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!
- Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
- The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
- Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
- Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement
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!