I wish I'd taken notes, but sitting and listening to a debriefing with my student teacher after being observed by my principal was insightful. I'm going to try to recall important points that stuck out.
As much as my role as a school associate (SA) is to help model, train and evaluate my student teacher, I find that I'm actually being spurred, pushed and prodded into examining my own teaching practice because, in some ways, I am being observed as the role model. In light of that, I need to make certain that I practice what I preach; otherwise, all the seemingly wise and eloquent advice will fall on deaf ears. Also, is what I'm doing in class actually effective, or does it need fine-tuning, minor adjustments or possibly scrapping to the junkyard? Constant dialogue between myself and my student teacher should help uncover and unravel some of the wonders and mysteries of this amazing profession known as teaching.
I'll be having a student teacher for the first time in my career and I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be a beneficial experience for all parties involved: myself, the student teacher and, of course, my students. I'll keep you up-to-date with as much shareable information as possible.
Daniel H. Lee
This blog will be dedicated to sharing in three areas: happenings in my classroom and school; analysis and distillation of other educators' wealth of knowledge in various texts; insights from other disciplines and areas of expertise that relate and connect with educational practices.