The clinical supervisor is your WGU representative and a support for you during your demonstration teaching (DT) experience. It is important for you to communicate with your clinical supervisor regularly and inform them of any questions or concerns. However, please keep in mind that your clinical supervisor may be supervising several WGU students as well as supervising for other local colleges and universities in your area. In a few cases, your clinical supervisor may be a current or previous principal or superintendent who has a lot of influence in the same district where you are completing your DT. As such, your supervisor’s time and availability may be limited due to other work or personal obligations. Some CSs have to travel a great distance to complete the observations. The following is a list you should consider as you work with your clinical supervisor:
Always be patient and flexible when scheduling the observations with your clinical supervisor, keeping in mind that you are one of your supervisor’s many priorities.
You may be used to a very quick turn-around in communication from WGU because customer service is a high priority. Utilize patience and understand that the turn-around time with clinical supervisors from the world of education may not be as quick as what you are accustomed to with WGU.
Many clinical supervisors have outside commitments due to work or personal obligations. Keep this in mind as you work with your clinical supervisor as well as your host teacher to schedule the observations.
Always treat your clinical supervisor with courtesy and respect in written and verbal communications. Remember that your clinical supervisor may have influence in your local educational community, and you’ll want to be able to use your clinical supervisor as a job reference after DT is completed.
Make sure you hand in your lesson plans to your clinical supervisor at least 3 days prior to a scheduled observation in order to get feedback to improve your lesson plan within plenty of time so you can make revisions before your observation.
Whether you agree with the clinical supervisor’s scores and comments on your observations and evaluations, bear in mind that your role is that of learner and the supervisor’s constructive criticism is given to help you improve. Ask for clarification, strategies, and examples in a polite and considerate manner so you can understand the clinical supervisor’s expectations.