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Old 02-23-2018, 05:33 PM
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I'm currently a student teacher, and I just got my midterms evaluation, so I might be able to help give perspective. Student teaching is hard. A lot of us assumed that we would just take to it like a fish to water. We love kids, and up until student teaching, a lot of our experience was in controlled environments where we excelled because it was simple.

Personally, when that happened to me (or is currently happening) my first thought process was that I wasn't a natural, and therefore couldn't be a good teacher. A lot of the time, teaching is a profession that is seen as a profession where you can either do it, or you can't. This attitude is very demoralizing to student teachers, who are just barely getting their feet wet into the world of teaching.

I would reassure your student teacher that teaching isn't something that can't be improved or learned through practice. I try to remind myself when my day doesn't go too well that I'm learning. My classroom management isn't the best. It can only improve after practice and experience though.

Basically, my advice is to tell the student teacher that an improvement plan is just that, a plan to help you improve. It's not a sign that you can't get better, nor is it a sign that they aren't designated to be a teacher. teaching is something that takes time to get a handle on. For some people that takes a few months.
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