How to Field Instructor
What is a Field Instructor?
How to Be a Mentor
How and When to Set Goals
Ways to Be on Field Study
Being a Guest at Meals
Meeting with Your SLs
on Field Study
on Monday Nights
Times to Check In with Your SLs
Feedback - What to Look For
Ways to Help Returnees Grow
Nice Things to Do for Your SLs
A Week in the Life of a Field
Instructor at Eagle Fern
WAYS TO BE ON FIELD STUDY
— But also give them strategies for panic! Provide a code word or hand signal that SLs can use to
alert you that they are struggling without also alerting the students.
— Take your SLs on a physical tour of the field study space so they know where to find all of the
equipment and teaching locations, and also talk them through the field study schedule.
— Find something that each SL succeeded with that day so you can share it with them during the
Monday evening meeting—even if it's something like, "You did a great job helping that
student get their goggles fitted properly so that Clover could concentrate on teaching the
— Include specific praise about your Student Leaders when talking with students, in front of the
Student Leaders. Go up to a group and say, "When Zephyr gave you each a chance to share
your hypotheses, I was able to hear every student contribute to our scientific process," or,
"I'm so glad Zephyr encouraged you to take a closer look—otherwise you might have missed
this detail," or, "This group is so lucky to have someone like Zephyr who teaches with such
— Let your Student Leaders struggle a bit, but not to the point where they hate field study or feel
like a failure. Jump in and assist before it gets to that point.
— Keep a vigilant eye out for missing equipment and cue cards. Make sure your Student Leaders
have everything they need to teach each lesson successfully.
This is their 4th day on field study, so they should be fairly comfortable by now, and it's the
students' 4th day, too. They know the process at this point, and although focus is sometimes
harder, the general field study procedure should be easier.