7 Tips from a Preservice Teacher to Others
Following my post 7 Tips for Preservice Teachers, I am pleased to present the following tips from the same preservice teacher who inspired my post:
- Think of your teaching round as a once in a lifetime opportunity for on-the-job training. There is no industry out there that offers this opportunity to learn the ropes and be mentored by an experienced professional. Take this opportunity to learn as much as you can.
- Think of your teaching round as one huge job interview - conduct yourself in a professional manner, and go out of your way to demonstrate what you have to offer.
- Don't be afraid to take responsibility and ownership for all aspects of the classes you have been allocated. It's the best way to see what it will be like when you are a real teacher.
- Use this 'safe' training environment to trial any pedagogical ideas you have, but always check with your supervisor first - after all, they have the long-term interests of thier class to consider.
- Follow your class around in other subjects.
- Observe other teachers teaching the same content as you.
- If your supervisor is busy, be proactive and draw on the expertise of other teachers.