Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Student Teachers Can Make Rapid Progress With Film and Feedback

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The general idea is for a student teacher to begin with short lessons and eventually work their way into full- time classroom control. The process will differ from program to program, but there are a few important pointers you can apply in all situations, from the simplest stand-alone lesson to a full day of teaching.

Know the plan

Have you ever attended a meeting where the presenter was not prepared? And you sat in the audience and thought, "This is a total waste of my time?"

You don't want to be one of those teachers.

Our kids cannot afford to waste time at school. Nearly every minute of every day should be planned with intentional thinking and an eye to increasing learning. For you, this means:

* You must have a lesson plan
* You must know your lesson plan so well that if things go awry you can still provide valuable instruction.

And things will go awry. Administration-driven schedule changes alone can derail a poorly-planned day. Throw a fire drill in and if you start out by "winging it" then you have truly lost control of learning.

Not a good thing to happen while student teaching.

Know the schedule

And stick to it. DO NOT go over time no matter what. As a student teacher, you are a guest in the room and no matter how great you think a lesson is going, if you take more than the allotted time, you will be cutting into another block of learning or - worse - another teacher's time (music, library, etc.) or a scheduled lunch slot.

Hint: Lesson planning helps here as well.

Accelerate your learning

The initial student-teacher strategy is absorbing knowledge from as many sources as you can; now you need to focus on actively getting better every day you teach. How is this accomplished? Feedback and self- reflection.

You will make mistakes - the trick is to learn from them as quickly as possible and improve. Here's how.

Ask your master teacher to film you

Many digital cameras have enough capacity to film a short lesson. Heck, you can even use a smart phone. What does your audience see? Ask others (your college classmates or instructors, for example) to review it as well.

Everyone knows that it is really hard to watch a video of yourself. However...within a few months, you are going to have all kinds of people watching you: students, principals, counselors, parent volunteers. And at that point, they will all be expecting you to know what you are doing. And your full-time job will be on the line.

Take full advantage of this golden phase of your life when you are expected to mess things up. Ask for some video...watch it...laugh at yourself...and learn.

Ask for evaluation

You should get used to being evaluated...you will undergo evaluations for your entire teaching career. Ask for feedback from your master teacher every day. Request that the principal, other administrator or instructional coach come in and observe, using a formal evaluation sheet.

Remember, student teaching is one long interview. Many teachers have gotten their first job in the same building in which they student taught. Demonstrate that you are easy to work with and open to feedback.

Betsy Weigle is the creator and founder of http://www.Classroom Teacher Resources.com/ the detailed information source for new elementary school teachers. Learn how to turn student teaching into a full-time job by visiting our section on student teacher success at http://www.classroom-teacher-resources.com/student-teacher-t2.html

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