Student Teaching Fall '09

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  1. TeachinWV

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    I wanted to start a thread for all of us who will be student teaching in the fall! A place to share our experiences and thoughts throughout the semester. :thumb:

    Does anyone have their placements yet? I haven't received my placement yet and its likely I won't get it until the day before school starts :(

    Anyways, good luck everyone and I hope we all have a great semester!!! :wub:
     
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  3. kassrose

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    I have my placement! I'm teaching 4th grade in Germany. I'm from AZ so I'm pretty nervous but excited!
     
  4. SweetHomeAlabam

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    I have been placed in 5th grade county school for first placement and 2nd placement is 2nd grade!
     
  5. TeachinWV

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    Kassrose

    Are you teaching on a military base? My University is starting a new program that will allow some student teachers to teach in Germany on a base. That will be a great experience, I'm sure! Good luck!
     
  6. kassrose

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    Yep. I was placed through my university with the US Department of Defense.
     
  7. tb71

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    kassrose--that sounds like it's going to be great!

    I'm still holding out for an actual position, but if nothing comes to be I'll be student teaching for 12 wks. I've filled out all my info, but have not heard where I'll be sent.
     
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    I went to a DoD high school while my dad was stationed in Ramstein Germany and loved it. Save up money to travel when you have time. You are literally just one to two hours away from everywhere in Western Europe. Be sure to check out the travel packages on the base if you are eligible. Or better yet, volunteer to sponsor or co-sponsor clubs that travel if you are student teaching in a high school. Make sure you at least take the Rhine River cruise. Have a great time
     
  9. SoReady2Teach

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    I'm so excited to finally start student teaching!! I don't have my assignment yet, but I requested a split assignment with 4th and Kinder since I don't have as much experience in those age groups.
     
  10. SweetHomeAlabam

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    Wow! Must be sweet to be able to request the grade levels! Luckily I got the main grade level I wanted. We get two placements, one upper and one lower elem. I got 5th (yay!!!) and 2nd :thumb: So I can't complain. I wanted 3rd and 5th but....it will still ROCK!!!
     
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    I am also still hoping for a fulltime position in Fall, but if not I already have my internship lined up. My post-bac program had everything setup for us in May. I am working in a 4th grade title 1 classroom in Tucson, AZ. :)
     
  12. SoReady2Teach

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    I requsted a split level so I can hopefully get more experience that way.
     
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    I got to request my ST placement and it was very nice. I felt very comfortable in my placement and felt like I could learn and ask questions.
     
  14. ryhoyarbie

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    If I don't get a teaching job, which is beginning to likely be, then I'll be student teaching for 12 weeks and no pay. Don't know what school or what grade level I'll be at. Still waiting for those papers to come in.
     
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    rhhoyarbie and others, so have you graduated yet? Does your college let you skip student teaching/interning if you find a job? Or, are you just thinking of interning to get extra experience? Just curious! If the first option is true, I wish my school did that!
     
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    My program allowed me to flip over to doing student teaching (with a mentor to oversee me) in my own classroom if I had gotten a job prior to graduation from the Master's program.
     
  17. ryhoyarbie

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    I did the alternative certification and graduated in 2005 from college and started the teaching program in 2007. I took the social studies 4-8 content exam in the spring of 2008 and didn't get a job. I decided to take the generalist 4-8 content exam back in February of this year and passed it. I can only get fully certified if I find a teaching job or student teach for 12 weeks (something new Region 11 is doing now) and take my final test.
     
  18. SweetHomeAlabam

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    Well, I heard that my school will release you early then I heard they absolutely would not. I have never known anyone who got to skip internship until now
     
  19. Elm512

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    Me!! I've had my placement since February. I'll be spending 15 weeks in a 3rd grade classroom. My 1st choice grade, and I was placed in my 2nd choice school. I am very excited!! I can't believe that in December, I will be a college graduate/ certified teacher. Yeehaw!
     
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    I'm in a post-baccalaureatte program here in Arizona. For my program you have to complete either a 9 week unpaid internship or get a job teaching for a year. You have the option and the majority of students in the program in the past have been able to get a job. This year is different though with so many teachers being RIFd. They aren't even hiring subs this year in many of the school districts here, which is scary for those of us graduating.

    Once I complete my 9 week internship I'll have my institutional reccomendation for my certification and can walk into the department of ed office and get immediately certified with that. We have a lot of requirements to get to my level though.

