eacher Candidate: Katie Holmes Student ID#_______________________ I. Outstanding Strengths: Katie did an outstanding job as a student teacher. I was impressed with Katie’s initiative to take responsibility in the classroom from day 1. She was eager to involve herself in all aspects of teaching from getting to know the students to planning and implementation. She was very eager to learn. She was curious about professional literature that I was using or reading. She asked me questions constantly concerning her observations of students. Hearing her observations of students was very helpful to me as I reflected on how to more effectively teach each one. Katie delighted in their conversation and work which endeared her to our students and to me immediately. Katie exhibited great professionalism in her student teaching assignment. She was always at school very early. She willingly stayed late. She wanted to attend parent-‐teacher conferences. She even asked to stay after school when I tutored a student. She came to school on at least two days that she was not required to be here, including an additional day at the end of her 9 weeks. She was very respectful of me, other teachers, administrators, and fellow student teachers. She was positive and enthusiastic always, even when she was sick a couple of times. Truly, she sought to do everything required of her and much more with excellence! I could absolutely depend on Katie. She was diligent and hard working. Katie was exceptionally thorough in her planning. She thought through every detail of her lessons, from time management, to materials, to NAEYC standards, to individual differences in our classroom. She searched out excellent books and websites, and made PowerPoint presentations that engaged the students. She was always very well prepared to execute her lessons. She often made charts and other materials to engage all modalities during her lessons. She made good use of technology. She was careful to plan out her use of time, but also demonstrated the ability to be flexible and “go with the teachable moments.” I could trust Katie with my class as she planned developmentally appropriate lessons and engaged the students in those lessons in challenging ways while communicating care and affirmation of individual students. Katie did a very good job of “post-‐planning” as well. After implementing her lesson plans, she thought reflectively about the effectiveness of the lessons. She consistently and accurately identified the strengths and weaknesses and thought through ways to improve the plans or implementation of the plans. Katie set high standards for herself as a teacher. She wanted to do her best to promote the success of each student. Katie was very considerate to seek my opinion and approval of her plans well before implementing the plans. She was observant of my established routines and procedures. She was also very considerate of the needs and feelings of the children. We spent much time discussing ways to assist the students who had trouble mastering certain academic skills and concepts as well as ways to challenge the fast learners. It was delightful to share my classroom with someone who enjoyed and cared for my students as much as I do. Having Katie in my class was a joy for me and for the students. We ALL miss her so much already! I greatly appreciate all that she did to teach and to assist me in teaching 24 lively first graders this fall semester!