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So hearing that Lisa has a student teacher got me thinking....could you ever have a student teacher?
I don't think I could. I'd have a hard time giving up control of my class. Others are really good with it. My mentor teacher had a hard time too giving up control at first but then we were OK. But I know I wouldn't be comfortable.
This year I have two college students getting observation hours in my classroom. One of them is great. The other one is really annoying. I would have a really hard time letting go of my class at the beginning of the year - knowing that if they establish bad behavior habbits I would have a hard time getting them back under control and still be responisble to show gains.
It is hard at the beginning of the year! I was just saying to another teacher that it's hard when we're trying to establish rules and stuff...she is also learning them. And...she's supposed to start taking on more and more responsibility but we are still doing getting to know you, responsibilities, procedures, etc. so that's tricky. I think it's a great experience for student teachers to see the beginning of the year though. Harder on the teacher, but good for the student teacher (if that makes sense!).
I have had two students teacher in the past and I refused one for this year. I was really dissapointed with the last one I had. When I student taught I did everything my teacher did and when way above and beyond what my cooperating teacher asked because I knew it was my only chance to have hands one experiance. My last student teacher left everyday right at 3:30 and had to basically be told he was going to have to do extra things.... I'm a music teacher we do LOTS of after hours activities. I just have a problem exposing my kids to novice teaching when the teacher doesn't seem interested in improving.
I finished my student teaching in April. I spent the year with a teacher who is very sympatico with my teaching style, luckily! She and I both had trouble establishing my role in her classroom in the beginning but through a series of targeted conversation we developed a plan for me to assume control that she and I were both comfortable with.
That being said, I am a BRAND NEW teacher, I would definitely take on a student teacher - in time. I learned far more from the two master teachers I taught under (I did 18 months of Student Teaching), than I ever learned from my coursework.
I would also like to thank all of you out there who put your trust and reputation on the line to train future teachers. YOU ARE APPRECIATED! And those of you who chose not to take on the responsibility of training a teacher while caring for your class - TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE. Right now I think I would want a student teacher, but I may change my mind - I, too, am a control freak!
There are some things that I'm having a little bit of trouble giving up, but for the most part I'm doing okay. I've having a hard time not butting in when it's her turn (like when the kids are talking and she's teaching...I always want to step in!).