As a student teacher I was really nervous starting my first prac and I know I’m not alone. Walking into an unfamiliar school, staffroom and classroom with a temporary loss of security can be quite daunting. A great supervising teacher can make the experience a lot easier and very enjoyable. So what makes a great supervising teacher?
I surveyed student teachers and found out that they look for someone who;
- is friendly and welcoming
- introduces the student to other staff members and the class
- assures the student if they are nervous
- provides the student with the lessons/teaching programs he/she would like them to teach in advance
- suggests and discusses content, teaching and management strategies
- discusses goals and how they might be achieved
- shares resources
- provides a background about the students in the class
- includes the student in RFF time and planning units of work
- explains how the roll call book works
- provides the student with feedback including their strengths and weaknesses
- is available e.g. communicates via email
- is committed to the profession
- has a positive attitude
- provides constructive criticism – what should we do next time?
- encourages the student to self reflect after each lesson
- models effective teaching strategies
- is up to date on teaching practises
- allows the student to believe no question is a silly question
- starts the student with small groups and then builds them up to the whole class
- provides the student with a photo of the class to learn names
- allows the student to observe other great colleague teachers you know within the school
- is organised
- lets the student know when they are going to be absent
- lets the student know when they have a duty
- explains the reward system in place to the student
- gets the student a chair/place to sit on the first day
- provides the student with opportunities to gain a variety of teaching and observation experiences
- gives advice
- has confidence in the student
- expresses concerns early and notifies the student
- encourages the student to be the best teacher they can be
If all supervising teachers followed this list, each student is sure to have a very enjoyable experience.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers who take on students, it is greatly appreciated.
Are you a great supervising teacher?
Are you thinking of taking on a student teacher?
Are you a student teacher?
Let me know what you think.
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