SIT Graduate Institute student on teaching practicumThroughout the year following your first residency, you’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to develop your skills and reflect on your new knowledge and awareness in your own classroom. You and your mentor will communicate regularly through phone calls, emails, and reports to evaluate your teaching competencies, assess strengths and weaknesses, and determine areas for improvement and growth.

At some point during the year, your mentor will visit your classroom — wherever it is in the world — to observe your teaching and provide feedback and support to enhance your impact in the classroom.

In order to get the most out of this practicum, your teaching load should consist of at least five hours a week of classroom English language teaching, for a minimum of eight months. You should be the primary teacher, and the minimum class size should be five students. If these requirements cannot be met, you may speak with the program’s chair to see if other arrangements can be made. Such arrangements must be approved in advance by the chair.

What really impressed me about my supervisor was the way she brought compassion to her work. She assured me that in her role as supervisor she was not here to judge me, but to serve my learning. I hadn’t had an experience like that before.

Cooper Howland