Students and teachers are often characterized as the most transformative experience in teacher education. During student teaching, you will enact in the classroom the teaching theories, strategies, and standards you learned in your core courses.
Our world is operated by the use of technology to garner information. Effective teachers must make consistent and appropriate use of technology to support the educational goals they have for themselves and their students. Whether it is through the use of blogs to facilitate discussions or using a smart board to locate countries around the world, teachers and students benefit from the purposeful use of technology for educational objectives.
Effective teachers are life-long learners. They connect their day-to-day activities to coherent social, philosophical, and political frameworks. They research their own practice. They participate in the professional and academic activities of their academic and professional communities. Learning is best facilitated through well-structured activities that challenge learners intellectually, academically, and socially and bridge students’ learning to their real-world experiences.
Remember that teaching is collaborative and dynamic and everyone’s teaching can constantly be improved. Both your cooperating teacher and your coach can be excellent resources to help you improve your teaching and to ensure that your students are learning. The successes and struggles, highs and lows, are a common aspect of teacher development that many other teachers have experienced and continue to experience throughout their careers. The working of the teacher is hard to enact Temple’s Standards for Skillful Teaching however, you will not be alone.
At colleges and university, effective teachers ground learning in the thorough knowledge of subject matter and in the ways of knowing that characterize academic disciplines. Effective teachers connect subject matter and ways of knowing to students’ prior knowledge and provide meaningful opportunities for them to engage and construct new knowledge in the classroom.
The professional relationships develop your cooperating teachers and your university coach and the teaching experience reaction heavily on the success of the student. The cooperating teacher has expressed a willingness to share his or her professional experience and knowledge as well as a commitment to work with new teachers. The university coach has valuable experience as a teacher and often as an administrator.
Although your university coach is responsible for assessing your growth as a teacher his/her responsibility also involves coaching you in your development as a teacher and providing detailed, formative feedback about your teaching and planning.