With the Fall Semester approaching, I am feeling nervous, excited, and anxious. I can't wait to start my classes, field placements, and become closer to achieving my degree. I recently have been in contact with my CT (Cooperating Teacher) that I will be working with for the fall semester as well as Student Teaching. It is always nerve-wracking meeting your CT and hoping you, and her/him click. I have been lucky enough to have AMAZING CT's through-out the years of schooling. Fingers crossed that this CT will be the same!
Some of my classmates have not been lucky as I am with having AMAZING CT's. Last semester didn't go as planned for one of my classmates. She experienced something that I hope no Student-Teacher will ever encounter during field placements. SIDE NOTE: CT's are asked to take one of us under their wing and teach us the ins and outs with teaching. Some will get paid, get hours towards their yearly ongoing training, and not to mention learning new skills by college students.
This CT had mentioned numerous times that this student was not fit to be a teacher. She also mentioned that she would NEVER put her son in her classroom. With that said, this student is in her SENIOR year of college. She came in one day during our college class and told us about the mean things this CT had told her. As a class, we built her up, told her how wonderful she is at teaching, and to stay STRONG. When a group of STUDENT TEACHERS get together and build each other up it is awe-inspiring, and incredible. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. If someone is going through a rough patch or even a fantastic experience with something, we recognize it, talk about it (as a class), and give each other a pat on the back.
If you are a TEACHER that has been asked to take one of us under your wing, you should take that as a compliment. You should remember you were once in our shoes. You should make us feel apart of your classroom! We want to be a ROLE MODEL for the little ones, and right now, you are our ROLE MODEL. Remember, we are looking up at you and taking notes on how to be a successful, encouraging, positive aspect, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR.
~FYI, the student that I have mentioned above, is Student Teaching during the upcoming Fall semester and became a stronger person by the difficulties she has encountered.