    During the program you have 6 week online courses and for the majority of them you have to complete 10-15 hour practicums where you are teaching in classrooms. I completed a two year program in a year by pushing myself. I did two practicum placements over the past year where I taught 30 hours in fifth grade, and 90 hours in 3rd grade. It was rewarding and gave me a lot of confidence for my upcoming student teaching.

    Now hopefully I'll find a job once I complete my internship. :)
     
  21. kassrose

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    Hey everyone,
    So I was just wondering, what all are you going to bring with you the first day?
     
  22. bg1166

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    I am student teaching with first grade in the fall. I am super excited but also very nervous.
     
  23. bg1166

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    I am going to bring paper (maybe a spiral) and a pen. That is all I know now.
     
  24. Bloom

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    I wish you all good luck on your student teaching....I just finished mine in December (right before Christmas break!) and loved EVERY minute of it. I had an excellent mentoring teacher. All I took the first day was a notebook and pen....my teacher had a list of things that she wanted me to work on and we went from there! I was petrified my first day....but in no time I was leading small groups and then running the classroom. Once my teacher got to know me and my skills, she left me alone to teach the room and run the show.....

    My advice....listen a lot the first week or two and then start introducing your ideas. Ask many questions and present ideas to help the classroom management and learning. I was able to run a few parent/teacher conference, return parent calls and make behavior, reward and management plans by the time I left. Some of the other teachers even asked for my ppts and lessons when I was done. I present her with a reading idea(folder project) I had learned about in school and she (and the other members of the team loved it!) I left it with them (40 folders) as a thank you for teaching me so much. We incorporated my idea into our guided reading program and I am happy that I was able to provide some materials that will be used every year!

    I hope you are all lucky enough to get a great mentor and wish you the best in your experience! After two year (and a lot of money) this experience definitely confirmed my desire (and ability) to teach students!
     
  25. SweetHomeAlabam

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    I am going to bring a tote with:

    my portfolio info (letter of placement , just in case)
    binder with paper
    pens
    pencils
    sharpie marker
    I will make a name tag
    peanut butter crackers (sugar level)
    bottled water
    Make sure you have about $5 cash for lunch, water ect.

    I want to be prepared for any and everything I may even print up a couple of small activities or lesson plans that would need little or no supplies so that if asked...I can teach or lead a lesson no prob.

    I may be going over the top, but I just don't know what to expect.
     
  26. tb71

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    I got a clinical teaching update..."You will receive your assignments the 3rd wk of August"
    Keep in mind here school starts 8/24.
    I hate waiting until the last min. I don't know if I'm going to get the school I requested or a school an hour away, so do I pay to get afterschool care set up now so I can get a good one or do I wait and take my chances.
     
  27. junebuggy

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    Hi everyone, this is my first time posting on here! I am going to be student teaching two 6th grade social studies classes in the fall. Although I am really excited, I find myself slowly becoming very nervous as my start date (August 20th) approaches. Do anyone have any advice or words of encouragement??? Thank you and good luck to everyone else who is starting in the fall as well!!! My thoughts will be with you !
     
  28. bg1166

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    I am very nervous as well. As it gets closer I get more and more nervous.
     
  29. sweetner87

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    I am also starting student teaching this fall!! I was lucky to be placed in the school I wanted, which is a Chicago Public School. I was placed in a bilingual kindergarten classroom where 80% of the day is taught in Spanish!!! That makes me nervous but i'm sure I'll do just fine. Of course right now I want to know what do I wear!?
     
  30. tb71

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    LOL! I feel the same way--check some of the other posts, it has been a topic.
     
  31. ryhoyarbie

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    I'll eother get an assignment showing where I need to go either next week or in 2 weeks. Hopefully it's next week.

    I'm not nervous like some of you all. I substituted in two school districts last year so I know the game, well better than some. I'm just bored sitting here. I'm ready to go to work and not get paid. Would that classify me as unemployed still?
     
  32. SweetHomeAlabam

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    nah, crazy like the rest of us! lol
     
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    Hi Student Teachers!

    I returned to college a few years ago and got my certification in Elementary Ed (my first is in Music K-12). I finished my student teaching assignment (for elementary) in May of 2008.

    Here is some advice...

    By the end of your time you will WISH you would have:

    ...taken MORE PICTURES!!! And have pictures of YOU TEACHING and WORKING WITH KIDS! Film EVERYTHING!!! Take walks around the school and photograph OTHER people's rooms-for decorating/teaching ideas (of course with their permission). You think that you will remember... you won't.

