ERIC Number: EJ787770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 7
Guests in the Classroom: Top Ten Tips for Preservice Teachers
Ward, Martin J.; Wells, Tim J.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v40 n1 p42-44 Fall 2003
Preservice teachers generally are confident and enthusiastic about their abilities to teach effectively. These desirable qualities are based, for the most part, on the preservice teachers' previous experiences as students in the classroom, not as teachers. While the personal experience a preservice teacher brings to his or her teacher-preparation program represents an important foundation for professional growth, the role as an instructional leader in the classroom is one that must be learned. Learning to teach occurs in varied settings in most university teacher-education programs. The process of learning to teach in the classroom of another teacher typically produces excellent results. The dynamics of entering another teacher's classroom, however, requires sensitivity, patience, and flexibility in this mentoring relationship. Preservice teachers, as guests in the classroom of the cooperating teachers, are best received when they adhere to specific etiquette. In this article, the authors share tips for preservice teachers entering the classrooms of cooperating teachers. These tips are based on their experiences, observations, and feedback gained as university site professors through a partnership with a local high school.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Mentors, Learning Processes, Cooperating Teachers, Educational Experience, Teacher Role, Student Teaching, Teacher Behavior, Collegiality
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