A few weeks ago, when I mentioned that I would be working with a student teacher this year, I received a few emails asking questions about the things I do to welcome student teachers to my room. Here are the things that I did this time around...
1. I made sure that I have a special space for her and her things (a desk area).
2. I asked her to bring a notebook (journal) for us to use to communicate with each other. She can write down questions/comments/wishes in the notebook for me to read. I will write down questions/compliments/comments/feedback in the same book for her to read.
3. I also gave Megan a little welcome package. One of the things in the package was another journal. I wrote a note on the first page inside explaining that the purpose of the notebook was for me to glue or write important quotes/paragraphs/articles that I would like her to read during our time together. I remember that being a student teacher can be overwhelming. Rather than handing her 18 of my favorite professional books to read, I will pull certain parts of things that are specific to what we are working on together to share with her. If she is interested or inspired by something, she can always read more from that source.
|The journal that I will add "clippings" to during our time together.|
Since our open house is before school starts, Megan will have the opportunity to meet our students and their families before the first day of school. I know we are going to have a great experience together!
Megan and I worked super hard in the past two days and the room is lookin' good! I took a ton of pictures. I will share those over the next couple days.
Thanks for reading!