Student Teachers

Great Student Teachers

Being a student teacher is a great responsibility and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I believe it is the best learning experience you will receive when learning to become a teacher. During your professional experience, you will learn things that just cannot be taught in a university lecture hall.

Ultimately, what you get out of the experience, is up to you.

Below are some tips on how to make the most of your experiences as a student teacher.

  • Be positive, friendly and introduce yourself
  • Be punctual
  • Follow the school rules
  • Become familiar with the school by observing and participating in a range of school activities
  • Observe your supervising teacher and other teachers
  • Assist the supervising teacher whenever you can
  • Show initiative
  • Prepare your lessons and any materials thoroughly
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from your supervising teacher and/or other teachers
  • Evaluate each lesson (strengths and weaknesses of the lesson, improvements for next time)
  • Accept constructive criticism – the supervising teacher is on your side
  • Remember that you are there to learn and it is okay to make mistakes
  • Demonstrate commitment to teaching by undertaking all teacher duties
  • Dress appropriately and professionally
  • Be a great teacher to the students, NOT their friend
  • Don’t forget to smile!
  • Learn all the students’ names
  • Provide praise to the students
  • Motivate the students
  • Be confident
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Develop a presence of authority
  • Respect the students and the supervising teacher
  • Talk to the other teachers and other student teachers at the school
  • Ensure that this is the profession for you
  • Take notes of great ideas you observe
  • Collect and organise resources in a folder
  • Provide morning tea in the staffroom on your last day as a thank you

Further advice from my great PLN:

@brittgow

Good student teachers are flexible, willing to try new things, accept advice and constructive criticism and are willing to work hard.

@kathleen_morris

Regardless of what skills student teachers have, I just love it when they have initiative, commitment to learning as much as they can, willingness to try things and willingness to reflect.

A good student teacher can be a fantastic experience for both supervising teacher and students.

@MrsGlaisterCDSC

Willing to have a go, match the supervisors’ effort and hours. Ask questions, reflect. Mimic classroom management.

@fraserorr

Be friendly with your students, but don’t try to be friends!

@Mrs_Dem

A student teacher who has prepared their lessons well! I have had too many that are ill- prepared & their lessons go astray.

 What advice do you have for student teachers?

What has your experience been as a student teacher?

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