101 Things I Learned from Student Teaching, Part II

Every time I step away from computer, I think of another thing to add to this list!  In case you missed Part I, I’m doing a 4-part series on all of the little things I learned from student teaching.  AND VOILA!  Part II, ladies and gents.

27. Document (almost) everything. Seriously.

28. Learn as much as you can about each student.  The more you know, the more you can do.

29. Going to your university classes after school will be frustrating.  Use this time to ask your professor(s) about any questions you have – this is the time.

30. You will find that you have several students you can trust more so than the other students.  This is great, but don’t forget – they are children too.

31. Going to bed by 9:30 has its merits.

32. Get to school at least 25 minutes before the kids do.

33. Pack a good lunch – with fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  Sounds boring, but a microwave dish is just going to make you feel like trash later in the day.

34. Shower when you get home from school.  Kids disregard most personal hygiene requirements, especially when their parents are not around.  Yikes!

35. Parents can be really helpful if you reach out to them.

36. For every one negative comment, make five positive comments.

37. Try not to be a judge Judy – of other teachers, parents, or students.  Most people are trying their best.

38. Sharing good literature with students is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.

39. It IS possible to make 500 photocopies, go to the bathroom, check your email, and get a drink from the vending machine in one planning period.  It just takes some blood, sweat, and tears.

40. Speaking of photocopies, learn the least busy times for the copy rooms.  It sucks waiting for a machine, especially when you only have one set of copies.

41. If the person behind you has one set to copy, let them go ahead of you.  The gift of time, people, the gift of time.

42. Your friends will start to think you’ve gone insane.  You may very well have.  Shhh.

43. Teachers are THE world’s greatest multi-taskers.

44. You will connect with some students much more than others.  This doesn’t mean you have favorites – this means you are human.  As long as you treat each student equitably, this is a non-issue.

45. About said non-issue: you might not want to openly discuss this.

46. Avoid talking about specific students outside of school.  I know that sometimes you just want to vent, but never mention names (especially last names).  This is not only a moral issue, but a legal issue as well.

47. The maintenance workers are custodians, not janitors.

48. Always say “hello” to said custodians.

49. Kids will totally call you out for outfit repeating.

50. Don’t do work on Friday afternoon/night.  You have to get your head away from it for at least a night.

Part III is coming Thursday!  Any other former or current student teachers have something to add?  I’d love to hear it 🙂

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