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I am retired after 30+ years. My friends and I often say we had no clue what we were doing that first year. We made mistakes but learned from them. You will too!

My advice: give yourself time and be kind to yourself

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BeenThere32 04-23-2020 06:57 PM

Hi, I see this post is months old and don't know if you're still here reading. I hope you are now finished and everything worked out?

I read Haley23's response, and want to second everything she said. It's about finding the right fit.

I had the same problem. I'm also even keeled, and my student teaching university supervisor was a loud, controlling, frantic type. Her style was the opposite of how I am naturally, and she perceived my calm, quiet, but structured demeanor as a weakness. The good is, like Haley23, I've found a school where my supposed weaknesses are seen as positives.

My advice is to not let them tear you down. I don't understand why some people think telling someone they don't have confidence is okay. It's actually abusive, because it brings into question their sense of competence and does nothing to build the person up. I hope it all worked out and you've found a positive, better fit.

Haley23 10-18-2019 04:28 PM

I would continue working on what you are told to work on and yes, "fake it till you make it" is good advice. I would consider that you can find a school that is a good fit for you.

I am a very "even keel" person. Depending on the school culture, that is either a great positive or a big negative. On the negative side, yes this could be described as "unenthusiastic." In 2 of the 3 schools I've worked in, I've been consistently praised for being calm and structured and been rated "exemplary" for my classroom environment. My previous P at my current school even told me that my calm demeanor helped her personally on a daily basis.

In the other school I worked in, my P HATED my demeanor and used very negative words to describe me. That school was a dumpster fire for a lot of reasons that I won't go into, but I was happy to get out of it. It's just very interesting that the thing that has been perceived as a great strength in some schools was seen as a huge weakness in this one.

LaFish 10-18-2019 08:52 AM

I am retired after 30+ years. My friends and I often say we had no clue what we were doing that first year. We made mistakes but learned from them. You will too!

My advice: give yourself time and be kind to yourself

MrsPhysics 10-15-2019 12:57 PM

Just FYI - this particular board is not frequented by many people. Feel free to post on the Busy board to get more responses.

Very few teachers are already good when they are student teaching. Of course you are going to have low confidence! You havenít had much practice! It will come, if you stick with it and just keep trying to get better each day.

My may need to try faking it until you make it. You can trick yourself into enjoying your teaching more by acting high-energy, confident, and enthusiastic, even when you are none of those things. I actually feel that way when I teach now, but I didnít at first. Actually, I still have to use this when I go for interviews. I tell myself ďIím so excited!Ē a few times, out loud, and smack a big smile on my face. Believe it or not, it really works.

You really do have to be patient with yourself when you are student teaching. You will get there with practice.

luv_teaching1 10-10-2019 03:04 AM

I am currently in my second month of student teaching and I am having a terrible time. My cooperating teacher is great and she is very nice. But I am constantly told I am unconfident and not enthusiastic enough with the students. I know this is constructive criticism but I feel like at this moment I'm just not good enough to be a teacher. I am wishing at this point to have chosen a different career path. I may just do that after I graduate in December, because I can't see myself being a classroom teacher anymore. Any advice?

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