Student Teaching Guide A-Z: For Student & Beginning Teachers
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This realistic student teaching guide identifies and manages daily situations in the elementary classroom. It is one master teacher's perspective what future teachers should know as they prepare their career.
- Always put your lunch on the top shelf. When the eventual lunch bag leaks, it is better to give wet sandwich sympathy than to receive it.
Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
- Your receipt for a job completed and proclaims your reputation. Do not leave student teaching without one from your master teacher, university supervisor, and principal. University courses tell others what you learned, but the LOR tells what you know.
- Set it three minutes slow. That way you will not be disturbed by Big Ben interrupting lessons, letting you know it's recess time. Remind the class of your hero status, as you repeatedly let them out to recess three minutes early every day!
Everyone Failed My Test!
- You just have to learn how to adjust and prevent it from happening again. Break the results down and learn from your mistake. What went well and what did not? A good test will have easy, medium, and difficult questions. You can throw out the results and start over, but that will effect your credibility and backlog other lessons. A good solution is to consider this one of those easy grades: Class, take the test home tonight and fill in the correct answers for more credit
. Re-grade their tests, giving more points based on the new answers. Now your failed test just became a take-home test, making both you and the students happier.
Home Shopping Network
- Watch as those ladies reel you in with smooth talk and compliments, before they stick it to you for three easy payments of $39.95. Use their energy and sales technique to "sell" your lesson, especially reading a long story at the end of a day. Also study how products are presented using bright colors, themed backgrounds, and voice inflection. Who wouldn't buy an imitation sheepskin shoe shammy or writing assignment from these gals?
- Everyone behaves better when the teacher is a step away. Maintain class flow by circulating through the room during the lesson. If they know you are watching, they are less likely to get distracted by accessories. When there is commotion, don't stop your lesson. Instead, walk to the noisy area and stand there. Students usually get the hint that it is time to get on-task. Likewise, when a student is speaking, move away from them. Now the student must project their voice across the room for you and everyone to hear, and your proximity keeps the far side of the room engaged in listening.
- There is a need for a discipline policy as much as a reward system. Punishment attempts to decrease an undesired behavior. The key is to find the right balance between issuing rewards and punishment. Getting to know your students also involves knowing what they don't like and using it against them as a consequence. For well-behaved students, telling them publicly to improve is shame enough. They value their good reputation. For others, verbal remarks have limited effect, and you need to use time-outs, isolated seating, or behavior cards. Don't give the impression of a kangaroo court with impulsive punishments. Make them aware of a logical progression of consequences. The loss of recess or fun activities, like art, should be a last resort because if that fails there isn't much left. Then you will need outside support from parents or the principal.
- For the student losing pencils all day every day, keep a pink crayon ready at all times on the chalk tray. I don't have another pencil for you, so here's a pink crayon to use. You will have to find a pencil of your own later.
Table of Contents
• Tardies, Long-Term
#4 Attention Span
#7 Back to School Night
#8 Before School Year Starts
• Good Individual, Bad Individual, Good Group, Bad Group
#10 Common Misbehaviors
• Bickering, Defiance, Forgery, Graffiti, Lying, Manners, Self-Control, Tattling, Theft
#11 Book Orders
#12 Bulletin Boards
#14 Certificated vs. Classified Employees
#15 Clean Desks
• Countdown Clock, Last Bell
#17 Combo Classes
#18 Common Core
• Students, Parents, Weekly Letter
#21 Conflict Resolution
• Discipline/Punishment, Disputes, Disruptions
#22 Cooperation vs. Competition
#23 Copy Machine
#24 Cum Files
• Air Conditioner/Heat, Barf, Bathroom, Cell Phones, Drinks, Fly, Gum, Hand Sanitizer, Hats and Hoods, Markers, Office Calls, Passing Notes, Paper, Airplanes, Pencils, Rubber Bands, Scissors, Sneezes, Throwing Crayons, Tissues, Trash Cans
#29 English Learners
#30 Field Trips
#31 File Cabinet
#32 Fire Drill
#33 First Day of School
#34 Five Years
#35 Flag Salute
#38 Gifted Students
• Extra Credit, Subjective Grading, Sampling, Everyone Failed My Test, Grade Availability
#40 Group Work
#41 Home School
#43 Job Interview
#44 Last Day
#45 Last Week
#46 Lesson Plans
#49 Lifestyle vs. Job
#50 Master Teachers
• Personal Injury
#52 Mentoring/Little Buddies
#53 Middle School
#54 Name Tag
• Principal, Colleagues
#57 Open House
#58 Opening Routine
#59 Paper Clips
• Recognizing, Irate Parents
#66 Quiet Activity
#67 Rainy Days
#68 Red Dot
#69 Report Cards
#72 Rotating Classes
#73 Rule of 3
#74 Rule of 25
#75 School District
• Administrators, 403(b), 457 Plan, Insurance, Personnel Benefits, Salary, Sick Days
#76 Seating Chart
#77 Secretaries and Custodians
#78 Show and Tell
#80 Silent Reading
#81 Special Education
• SST, RSP, SED, SDC, 504 Plan
• Average, 15%, Good Students Bad Test Takers, Low But Always Trying, Opportunists, Sergeants, Thieves Liars and Malcontents
#83 Student Council
#84 Student Teachers
• Appearance, Good Qualities, Observation, Socialize,
• Art, Computer Lab, Editing, Filler Activities, Geography, Handwriting, Math, PE, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Speeches, Spelling, Writing
#86 Sub Plans
• Substitute, Tutor, Long-Term
• State Test
#94 Thank-You Cards
#97 Videos/ DVD
• Parent, Guest Speakers
#102 Yard Duty
• Spring Conference & Grade Update
• Back to School Night Classroom Policies
• Volunteer Interest
• Student Teaching Planning Template
• 32 Websites: Independent Learning Activities
• Classroom Speeches: What to Assign & How to Grade
• Trivia Calendar (PowerPoint)
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