Top Tips To Be A Successful Student Teacher
1. BE ON TIME
Punctuality is very important in the real world. If you are late, you will definitely not start out on the right foot with your cooperating teacher. Even worse, if you arrive after a class has begun which you are supposed to be teaching, you are placing that teacher and yourself in an awkward situation.
2. PLAN AHEAD
If you know you will need work sheets for a lesson for example, do not wait until the morning of the lesson to get them completed. Many schools have procedures that must be followed for copying to occur. If you are stuck without the worksheets it may look unprofessional and unorganised.
3. BE FLEXIBLE
Remember that the coordinating teacher has pressures placed upon them just as you have your own pressures to deal with. If you normally teach only 3 classes and the coordinating teacher asks that you take on extra classes one day because he has an important meeting to attend, look at this as your chance to get even further experience while impressing your dedication to your coordinating teacher.
4. MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY
Remember that if you are taking notes about students or classroom experiences to turn in for grades, you should either not use their names or change them to protect their identities. You never know who you are teaching or what their relationship might be to your instructors and coordinators.