Here are four sure-fire ways to set your student teacher up for success! These four topics include things such as e-learning, lesson planning, expectations and feedback.
1: Practice E-Learning -
Have your intern learn all of the technical resources including Canvas, Edsby and Clever. Especially now with teachers having to do a lot of e-learning, this would be valuable to incoming teachers. Don't be afraid of having intern teachers do everything in the class like taking attendance, seating charts and so on.
2: Lesson Plan! -
Help them learn how to make lessons and where to find resources to make their own lesson. A lot of times they have no idea where to even begin with lesson planning. Whatever you do don't make all of their lessons for them, you would be hindering them in the long run, not helping them.
3: Set The Expectations Early -
In the beginning of their internship make sure they know what is expected of them like taking attendance at the beginning of class, having lessons prepared ahead of time, grading done in a timely matter, going to all the faculty meetings and how to put in grades into Canvas/Edsby. If you do not feel comfortable with them doing something at least show them how to do it.
4: Be honest and up front-
For example, if they have their back turned to students a lot tell them why that might not be a good idea. You are the expert and they are there to learn as much from you as possible. If they do something wrong don't talk bad about them or not say anything at all to them, but instead kindly tell them or ask them what they could've done to do that lesson better.
Brittany Andrews | Agriculture Dept./FFA Advisor | Randall Middle School