TAEA TUESDAY- This is a feature I'm adding to my blog to address questions/concerns/situations from my TAEA Elementary Division Peeps! HOWEVER....EVERYONE CAN READ ON! It is just good teaching info funness(not a word..I know).
This is in regards to taking on Practicum & Student Teachers. In TN we have a TON of universities. There are many opportunities to mentor if you make the connections to do so.
I think most of us can say that "ON THE JOB TRAINING" has taught us a great deal! I know that even though my training at Bowling Green State University was AMAZING....there were still some holes in my knowledge base. Come on...we teach in a HUGE field. ART! How can you know it all...EVER?!?!? :) ha ha So my first year of teaching...I learned circle weaving. It was in the curriculum...and had to be taught. Lets just say...it was a rough go!!! However, over the years I've grown to love this project....and it is one of my favorite times of the year. So today...as I was talking to my practicum students from MTSU...they told me they had never done circle weaving before! Well...I didn't want them to have to learn the way I did...so during planning...I taught them a new skill!! If you take on practicum students or student teachers...try to find a media or project they may not know how to do & teach them!!! Think back to your first year or two...and pull from the many things you didn't know how to do!