A few months ago I graduated from Howard Payne University (sting ‘em!) with a BA in Elementary Education. The last semester of the Elementary Education program involves clinical teaching (also known as student teaching) at a local school, so I had the privilege of learning and practicing in both a kindergarten and second grade classroom.
It was so much fun, and it really solidified my desire to be a teacher! I learned a lot from the experience.
So without further ado, I’d like to share some tips on how to make the most of student teaching.
This is a pretty obvious first step, but definitely necessary. In order to be prepared for student teaching, here are some things to consider doing.
I’m an introvert, so I know how daunting this step can sound if you aren’t exactly a social butterfly. However, stepping out of your comfort zone and being personable to the teachers, administrators, and students is important and worth it!
While you won’t have 100% of the responsibilities of an actual classroom teacher, I won’t lie - student teaching is not a light load. It will be so fun and so worth it, but it will also be tough. You’ll be busy and you’ll have a lot of responsibilities and run into a lot of circumstances that only practice and experience can prepare you for.
Student teaching is such an exciting experience! It’s tough at times, and emotional, and busy, and sometimes pretty exhausting, but it’s an invaluable opportunity to gear up for your career as a teacher.
Not going to lie, I cried a few times during my experience, but I also cried at the end of both of my assignments because I was going to miss the kids so much! Use this time to grow as an individual and as a professional. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about yourself.
Make the most of student teaching by being prepared, being social, and being willing to tackle all of the obstacles and joys that come your way.
You can do this!
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Recent graduate + Wife
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.