When the Student Becomes the Teacher
Kelsey Ried, Staff Writer
Oct. 14, 2013
Taking on new role requires adjustment
As an education major at Lubbock Christian University, you spend the first three or so years of your college career being a student. You take numerous classes on how to teach kids of certain ages and abilities. Sometimes in class you listen to lectures, other times you participate in games and test out lesson plans on each other. Then, reality sets in. You must now take everything you've learned and apply it to real, living, breathing children. You are no longer just a student, you are a Student Teacher. This is where I am.
When the fall semester started I was terrified. I'm responsible for someone's learning? They're seriously going to leave ME in charge? I didn't feel like I could live up to the expectations set out for me. I'm still a student myself and I have to teach at the same time? Crazy talk. But, I came in and tried my best. Our (LCU) professors had much more faith in us than we had in ourselves because they knew we were ready. Here we are, half way through the semester, and they were right. Every student teacher I've talked to has enjoyed teaching despite the long hours and expected stress. It turns out that we were all much more prepared and equipped with different tools than we realized and it's all thanks to the School of Education program at LCU.
Here's some advice for those who will be student teaching in the future:
#1 - "Fake it 'til you make it." The more confidence you seem to have, the more respect and cooperation you will receive from your students. You may be scared to death the first couple of days but hold your head up and pretend you have everything under control and after no time you really will.
#2 - Sleep. Sleep is your best friend. It makes it very difficult to give 100 percent to your students if you don't get enough rest.
#3 - Build relationships with your students. Get to know your kids. They are more likely to do their best work when they know you are there for them and the environment in the classroom will be great.
#4 - Treat yourself. Student teaching is hard. You will spend so much time and energy planning and preparing and having a heart for your students but you can't forget about yourself. Make time to relax, watch a movie, go for a walk, anything that will give your body and brain a break.