Make sure that you read all the material given you pertaining to student teaching. You need to be aware and do everything that is required. The school you are assigned to may also have some rules. Follow them. Be determined to not just be a student teacher. Be an excellent student teacher.
Student teaching is really a job. Take it seriously. How you dress should be professional. How you act should be professional. Be observant of your teacher. Student teaching is a golden opportunity to hone your teaching skills and learn new ones.
Your lead teacher's opinion matters. Be a good listener. Offer your opinion in a professional way. And yes, you should offer some opinions. Remember that you are not a regular member of the staff. Interact with other staff members, but do not get involved in anything that may be controversial, like teacher lounge gossip. You are there to become a teacher.
Cooperation is the key to winning the student teaching game. Be expected to go the extra mile. You will probably have to get to school early, and not leave until late. Always be in a cheerful, helpful, listening mood. You want to be the best student teacher the school has ever seen. This is a good way to get a foot in the employment door. Principals will take notice.
If you know you are going to be a doing a fantastic lesson, invite the principal to observe you if you can. Get to know the principal. It never hurts to ask for a letter of recommendation. If they don't see you, they can't know how great you are.
Even though you are not part of the staff, you should participate in all school activities. Like assemblies, staff meetings, even evening programs. You want to be seen as a team player and a supporter of students and staff.
Wow your lead teacher. Strive to go above their expectations. Be well organized. Gather any materials, copies, and resources well in advance. Show up at school well prepared. You can never go over things enough. Better to check and recheck your work than miss something in the middle of a lesson.
Don't be confrontational with your lead teacher. You will probably see some things you don't like. But remember, it's not your class or school. Be friendly when giving your opinions. Expect a little unfairness or what you seem is not right. Do not argue with the lead teacher. Don't complain to the principal about the teacher. Always discuss your concern first with the lead teacher. Don't sweat the small stuff. Teaching can be hard and tiring. If you really have a major problem, and cannot contain yourself, always talk to the person in charge of student teaching. This is probably a faculty member of your college or university.
Remember, student teaching is for listening and learning. Make the best of it and it could lead to a teaching job!
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