Transitioning Between Being a
Trying to juggle life and student teaching can be tiresome and frustrating if you are not organized
- Try to take care of as many of your 'chores' or errands as you can prior to starting your clinical practice.
- Take care of car maintenance, inspections, tires, etc. to insure that you have a reliable means of transportation.
- Try to get all dentist and doctor appointments out of the way prior to student teaching.
- Take care of your TExES and PPR the semester prior to student teaching.
- Review your social media and make sure it is viewable by a 6th grader (this is the first place they will go to check you out).
- Take a look at your wardrobe and lean towards professional, modest, and conservative.
- Reach out to your cooperating teacher at the end of the semester prior to student teaching.
- Meet the staff.
- Get the band calendar.
- Discuss the expectations.
- Plan on being among the first to arrive at school each day
- Plan on being among the last to leave school each day.
- Plan to be teaching every period of the day; student teachers don't get conference periods.
- Class schedules move very fast with very little down time in between classes.
- You will most likely be involved in or observing sectionals before and after school each day.
- Your first obligation is to the students and directors where you are student teaching
- Your personal life must take a back seat for now, within reason
Being a Team Member
- If you want to be a part of a team, and you should, you need to behave as a professional
- Be proactive in classes
- Take an interest in the educational development of your students
- Learn all of your students names
- Make your strengths known to your team members as well as your deficiencies
- Make yourself indispensable
- Grow daily and especially work on those deficiencies
- Look like the teacher you are striving to become
- Most principals have a certain expectation as to professional attire
- No jeans, except on spirit days
- Clean shaven faces (or at least neatly trimmed facial hair)
- Clean hair and general hygiene
- Dress conservatively
- Sound like the educator you are striving to become
- You are no longer with your peers, so don't speak to students or cooperating teachers as one of your peers
- You are to set an example for the students you teach; and you do this with both actions and words
- When teaching, use the appropriate musical terms - speak the language of music when talking about music
- Under no circumstances should you use profanity or slang for profanity around your students