducted in the same classroom the pre-service teacher completed Professional Praxis 3.
The Internship is a guided partnership between an Intern and a Mentor Teacher.
The Internship provides a period of sustained professional practice during which Interns can consolidate the link between theory and practice.
Interns will build upon their existing skills, enabling them to become autonomous, reflective, collaborative professionals ready to enter the teaching profession.
Interns may be required to attend meetings to review their progress during the Internship.
Mentor Teachers will also have the opportunity to attend meetings where possible to discuss the progress of their Interns.
Interns are required to keep and maintain a Working Portfolio for the duration of the Internship.
Intern Self-reflective Statement (500- 1000 words) (Intern to complete)
At week 2 of the Internship, the Intern will write and submit to their Mentor Teacher a self-reflection statement that provides evidence of how they have demonstrated appropriate progress towards meeting the Professional Standards.
The focus should be on identifying what the Intern believes are the outcomes for their students and the school community as a result of the actions within demonstrating the Professional Standards.
This self-reflection should be used to direct professional conversations for the remainder of the Internship period between the Intern and their Mentor Teacher.
Mentor Teacher Feedback (Mentor Teacher to complete)
At week 3 of the Internship, the Intern and the Mentor Teacher will meet to discuss the completed self-reflective statement.
The Mentor Teacher will complete the Mentor Teacher Feedback as a result of this conversation.
Completion Statement (Mentor Teacher to complete)
At the end of the Internship, the Mentor Teacher completes the Internship Completion Statement in the Professional Praxis 4 Internship Guidelines booklet.
A printed and signed version of the Intern’s self-reflective statement must be included in the Internship booklet when it is returned to the University at the conclusion of the Internship.
The University Internship Coordinator will review the self-reflection, verification statements from the Mentor Teacher and the ePortfolio before completing the final assessment and grading of the Intern.