Meetings and Observations

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Meetings and Observations

For a new class, new instructor or new mentor, six meetings are required. At least one planning meeting between the mentor and high school instructor (which includes new instructor orientation) must occur prior to the start of the semester. At least two in-person classroom observations will occur and one follow-up meeting. Mentors will record their observations and recommendations, which are submitted and reviewed by M State's associate vice president (AVP).

Repeat course offerings with the same instructor and mentor are required to have three meetings. At least one of these meetings will be a classroom observation.

Upon request, high school teachers can be provided feedback from their mentor reports.


Teacher/Mentor Meeting and Observation Topics

Meeting topics may include:

  • Syllabus development and requirements
  • Course outline
  • Assignments and assessment criteria
  • Course curriculum (including materials and resources)
  • Pedagogy
  • Course philosophy and theory
  • Plagiarism
  • Grading
  • Overview of the CEP and handbook
  • Concurrent Enrollment Day
  • The length and number of classes and how they will be used to cover the subject matter of the course
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and MN Government Data Privacy Act
  • Disability services

Classroom observation topics may include:

  • Clarity of the lesson objectives
  • Organization of the presentation
  • Communication of subject matter
  • Demonstration of concept or principles examples
  • The monitoring of student learning and adjusting instruction appropriately
  • Receptiveness to students views and responses
  • Answering student questions clearly and positively
  • Summarization of key points
  • Definition of terms and background information given when necessary
  • Student engagement and/or involvement in classroom activities
  • The methodology used to assess student learning


New Teacher Orientation

A minimum of one planning meeting between the faculty mentor and high school instructor will occur prior to the start of the course. This meeting will include a comprehensive New Teacher Orientation with discipline-specific training in topics including course curriculum, assessment criteria, pedagogy, course philosophy and theory. Other agenda items will include the Concurrent Enrollment Program handbook, administrative responsibilities, programmatic policy and procedures and ongoing/annual professional development.

Last modified: September 9th, 2015 at 09:49am