BAS-TE Practicum Information

Mentor teachers are an integral part of a BAS-TE student’s experience in program. They work with students in their first year of the BAS-TE program to give them classroom experience prior to the students’ student teaching hours completed during year 2.

Without the support of local mentor teachers, and the work they put into hosting and evaluating our students, the BAS-TE program at Grays Harbor College would be unable to continue.

Mentor Teacher Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the student by introducing them to faculty, staff, and students as appropriate.
  • Share school schedules, routines, policies, rules, and classroom expectations with the student as appropriate.
  • Include the student in professional development, staff events and meetings, and other building activities when appropriate and available.
  • Meet with the student on a regular basis to discuss practicum goals, outcomes, and progress toward successful practicum completion.
  • As necessary and appropriate, provide the student with background information on individual learners in the classroom.
  • Student should be included in as many teaching activities and opportunities as possible such as small group instruction, one-to-one instruction, data collection, etc.
  • Provide ongoing and regular constructive feedback to the student, both oral and written, on their performance in all aspects of classroom teaching and preparedness such as, but not limited to, lesson planning, teaching behaviors, professionalism, and interpersonal relationships with colleagues, students, parents, administrators, and the community.
  • Maintain regular contact with the practicum supervisor throughout the practicum experience regarding student progress. Report any concerns or issues with the student’s performance to the practicum supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Because the students are not certificated in most cases, supervision is required at all times.
  • Complete the Practicum Evaluation Form (Appendix C) at the culmination of the practicum experience, along with the Professional Dispositions Evaluation for Field Experiences (Appendix D). Both forms should be returned directly to the practicum supervisor.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

  • Before the start of a practicum, the student must have a current and clear Washington State Patrol WATCH background check on file with Grays Harbor College. Additionally, the student must have completed the Character and Fitness Supplement form, as well as provide proof of liability insurance coverage. Students will not be allowed to start the practicum without each of these components complete and on file.
  • Contact the mentor teacher, building principal, and practicum supervisor for introductions, to exchange contact information, and schedule an initial meeting before the start of the practicum experience.
  • The student is responsible for creating a weekly schedule that is agreeable to all parties involved (mentor teacher, principal, practicum supervisor, and student) that satisfies the minimum number of work experience contact hours for the practicum. Planning time may be scheduled between the student and mentor teacher, though the majority of the practicum experience should be in the assigned classroom while students are engaged in active learning. Complete the Practicum Placement and Schedule form (Appendix A) and return to the practicum supervisor at the start of the practicum experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, contact both the mentor teacher and the practicum supervisor as soon as possible. All scheduled practicum hours must be completed; in the event of missed hours due to emergency, illness, weather, or other reasons, the student is responsible for making up the hours as agreed by the mentor teacher and practicum supervisor.
  • Complete the Practicum Attendance Log (Appendix B) with dates, times, and total hours.
  • Professional attire, attitude, and behavior is expected at all times during the practicum. Professional disposition is monitored across all program requirements, including practicum.
  • Observe professional standards of ethics in confidentiality, professional courtesy, and interactions with students, parents, community members, and other professionals. Strict confidentiality is required regarding student information and interactions; do not discuss student information or interactions with anyone beyond the respective school, and only when deemed professionally and/or legally appropriate. For questions related to confidentiality expectations, consult the mentor teacher and/or practicum supervisor.
  • Do not use student names in course work or class discussions.

Program Contact

Nancy Estergard
Directory, BAS Support

Practicum Orientation

Each new mentor teacher is required to complete the online orientation course in Canvas. The mentor teacher is able to claim 2 clock hours for this training. If the mentor teacher would like to claim the clock hours, there is a $10 processing fee that needs to be paid through the GHC cashiers office.

Logging Practicum Hours

Practicum hours will be logged using an online form. The students will create and fill out the log and then send the link for their log to their mentor teachers at the end of the quarter.

Evaluating Students’ Work

Mentor teachers are asked to evaluate the students they hosted at the end of each quarter. The link to complete this evaluation is: (Currently unavailable).

Practicum Handbook