Meeting Host Teacher Expectations

You are an invited guest in the host teacher’s classroom. Accordingly, you should act professionally, be prepared, and be respectful at all times. Always consult with your school for its specific policies or if you have questions. The following is a list of items you should consider as you enter your assigned school(s):


  • Acknowledge the host teacher as the ultimate authority in the classroom and assume only authority delegated by the host teacher. The host teacher is legally responsible for the program of instruction in the classroom.
  • Recognize that a huge part of demonstration teaching is learning how to work with and get along with all types of personalities of host teachers as well as other school staff.
  • Become familiar and follow with the host teacher’s record keeping, grading, and reporting methods.
  • Learn as much as possible about each student, especially those with special needs or whose first language is not English.
  • Adequately plan and organize academic and other classroom activities.
  • Prepare and submit lesson plans as directed and prescribed by the host teacher and clinical supervisor. Always prepare lesson plans for the host teacher to review prior to implementing lessons. Co-planning and co-teaching are pre-requisites to assuming full planning and instructional responsibilities.
  • Get approval from the host teacher prior to experimenting with any new or novel approach in delivering instruction and dealing with student conduct or behavior. This includes modification of classroom management systems and procedures for maintaining materials, resources, and schedules. If the host teacher is unwilling to have the instruction or management plan modified, graciously accept the decision.
  • Inform the host teacher of all parental contacts and the nature of pertinent communications with parents. Communicate in a professional manner with students, parents, and other professionals.
  • Share concerns and issues with the host teacher before they develop into more serious problems.
  • Seek advice, feedback, and constructive criticism from the host teacher and clinical supervisor. Allow ample time to confer regularly with the classroom host teacher.
  • Take on all aspects of teaching in the classroom (planning, instruction, assessment, guidance, and classroom management) for a minimum of two weeks.

Make arrangements for classroom observations of other teachers through the host teacher. The school may have a policy that observation in other classrooms must be cleared through the principal. You may be responsible, once the approval of teachers has been given, for arranging a specific time for the observation with the teacher who is to be observed.