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Lesson Plans

Re: Student teaching

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Wed, 29 Apr 1998 21:19:13 EDT

Although I am not a supervising teacher, I am a student teacher who just
finished a fourteen week experience. I spent seven weeks at a middle school
and seven weeks at an elementary school. I don't know what your expectations
are but for me, seven weeks at each school was enough time to find out if
teaching is really what I want to do with my life. After a seven week
experience you will certainly know if your classroom management skills,
techniques, and strategies are successful. It's enough time for you to try
your own lessons (if allowed), fall on your face with your own lessons, and be
successful with your own lessons.
Our university supervisor began each one of our placements by sitting
down with the cooperating teacher and the student teacher. Together we
discussed what was expected from us both. I was very lucky, I have a great
university supervisor who never made his observations nerve wrecking. I also
had two great cooperating teachers who in seven weeks became my friends. So
my advice to you is simple:
"Don't try and re-invent the wheel!" Good Luck!

Lisa Langston
Old Dominion University