Student Teaching! Ideas?

I am so excited that I will be working with a student teacher this semester!  But I’m also nervous.  As I keep telling her, I’ve only been a student teacher and I haven’t been a mentor for a student teacher yet!  I’m thrilled to be taking on this new challenge but I want to make sure I do everything I can to help her, so that’s where you guys come in!

So far, I’ve had her come in and observe our class a few times to get a feel for the crazy/strange schedule and my awesome kids.  She also has seen my co-teaching situation and saw it in action.  Before winter break we spoke and I recommended she look at a few books to get an idea of my education philosophy.  What books did I recommend?  Oh, you know, just a few of the best PD books out there!

I told her just to browse them and get a feel for my classroom and not to feel pressured to read them cover-to-cover.

Hopefully, she will also be coming in to spend another day observing the class but I’m hoping you guys have advise, too.  Have you had a student teacher?  What should I focus on?  And if you remember your own student teaching, what would you recommend I do?  I was blessed with an amazing and inspiring mentor teacher and if I can be half as good as she was I will be thrilled!

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2 Responses

  1. As a student teacher, feedback is amazing! I prefer verbal feedback at the end of the day but it was nice when my mentor teacher left me specific notes as well. Knowing when I will be expected to teach is also helpful. The only other thing I can think of that helped a lot was my Mentor Teacher trusted me 100% and let me try things my own way. She was there to help if things didn’t turn out as planned but she never micromanaged my lessons. Her expectations were general and she let me take units the way I felt would be best.

  2. My daughter is getting ready to go back to college and start her student teaching in HS science this semester. She’s so nervous and worried about her wardrobe, interacting with the students, her mentor teacher, etc. I think it’s natural for both the student and mentor teacher to be nervous, but you’ve provided your student teacher the best resources along with the ability to observe you in action. I always appreciate any time I get to observe other teachers too. So maybe that would be something to include too in her time with you. I learn something new from every classroom I walk into and observe.

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