Student Teaching for Success: A Guide to Being Your Very Best BEFORE and On Day 1
Are you nervous about student teaching or wondering if teaching is for you? This Broke Teacher Minicourse will guide you through the minefield so you’ll have the very best student teaching experience ever.
Lesson One: Introduction–Why Student Teach?
You’re ready to get into the class, but only one thing stands in your way–student teaching. Student teaching should be the best experience you have while you’re preparing to teach. Sadly, for many of us, it wasn’t. This guide will give you a heads up as to what you can expect and how to make your student teaching memorable for all the right reasons, so you’ll be ready to get into your very own classroom and make school valuable and positive for every student you teach.
Lesson Two: Student Teaching for Career Changers
Are you a second-career person going into school for the very first time? If so, student teaching may be different for you than for someone right out of college. You’ve got skills, experience, and a perspective that’s a little different based on your career experience. This can be a great advantage to you, but it also presents a unique set of challenges.
Lesson Three: Student Teaching Disasters.
Student teaching doesn’t always go as planned. Disasters are never as bad as they seem. Here’s how to recognize and head off problematic situations and turn them to your advantage.
Lesson Four: How to Plan and What to Expect
Lesson planning is an art. Plan too far ahead, and you might waste your efforts. Don’t plan far enough ahead, and you’ll be in a constant cycle of chaos, not really certain of the end goal. This section is an introduction to lesson planning so you can do your very best.
Lesson Five: Setting Yourself up for Financial Success
- Don’t spend your paycheck on your job.
- Where to get resources without spending a ton.
- How to use your new “teacher skills” to make some extra cash.
Lesson Six: What to Do On Your Very First Day
Today is the day you’ll be seeing students, and you want everything to go well. Here’s how to mentally prepare for your first full classroom so you’ll catch their attention, be the authority, and set the class up for a semester of learning and engagement.
Lesson Seven: Intro to the Job Hunt
This is one of the most stressful times for new and pre-service teachers. Everyone tells you how hard the job hunt is and you wonder if you’ll ever get a job. Don’t worry! You will. If… you set yourself up for success with these tips.
Lesson Eight: Doing the Extras to Make Yourself Stand Out
You don’t have to work 24 hours a day to make yourself stand out. Be efficient with your time and do these little things to stand out.
Lesson Nine: Pitfalls in Student Teaching–and how you can overcome them
You may run into some situations while student teaching. This section addresses some of the common ones, and what you can do about them.
- “You look like one of the students.”
- Difficult mentor teachers:
- Absentee mentor teachers
- Too much freedom
- “Do it my way”
- “You are my servant.”