THOUGHTS FOR PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS
1. Always make sure you write notes at the end of each day, that reflect on the things you have done well and on things you might do differently and better with or during your next lessons. It is important to make note of your successes as well as noting the things offering challenge. This ‘reflective journal ‘ is ever so important and can be easily overlooked. My suggestion would be that you write it with reference to your plans and notes used during the day, that you write conversationally and that you use it as a way of noting things you recall.
2. Teachers are directors, the classroom a stage and students the actors in a play that is pointing them from today toward the present. Each scene offers them ongoing development and confidence building.
3. If a preservice teacher, never feel undervalued. Know that older colleagues appreciate the qualities you bring to schools. Know you are regarded as staff members while in your practice schools.
4. SEPARATION of work and home is something we need to consider. There is a time for work, a time for family and a time for recreation. Wo ought avoid polluting time with family by work overlays.
5. The role set of educators is like an ICEBERG. Observers are aware of the one tenth of our duties ‘above’ the water, but unaware of the nine tenths hidden from their immediate view.
6. Educators are people whose teaching and leadership has a life lasting impact upon students. What we do should come from the heart. Educators make a powerful and hopefully positive impact on students.
7. Setting SCHOOL PRIORITIES is important. Genuine education is about preparing children and students for the whole of life. This preparation is about far more than academics and test results alone.
8. Train to be a teacher because you WANT TO be a teacher, not because you HAVE TO be a teacher. Entrance requirements for teacher training should be top of the pile not bottom of the barrel.
9. Pre-service teachers should listen to and synthesise advice. They should read widely and shared with colleagues. But they should NEVER try and copy others. Each teacher is unique and individual.
10. When counselling, correcting or advising students, be EMPATHETIC. In your mind’s eye, put yourself into their place. Think how it would feel to be on the receiving end of what you are about to say.
11. When in classrooms as preservice teachers, SEEK FEEDBACK from mentors on things you are doing well and on what might be done differently and better. Take initiative and initiate these conversations.
12. With assignments and practice preparation, work steadily toward completion and readiness. USE TIME WISELY. Take breaks, relax your mind, then come back to tasks. RECORD work to do and list tasks done.
13. SOCRATIC DISCUSSION is a method of in conversation with students, where you and they engage in quality discourse. It is superior as a way of developing shared learning and empathetic understanding.
“Great tool to use when intending for the students to take ownership in the learning. Students really carry the load in making meaning, stating and defending ideas, and synthesizing learning. Even better, the students really enjoy the fact that there is not a single right answer, but they must state and defend their ideas. The fact that text is usually utilized in a seminar increases rigor because the students identify and expand upon key ideas, not simply record and regurgitate what the teacher believes to be important.”
By David Zilli
“Of course the teacher must be good at asking relevant questions with well focused objectives. He/She must be able to organize students response logically and probe students answers to make them more specific. Furthermore, if an answer or response is irrelevant the teacher response must be making the responder to think about his/her response. Last but not the least the logical sequence of From easier to difficult, from known to unknown and from concrete to abstract be followed.”
By Mohammad Faiq
14. Regardless of your position, SEEK FEEDBACK from a critical friend or colleague on thing you do well and elements of your performance needing attention and improvement. Be open to advice – it helps.
15. BRIEF DAILY SUMMARIES can be useful. Summary might include: *Activity/project; * How did I feel (+’s and -‘s); *What did I learn; * Implications for study/ work (tasks), people (relations) and self.