    ALWAYS ask..."Could I get a copy of that?" Start your "stealing" (Harry Wong's term) EARLY! If you think that the principal would have a problem with it...which she shouldn't -but- buy a few reams of copy paper now while it's on sale. But copy copy copy!!!

    Write EVERYTHING down! If you work on a computer... EACH NIGHT place ideas in the right files-cross reference as you go... you will NEVER regret it! ASK ASK ASK ASK ASK!!! Find out about everything they are doing..and WHY! Ask about stuff you AREN'T seeing. Interventions. Classroom assignments that start in the spring. etc.

    TALK TO EVERYONE! Spend time to get to know the gifted specialist, the specials team, the special services team, the bi-lingual staff... everyone, about EVERYTHING. ALWAYS keep in mind these are the answers that you will need to know for interviews soon enough!

    MUSTS...no excuses...get to know the secretaries, the custodians, and especially the principal and vice principal VERY VERY well. You need connections to get things done NOW...and to get things done LATER! HAVE sit-downs with the principal about educational theories and the concerns they have for the future of education. ASK them WELL in advance to help you prepare to get that job! What would THEY be looking for if THEY were hiring..and how can YOU get that experience? What books might they suggest you check out. KISS KISS..IF you must..but most importantly learn at their feet and APPRECIATE THE CHANCE!!

    Even if you are a procrastinator... DON'T BE! GET OVER IT!!! Have things planned WELL in advance. Have things looked over- ask for help in improving everything! NEVER hand things out to students or send things home without approval...and well enough in advance.

    DON'T assume that ANYTHING (materials) will be there when you need them. You saw a book at the library/in the reading room...it won't be there when you need it. You need the cassette player or the camera, or, or, or.... MAKE SURE you have it in advance! And checked OUT that it's working a few times in advance!

    Get to know the kids names IMMEDIATELY!!! Take pictures and study them at night if you need to..but know them. Keep a secret notebook on the students where you write down little things about them that you can use for connections later on. they will be stunned when you bring up 'the way their little sister, Casey, caught the huge fish while camping and how she made the face when she tastes it that night' sometime in November when it relates to the reading, or that you connect their collection of baseball cards to the problem-solving issue in October...but THAT makes a great teacher! (What oses you JUST as many points is when you call one by another one's name. That REALLY throws a damper on things. Make up stuff to remember them by. True story...had both an Adrianna and an Andrianna in the same class. They looked enough alike...but were VERY different personality-wise...AND felt insulted to be called by the other's name. How to remember them? -never let THEM in on it..but.. ANdrianna was ON/smart/sharp. Adrianna was a little slower. Nice or not...it was how I remembered them.)

    Be neat. Arrive BEFORE your teachers and stay at LEAST as late as them. Collaborate with the ENTIRE teaching team... you are there to learn from EVERY aspect of that school. If they ask you to join them out for lunch...GO!!!! (Another reason to have things prepared in advance...so you can go when asked.)

    Feel happy and honored by the little things. Times will be tough and you NEED to hold fast to the good moments sometimes. - Once after being "ripped a new one" by the stickler of my two co-teaching cooperating teachers and feeling like crying....later that day she said, "My friend...I'm going to grab a coke, want to join me?" That she called me friend...I can't TELL YOU how much that one word made me feel 1000% better. It made my day.

    Speaking of feeling good.... select one file folder and label it "Sunshine File". This is where you throw the incredible letters and notes from co-teachers, administrators, parents, students that tell you how great you are and what a wonderful job you are doing. My professor....way back when i was studying for my music degree once said, "When the rains come...and TRUST me.. in your life, it's going to rain HARD more often than you would like...it's always nice to open the file cabinet and take out the little ray of sunshine that will lighten your spirits!"

    Getting back to business! YES...volunteer to help in projects around the school. Get on the committee for the science fair, the newsletter, after-school homework club, the literacy night, the...whatever. These will all be ideas you will take with you. Someday you'll say, "Sure I know how to organize a _____. I did that while student teaching!" "Yes, I know how to 'level' a classroom library." etc.

    If they ask if you are interested in doing A and B... say YES! If they want you to do C and D...suggest that you accomplish E as well...and then DO IT - exceptionally!

    WORK with your university supervisor. You NEED her/his endorsement...for years to come. Find out when they are coming and have a PACKET of things for them to see. Lesson plans, diary enteries, student work, pictures, artifacts, teacher's notes, etc.

