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:
Good student teachers are flexible, willing to try new things, accept advice and constructive criticism and are willing to work hard.
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.
Willing to have a go, match the supervisors’ effort and hours. Ask questions, reflect. Mimic classroom management.
Be friendly with your students, but don’t try to be friends!
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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