Choosing a School for Student Teaching
Here are a few ideas for you to think about as you try to decide which twelve schools to apply to for your 14-week student teaching experience.
- Consider the type of environment you’d like: Urban or suburban? Private or parochial? Public or magnet? I will ask you some questions about your own educational experiences and the kinds of things you would like to learn, in order to help you make some of these decisions.
- Think about location. Consult a map of Chicago Public Schools on-line.
- Remember that you cannot student teach at the high school from which you graduated.
- If you have a few school names in mind, look up that school’s webpage at the Chicago Public Schools website and its evaluations at the CPS Office of Research, Evaluation and Accountability.
- Contact the schools you have in mind. Explain that you are a UIC teacher education student looking for potential Student Teaching sites. Ask if you can visit one day for an hour. On that day, check in at the main office, get a Visitor’s Pass, and spend some time in the building. It would be ideal if you can contact the Foreign Language Department Chair and get permission to visit a French class. Remember to make your visit as brief and unobtrusive as possible, and remember to thank the person very much for their time.
- Sometimes CPS offers guided bus tours of several schools in the district.