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August 20th, 2011, 04:48 PM
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Has anybody else had a student teacher in their class before? I've had volunteers, field study students, and random student volunteers...but this semester I'll have a full semester student teacher! Any advice/suggestions for me if you've had one?
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No advice (obviously) but I'd love to hear about your experience!
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August 21st, 2011, 12:47 PM
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I have never had a student teacher in my class. We don't live in a college town. THe college is an hour away so occasionally there is one to come through but not as often as other towns.

The only advice I would give would be to be very specific in how your class is run and then back up and let the ST be creative. And don't be afraid to be blunt. Good Luck!
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I've had a few, so here's what I have learned...
1. Start small ... one responsibility at a time (ie. first week is observation, second week he/she takes over spelling, third week he/she does spelling and another area, and so on).
2. Give constructive criticism...I was always afraid of hurting a student's feelings by pointing out areas of weakness...BUT it's necessary for growth.
3. Give your student teacher opportunities to visit other classrooms/grade levels/teachers to get a sense of different teaching styles, curriculum, etc.
4. Keep a notebook that you both write in on a daily basis. It is a place for your student teacher's questions, wonderings, fears, etc.. and a place for you to respond to these.
5. Try not to come to your student teacher's rescue in matters of classroom discipline. Make notes and speak to him/her privately. If you intervene when your student teacher is "in charge", the children will never see him or her as another authority figure in the room.
6. Be crystal clear with your expectations... things such as arriving on time and leaving at an appropriate time, handing in plans when they are due, being prepared for lessons (I had a student teacher who never was prepared - was missing materials and the lessons always flopped), following dress codes, etc.

Hmmm... that's all that comes to mind, but if I think of more, I'll be sure to post.
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LovinMommy- what great suggestions!
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August 23rd, 2011, 11:07 PM
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I've only had one observe me...and as a now 3rd year teacher, that's actually kind of ridiculous
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August 27th, 2011, 01:13 PM
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I've had a few, so here's what I have learned...
1. Start small ... one responsibility at a time (ie. first week is observation, second week he/she takes over spelling, third week he/she does spelling and another area, and so on).
2. Give constructive criticism...I was always afraid of hurting a student's feelings by pointing out areas of weakness...BUT it's necessary for growth.
3. Give your student teacher opportunities to visit other classrooms/grade levels/teachers to get a sense of different teaching styles, curriculum, etc.
4. Keep a notebook that you both write in on a daily basis. It is a place for your student teacher's questions, wonderings, fears, etc.. and a place for you to respond to these.
5. Try not to come to your student teacher's rescue in matters of classroom discipline. Make notes and speak to him/her privately. If you intervene when your student teacher is "in charge", the children will never see him or her as another authority figure in the room.
6. Be crystal clear with your expectations... things such as arriving on time and leaving at an appropriate time, handing in plans when they are due, being prepared for lessons (I had a student teacher who never was prepared - was missing materials and the lessons always flopped), following dress codes, etc.

Hmmm... that's all that comes to mind, but if I think of more, I'll be sure to post.
Thank you!! That helps.
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One thing I've seen mentioned a lot when lurking on another forum is to make sure to have a spot your ST can call her own. Even if it's just a student desk or something. Some place he/she can sit their belongings and do any work needed.
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