American University works with our students to arrange student teaching experiences with top-quality teachers in schools near them. Because we consider the student teaching element of the program to be so important, we work hard to ensure that the experience is as convenient, supportive, and fruitful as possible.
To make the most of these observation hours, we have integrated a simple yet innovative tech solution: we ask our students to record their student teaching experiences using their own smartphones or devices. The footage of the live environment is then reviewed by one of AU’s instructors, who can see what the student teachers are learning and how they are applying their skills and new approaches in the classroom. Our instructors offer constructive feedback on students’ strengths and areas for improvement—always with an eye toward helping to develop a student’s own approach, individuality, and creativity in the classroom setting.
This additional layer transforms the student teaching experience into an opportunity for rich insight by the students, and we have found that it leads to highly prepared and confident instructors ready to lead their own classrooms.