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More tips for supervising teachers
Submitted by: Leanne, Secondary

Having just completed a practicum experience, I thought I might add a couple of tips: ** 1. If you're in a school were students need to trust teachers before they warm to teachers, tell the student teacher ** 2. If your class is very possessive of you, consider team teaching - this will make it a less traumatic experience for both the class and the student teacher ** 3. If your teaching style (particularly in behaviour management) is vastly different from your prac teachers, warn them that the students may react negatively to change and tell the student teacher what has been working well for you and the routines that you already have established in a class - particularly with difficult classes. Let the student teacher decide how they will handle the class ** 4. Remember that the student teacher is still a student, is nervous and is probably highly critical of themselves. Emphasise the positives of their teaching methodology and give gentle suggestions on how they can improve (don't tell them they're doing something wrong without having a suggestion for how it could be improved) ** 5. Allocate a few minutes in the morning each day for the student teacher to discuss lessons, contents and any other concerns.



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