When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. This is one of many lessons we will be sharing on teaching Judaic content, lesson planning, models of teaching, differentiated and individualized instruction and learning activities designed to transform the classroom into a Jewish community of cooperative learners. The title of this lesson is “The Roles and Responsibilities of the Co-Teacher, Madrich Teacher and the Expert Teacher”. Since there are 13 elements in each lesson plan ) we will divide this lesson plan into four parts. This is the first part of a four part lesson.
Title of Lesson: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Co-teacher, Madrich Teacher, Mentor Teacher, and Expert Teacher
Enduring Jewish Knowledge Rationale for the Lesson: A teacher is one who engages students in the study of Torah. From our perspective, a co-teacher is a pre-service teaching candidate (i.e. a 12th grader, undergraduate Hillel participant, or Jewish Studies major) who learns the art and science of teaching through co-planning, co-instructing, and co-reflecting with the mentor teacher. Accordingly, the co-teacher and the mentor teacher may be engaged in team teaching where they alternate instructing the whole class, or they may divide the class into small learning groups which each one directs. Ultimately, the goal of co-teaching is for the co-teacher to assume many of the responsibilities of the classroom teacher. For additional justification for this lesson refer to the enduring Jewish knowledge rationale for lesson number one at this url:http://richarddsolomonsblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/lesson-plan-on-what-is-teacher-what-is_16.html
A madrich teacher is responsible for training the madrich or madricha to perform the administrative, interactive, and creative responsibilities of the teaching assistant. He or she should have at least three years of excellent teaching performance evaluations.
The mentor teacher trains the student teacher and the co-teacher to become a classroom teacher in a supplemental or day school. He or she should have at least five years of excellent teaching performance evaluations.
The expert teacher is a professional in a supplemental or day school who trains teachers to become madrich and mentor teachers. He or she should have extensive experience (i.e. more than five years) as a seasoned and highly competent teacher, administrator, and/or staff developer with expertise in Judaics, and the theory, research, and best practices in instruction, curriculum development, supervision, and staff development
Essential Question/s: What is a co-teacher, a madrich teacher, a mentor teacher, and an expert teacher? What are their different responsibilities?
Assessment/s: (Initial, ongoing, and final activities designed to measure what the student has learned)
Students individually and in cooperative groups discuss the answer to these essential questions: What is a co-teacher, a madrich teacher, a mentor teacher, and an expert teacher? What are their different responsibilities?
Objective/Learning Outcome: (What the student is supposed to learn from this lesson) The student will be able to define in his or her own words the answers to these questions: What is a co-teacher, a madrich teacher, a mentor teacher, and an expert teacher? What are their different responsibilities?
Name of the Active Learning Procedure: Expert Jigsaw
Anticipatory Set: (Motivation activity that prepares students for the learning outcome)
Suggested Motivational Statement:
“For today’s lesson we are going to do something even more challenging than the Simple Jigsaw that we had introduced in the previous lesson. Today we are going to apply a more complex cooperative procedure called Expert Jigsaw to define and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the co-teacher, the madrich teacher, the mentor teacher, and the expert teacher. Are you ready for this challenge?”
On the next post we will share the second part of a four part lesson on the roles and responsibilities of the co-teacher, madrich and expert teacher.