How to be the best student teacher EVER!

After talking to many different teachers about what makes a great student teacher, I’ve comprised a list of the top 5 most noted character traits that make student teachers outstanding. Be sure to take on board these habits to become the best student teacher EVER! Read on…

Be flexible

Welcome to teacher life! Flexibility is key to surviving in this profession. No matter how well-planned you are, there are never any guarantees that things will go according to plan. In fact it is always a huge surprise when things do as it is such a rare occasion. Last minute changes are inevitable so be quick to get on board the ever unpredictable world of teaching.

Welcome feedback

The way you respond to feedback, will help you grow as an educator to be. Positive feedback is of course so much easier to accept than negative or critical feedback. Ask what you can do to improve, take on board the suggestions you are given, with a positive mindset. Remember your mentor wants you to succeed so interpret any negative feedback as an opportunity for growth.

Take initiative

Don’t always wait to be told what to do. After your first few days of observing how the class functions, take the initiative to become active and do something new. Do something helpful such as introducing a new monitor scheme, organising the class library books, offer and share your ideas on how to better improve the class, make an educational display, do anything that will bring your mark to the class.

Take risks

Say goodbye to your comfort zone and brace yourself to try out new ideas. Share your ideas with your mentor teacher first, just to make sure that you are going about things the right way, for they know the class best. Make any adjustments recommended, if any, then go for it and give it a shot! Teachers and pupils are always grateful for fresh new ideas and ways of doing things, so show what you are made of. It’s so much easier today to get ideas than it was in my day. Ha! I sound old now! 🤣 😂

Embrace all aspects of teacher life

Don’t be fooled to think that teaching is purely lesson plans and classroom management. Help with mundane work, give feedback about the children to the teacher, give feedback to the children, build relationships with them. Be punctual, keen, willing and with a big smile.

There is no doubt that by following the above advice and taking on board these tips you will be the best student teacher anyone ever had! 

🍀 Good luck with your school placement!
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Till next time…

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  One thought on “How to be the best student teacher EVER!

  1. 10 January 2018 at 13:09

    That’s good advice, Peppi. I would also add that you must be respectful of the teacher. You may not agree with everything that the teacher does, but it is important to avoid criticising or telling the teacher that you know a better way. If asked, of course make suggestions. Be helpful – arrive early and stay late, if that’s what the teacher does. Help out with chores that lighten the teacher’s workload. It is small payment for what you will learn. Be willing to work with groups, and open to ideas. Ask, ask, ask. Why do you do it that way? How do you …? Show the teacher you are a willing learner but are also prepared to take some initiative, but not take over. What an amazing journey awaits!

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    • 10 January 2018 at 13:35

      You are so right! Being respectful is so important as is being punctual. What wonderful additions! Thank you for your valuable additions, Norah!

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      • 11 January 2018 at 07:59

        My pleasure, Peppi. I have been both student and mentor and can see it from both sides. 🙂

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