As a student teacher/new teacher you will be bombarded with demands and expectations that are new and different. As with any new job, you will need to meet those demands. However, here are the Top 10 Student Teacher Survival Tips that will give you the upper hand in the classroom.
10. Be Confident – Students smell fear and know when you are unsure of yourself. You have studied hard and you know your subject or you would not be student teaching. Have confidence and instill that trait into your students.
9. Observe Other Teachers – Ask your administrator if you could observe a successful teacher during your planning period or at another convenient time. Try to steal a few ideas after you have seen them in action.
8. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – The internet and other teachers’ lesson plans are a great starting point to creating your own lesson plans. Use what has worked in the past for others adding your own style and classroom dynamics to it.
7. Take Risks – For you to teach 21st skills with 21st century tools, you will need to offer ideas and take risks that put you out to be criticized. Do it anyway! You will never learn how to teach better than when you have to defend how you are teaching to others.
6. Exploit Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, and the Google suite have great advantages for teachers. These resources allow teachers to connect their classroom and share ideas. Find an educator that you admire and follow who they follow. Create your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) that you can bounce ideas off of.
5. Edit Your Online Profile – Students are online as much or more than you are. Be sure to clean up your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Create a “teacher” account if you want to use it for teaching.
4. Get to Know the Media Specialist – The media specialist is your gateway to technology in the classroom. Build a network with him/her.
3. Go Home and Be Home – It gets tempting to make teaching a 24 hour job. Be careful to make a clear separation between your personal life and your school life. When you’re at school, be all there; when you’re at home, be all there.
2. Don’t Take It Personal – Students and some teachers will be mean. Remember when you were in school? They would be mean whether you were there or another person was there. You are not defined by what others say.
1. Ask for Help – Every teacher was a new teacher once. It will be more fun and less stressful if you ask for help from the teachers and administration around you.