Volume 3, Number 1
1995 Indiana University - The Center for Adolescent Studies

Introducing Yourself

The first contact a student teacher has with her/his students often makes a lasting impression and sets the tone for the entire experience. Here are some ideas on how to make that first impression a positive one.

Here is one example of how to introduce yourself
as a student teacher:

Hello, my name is Chris O'Conner. I am a student teacher. This means that I have finished all of my college classes and I am almost ready to become a full-time teacher. I am here so that I can practice what I've learned in my classes. I also want to learn from you about what works and what doesn't.

I am a senior at the university and I've been a counselor at camp Whattablast for the past three summers. Last year, I was a peer tutor in French and I occasionally give swimming lessons.

Because I will be trying some new approaches, I will rely on your feedback to let me how they are working. I want you to feel comfortable letting me know that "today's class was really fun," or " that group project was a waste of time." Preferably, you would let me know these things by writing a note or talking to me before or after class. Your comments can help guide our classroom activities.

Finally, I know that I will be spending a lot of time creating lesson plans, grading papers, and generally preparing for each day. I promise to put forth my best effort so that we can all get something out of this. In return, I expect that you will all show me an honest effort and that you will each try to do your best work. Also, I want to thank Ms. Rivera for allowing me to teach in her classroom. Does anyone have a question?

This document was last updated 5/29/97 by Chandra Hawley.
Copyright1996 Indiana University - Center for Adolescent Studies, all rights reserved.
Kris Bosworth - Director