Student teaching is a time filled with excitement and enthusiasm. It can also be a time of nerves and anxiety. As any teacher knows, once you get through student teaching, you will be a completely different teacher than when you first began. Check out the seven tips below to start you off on the right foot.
Student Teaching Survival Tips
1. Be open to suggestions.
The last thing you want to do is think that you know all there is to know. You can, and should, learn a lot from your mentor teacher and others in the school. Always teach with an open mind.
You may dread making all those lesson plans, but in the end, those lesson plans will make you a better teacher. Plan ahead for all of your lessons.
3. Go with the flow.
In direct contrast to planning, is the need to be flexible and go with the flow. Students antsy and need to get outside? Move that math lesson outdoors! Science lab not working out the way you had planned? Discuss why it may not be going right with your students. Being flexible will save you a lot of hassle and heartache.
4. Dress for success.
Check out our article on things NOT to wear while student teaching to get some ideas of things you definitely want to avoid.
5. Get enough sleep.
You may have stayed up until 2am during the days of your college classes, but student teaching is a whole new ballgame. Make sure you get to bed early and are well rested. It will make all the difference during the day.
6. Eat healthy.
Do not forget your fruits and vegetables! It is tempting to dash out the door without eating breakfast, or have a bag of chips and a soda for lunch, but your body will revolt. You will begin to feel tired, sluggish, and your enthusiasm will dwindle. Keep that from happening by eating a well-balanced diet.
7. Let your enthusiasm show.
Students respond to positive, upbeat teachers, so let your enthusiasm show. A cheerful smile, a can-do attitude and a willingness to laugh at yourself as you learn will take you far.
If you are just about to start student teaching, tell us what you are worried about and what we can do to help. If you have already been a student teacher, share your advice below. We would love to hear your ideas!