Student Teachers Become Co-teachers in the Classroom

New Model Places Them in School for Full Academic Year

by Charles Honey

In one corner of the classroom, second-grade teacher Dee Eidson discussed a book about snakes with five students, teaching them how to support facts with evidence. “Why don’t snakes smell with their noses?” she asked. Opposite her, student teacher Kevin Cook drilled four students on pronouncing vowels and writing sentences. “’The pop fizzes in the can.’ Go ahead and write it,” he told them. By sharing the teaching of small groups, Cook was able to help Eidson zero in on the needs of certain students...