What is the teachHOUSTON program?
The University of Houston is initiating a secondary teacher-preparation program for natural sciences and mathematics majors. The program emphasizes early and on-going field-based experiences. teachHOUSTON is the first replication site of the UTeach Program, a nationally recognized teacher-preparation program.
Why mentor teachers?
We depend on experienced elementary, middle, and high school teachers to act as mentors to our students during their field-based experiences. Mentor teachers open their classrooms to teachHOUSTON students, offering guidance and support as they begin to learn about classroom teaching.
Who are teachHOUSTON students?
The students who will teach in your classroom are UH undergraduates (freshmen or sophomores) who are just beginning to explore the career of teaching. They are receiving on-going 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.
What are my responsibilities as a mentor teacher?
You will meet your teachHOUSTON student(s) early in the semester and set up the topics and dates for them to teach three lessons. All mentor teachers assume primary responsibility for classroom management while teachHOUSTON students are teaching. We also ask mentor teacher to provide assistance toteachHOUSTON students during the group activities of their lessons, and complete short reviews of their performance at the end of each lesson and a more thorough summary evaluation at the completion of their three lessons.
How are students scheduled into my classroom?
Your principal has agreed to allow the teachHOUSTON students to teach in your classrooms during your regularly scheduled mathematics or science times. Once you have given us your preferred class times, we will select a student (or pair of students) whose schedule(s) match your own.