Volume 3, Number
1995 Indiana University - The Center for Adolescent
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.
- Be sure to smile.
- Write your name on the board. This helps the students remember your
name and gives them a chance to write it down.
- Pronounce your name
slowly and clearly. If your name is unusual or difficult to pronounce, you
may want to talk about the origin of your name.
- Talk about your
teaching experience or your motivation for becoming a teacher. Be
- Communicate your expectations. You are there to teach,
but you also are there to learn.
- Let your students know what you
expect of them. This can help motivate them to do good work.
a deep breath and go for it! You are about to embark on a wonderful
Here is one example of how to introduce
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
as a student teacher:
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
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Center for Adolescent Studies, all rights reserved.
Kris Bosworth - Director