I am barely into my third year of teaching and I always thought it would be wonderful to have a student teacher... I just didn't think it'd be any time soon..
Needless to say I was stunned when my principal came to me and told me I would have one in March! "Can I do that", I asked.
"I don't see why not."
"But I'm not experienced enough yet."
"You came highly recommended and I agree that a student teacher would be honored to have you teach them."
I don't like to brag on myself... It feels weird. In my head I was thinking.... "was I the last resort?" Her comment made me feel like I have accomplished something. I, the art teacher, have been noticed and appreciated. I love my job and I can't wait to spread that influence to someone else.
I am already preparing. So far I have typed up all my classroom procedures for her to be familiar with. Of course I want her to try some of her own stuff out to. I liked having pros and cons told to me by my teachers, so I have created a sheet that I can right pros and cons down for her on each day. I believe in constructive criticism and positive reinforcement even for college students and I think this will be a good tool.
So now I ask you:
What are your tips for preparing for a student teacher?
What are your good or bad experiences?
What would you as the teacher have done better to prepare them?
What did you like when you were student teaching?
Back in my student teaching days Fall 2008
Love how I'm the same size as the 5th grade students
Some things never change, hence the name "Little Art Teacher"!