I remember, at different times in school, having a student teacher. Student teachers were always way cooler than any normal classroom teacher. They were typically young, and genuinely seemed to like being around me and my classmates. Some told us fun stories of college (no bedtimes! road trips!), others weren’t quite as chatty, but were still way cooler than any regular classroom teacher. They were student teachers after all!
Way back in 1995, and then again in 1996, I got to be a student teacher myself. It was overwhelming and awesome–and I was genuinely happy to be there ( donuts in the staff lounge! hugs all day long from happy kindergarteners! exciting lesson plans like making a puppet named ROY G. BIV*!)
This week it’s all come full-circle–for the first time I am the supervising teacher to a student teacher. And it is awesome. She’s cheerful and optimistic, and genuinely happy to be in my classroom, and I am happy to have her (coffee break for me! catching up on record keeping! good conversations and insights on particular kids!).
Three cheers for Student Teachers!
** ROY G. BIV was a puppet I used to teach the colors of the rainbow. Go ahead–give it a whirl in the comments and tell me what the letters stand for!