Q:I'm going to be student teaching this fall and I'm so incredibly nervous. Any advice?
HAVE FUN WITH IT! Student teaching is a great opportunity and you have so many people in place to help you be successful! Even if you don’t agree with everything your mentor does (you never will), you learn things you like and don’t like. It gets frustrating sometimes because it is not YOUR room and you don’t know where everything is. Make sure if you’re having trouble, you talk to someone— your mentor, supervisor, professors, other student teachers. Know that student teaching is stressful! It’s ok if you feel overwhelmed, just make sure you have someone to talk to about it.
Ask tons of questions! Just become a sponge and soak up everything. I gained so many useful tips while student teaching. Realize that your teaching style is your own. While you will get tons of advice, also remember that you do not always have to agree with what someone tells you. Your mentor grades a certain way and you don’t agree with it? When you get your own classroom, you can do what you want and you’ll have a more concrete answer as to why you didn’t like that.
Really just talk to as many people as you can. Not just teachers in your grade or department. EVERYONE can give you useful tips. MAKE FRIENDS with the custodians and secretaries. They can help you out (and are SUPER NICE in my experience). E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. can teach you something.
And lastly, when you have your professional seminar class at your school, TAKE NOTES. I went to every meeting (even ones I was not required to attend) to see what other art student teachers were doing. I got so many great lesson ideas, and got more things to do or not do.