    IMPORTANT... Find out what it's going to take to get straight A's in student teaching and set that as your MINIMUM! (My supervisor wanted weekly journals sent in. I thought I didn't need to send in journals on the weeks she visited....surprise, I did! Though I was graded with a PASS for student teaching, and called exceptional in reviews, the EXTRA one-hour teaching seminar grade (that i didn't even think about) is permanently marked as a "B". And for what? A few journal entries/paragraphs? What would that have cost me? NOTHING! It's not worth it! Even WITH outstanding letters of reference from these women..that B stands out like a sore thumb!

    It's only ___(fill in the blank)___ weeks long...but it'll matter your WHOLE LIFE LONG!! Considering this... you CAN forgo the socializing demands or anything else that gets in the way for a couple of weeks. What matters now is that you.. do YOUR BEST!! ONLY miss a day if you are told by a doctor you must stay away from the children (ie-hospitalized or a contagious disease). SHOW UP! Do the job!!

    If you think you COULD come up with an extension exercise or a supplimental booklet for that reading unity/math unit...DO IT! Have the teacher look it over. What do they think...would it work? (Make up things for the gifted student , the IEP student...even if you dont' HAVE any!!!) This is all training!!!

    Be prepared to tell your teacher all that happens in college these days. They may not want to admit it...but YOU are teaching them as well. Be tactful...but say... "this was the way my ____methods teacher explained it to us...do you think that would work in an actual classroom?"

    Be GLAD that you have discovered AtoZTeacherStuff NOW! I hadn't until AFTER student teaching. When i think of ALL the help I missed out on...WOW! it boggles the mind! ASK HERE...research! You'll be glad you did.

    ENJOY! You will NEVER forget this assignment...nor the kids, nor the teachers. You'll be in the retirement and STILL think back to this. MAKE it wonderful!

    God bless you on this journey!!
     
  34. tb71

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    Thanks Mckenna!!
     
  35. SweetHomeAlabam

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    Wow McKenna...take a breath!
    Thank YOU for taking the time to share your advice and experience. As we all know it is priceless. The first question I ask of my colleagues that have student taught is what to expect and what would you do different!
    You summed it up just like they have and it is GREAT advice!!
    Everybody take notes, print it out but pay attention to those who have done this before!!
     
  36. StudentTeach

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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the site as of yesterday, and it looks like a great forum. I'm currently a senior in my last year of my teacher prep program. When I graduate I'll (hopefully) be licensed to teach English grades 7-12. I don't have my official student teaching assignment until this spring, but every semester we do what is called "fieldwork" (at least 36 hours in a different school every semester).

    I'm currently looking for a teacher to take me for my last fieldwork semester and I can't decide if I should look into a high school or middle school assignment. When I student teach I will be requesting to be placed in a middle school I think. Has anyone student taught in MS or plan to? What are your thoughts? Thanks!
    Cara
     
  37. ryhoyarbie

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    I've subbed at middle school all last year. They're not bad. It's going to be easy for you since you'll be in the same classroom and see the same students every day compared to subbing at a different school every day. Just go in, tell them your name, tell them your expectations and go at it.
     
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    Hi everyone! I'm new to this posting stuff. Usually I'll spend hours sometimes reading posts and making notes of stuff that I like and want to incorporate into my teaching! Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself since I too will be student teaching in...15 days!! I am earning my Bachelors in Elementary Education (K-6) here in Florida. I received my placement about 2 months ago and I am in a 2nd grade class. I just found out a week ago that I will only be teaching reading and writing since the school is now departmentalized. I was kind of looking forward to teaching a little of everything, but this will be okay :) I have been on the site that the 2nd grade teachers post on to see what kind of things they do in their classroom.

    Thanks McKenna for your thoughts and suggestions, these are printed and in my porfolio!! :)

    So, "Hello" everyone and I wish us all a great student teaching experience!!

    Thanks,
    Mal
     
  39. SoReady2Teach

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    I finally got my student teaching assignment a few days ago! I have a split assignment with Kindergarten first and 3rd grade second. I'm going to contact the teachers tomorrow I'm so excited!
     
  40. ryhoyarbie

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    Kindergarten? Better have a lot of energy because those rugrats can be a handful.
     
  41. Graves

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    Student Teaching 09

    Hi,
    I am student teaching this fall. My placement is in Resource K-5th. I cant wait to start. I begin on August 31.
     

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