I know we've discussed student teachers on the list before, but I'd like to
start the thread again. I am getting a student teacher in the fall, my
second one. I had a pretty good experience with my first one, but I want to
do better, so I'm looking for suggestions. She will be in my classroom from
Sept. 5 to Oct. 20.
Last time, in order for my stud. teacher to be able to teach all grades, I
started her the second week with 1st grade, then the next week with 1 and 2,
and so on. I didn't add k until the last week (because I want to get the
impressionable newbies in shape! lol). Do you think I started her too
quickly? I figure, the best way to learn is to dive right in and do it. I
also let her do all her own planning. My requirements were that her lessons
be discipline based, but other than that I let her go with her interests
(which works fine with my curriculum). Once again, should I be having her
teach my lessons first, to get used to it? I, personally, didn't like when
my cooperating teacher made me teach her lessons, exactly the way she would
teach them. With my student teacher, I commented on her lessons before she
taught them to help her refine them, then after teaching them we would
discuss what happened, what was good, what could be improved, etc.
Any suggestions, comments, or anything about any part of working with a
student teacher would be greatly appreciated.
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