What is the STEM Education Program?
Why mentor teachers?
Who are the STEM Education students?
What are my responsibilities as a mentor teacher?
How are students scheduled into my classroom?
How will I benefit as a mentor teacher?
What happens in the early and continuous field-based courses?
Q: What is the STEM Education program?
A: STEM Education is an innovative program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for preparing secondary mathematics and science teachers. We are an official replication site of the nationally recognized UTeach program begun in 1997 at the University of Texas at Austin. The program emphasizes early and ongoing field-based experiences. Since its inception, the UTeach enrollment has increased dramatically, and replication programs like STEM Education have been started around the country.
Q: Why mentor teachers?
A: We depend on experienced elementary, middle school, and high school teachers to act as mentors to our students during their field-based experiences. Mentor teachers open their classrooms to a pair of STEM Education students, offering guidance and support as they begin to learn about classroom teaching.
Q:Who are STEM Education students?
A: The students who will teach in your classroom are predominantly UTC undergraduates majoring in math, science, engineering or computer science who are just beginning to explore the career of teaching. They are receiving ongoing instruction in lesson design, classroom management, and science and mathematics content, but they are not yet student teachers. Their final decision to pursue teaching as a career will be influenced to a great extent by their field experiences in your school.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a mentor teacher?
A: You will meet your pair(s) of STEM Education students early in the semester and work with them on the topics and dates for them to teach two- three lessons. All mentor teachers assume primary responsibility for classroom management; provide assistance to STEM Education students during group activities; and complete short reviews of their performance at the end of each lesson and a more thorough summary evaluation at the completion of their lessons.
Your responsibilities lie in these general areas: