For anyone who is student teaching this coming Fall (or soon)

This time last year I was prepping to begin my student teaching for 14 long weeks and along the way & after finishing I learned somethings that may be helpful to anyone who needs the advice. I taught high school students so some points may be more useful to those who are working with that age group.

  • You are not expected to be perfect, but you are expected to try your best
  • Take challenges, in whatever form they come, as opportunities to grow
  • You are teaching students so that they may learn, but you are also learning from them along the way
  • Build a relationship with your students. They may be stand offish at first, it will take some time but show them that you care. Developing great rapport with them really helps, it did for me
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your cooperating teacher for help, that’s what they are there for
  • Ask for feedback, good and bad. I enjoyed hearing the good stuff, but I wanted to be hit with constructive criticism and asked for it so I knew what to work on
  • Keep a journal - whether it’s mandatory or just for yourself. Just to reflect back on. I kept one of my own and even made some posts on my Tumblr to share
  • Don’t wait to jump into getting in front of the class to teach, if you could and are allowed to dive in from day 1 - do it
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself - kids can tell when you’re faking it and when you’re being real
  • Save everything and anything you could - you will NEED it when putting together your teaching portfolio later on
  • When having meetings with your cooperating teacher take notes on what they suggest, what they say, what they think is best to do and not do - you can use them to reflect back on later
  • Don’t be afraid to make suggestions to your cooperating teachers as well - you can have ideas that they may love more than their own
  • Don’t be afraid to joke around, within respectful bounds of course, while teaching - we all need a good laugh at times (I got PLENTY during my student teaching)
  • Have fun with it! I sang, danced, rapped, laughed, cried, did cat walks down the hall with my kids and cooperating teacher
  • Give your students positive feedback, give them compliments when they do great work, remind them of their potential (some of them don’t have people in their lives to remind them of how much amazing potential they have)
  • If you have a supervisor who comes in to watch your lesson plans - ask for feedback, ask questions, communicate with them in person and via email
  • Get enough sleep - for your sake. I made the mistake of running on 3-4 hours of sleep a night and by the end I was burnt out
  • Take a break when needed - you are a human being, not the energizer bunny
  • Take pictures of their work, your work, of your students with you - keep them for yourself, for your teaching portfolio, for your own memories
  • Build a relationship with staff/principal/your coop teacher during meetings, get to know them, ask questions, ask for suggestions - one of them could possibly remember you later on if an opportunity arises (I have seen it happen, it happened to me months after)
  • At the end of your student teaching, do ask your cooperating teacher/supervisor if they would be willing to write letters of recommendations if needed
  • Thank your cooperating teacher(s)/supervisor(s) for all their help (even if you received none, I had friends who didn’t), show them you appreciate what they have done

And last but not least, the biggest yet best mistake I made - try your best not to get attached to your students. You will have to part at some point and detachment will hurt. I found myself standing in front of my kids by the end of my student teaching all teary eyed because it had to come to an end. It also didn’t help that some were crying themselves because we all became like a family.

Your experience is what you make of it, it can either be the best thing of your life or an experience you want to forget. Whichever it ends up being, at least leave having grown as a person and an educator in someway.

I wish you all the best of luck and may your semester be filled with success, health, happiness, students who are inspired by you and may it leave you with more reasons to pursue your goals of becoming educators. :)

Tumblr Student Teacher Roll Call!

Fill out this form if you’ll be student teaching during the 2014 - 2015 school year. Reblog when you’re done!

Click here to find other student teachers.

Please add yourself to build our community! I completed my student teaching last year and before I started, I followed a bunch of others who were starting the same journey I was. Having that support in my dash was surprisingly helpful. I suggest all student teachers fill out the form so they can find other STs on tumblr to follow, and can be found themselves. 

If you’re done ST, please help spread the word by reblogging this post! I know many aspiring educators follow those in #education. 

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anonymous asked:

hey, do you know any of student/ teacher or something along the line? thanks! :)

YESSS!!! I’ve got a special love for this category, so extra thanks for this ask! :D

Teacher Louis

All you can eat.  (vampire Louis and so much pining and teasing and sex)

don’t even need to touch me, baby, just breathe on me.

What’s Said And Done

a lion in his heart, a beast in his belly (mpreg, omega Louis, and yes, he’s the teacher)

Just Like That Book By Nabokov

No Control

Teacher Harry

Anything Else Daddy?

Innocent Sin

Feel The Heat Upon My Skin (a/b/o)

Bring Your Body, Baby


The culmination of our unit on the moon - the Oreo lunar cycle! I’d seen a lot of different ways to do this on Pinterest and was able to adapt what I found to my class and their needs. Students were given four Oreos and a plastic spoon to create their phases and place them on the worksheet. They had to get their display approved before they could eat the cookies, which gave them a little extra incentive to do their best.

Worksheet is from here!

Some people think that because I’m both a fat acceptance activist AND a school teacher, it means that I don’t want any p.e. in my classroom. Of course, this is totally false. Being a fat acceptance activist and a school teacher means that while I’m encouraging my students to run their fastest mile, I do not tolerate students bullying others for barely being able to run a lap; it means that while I’m leading students in doing jumping jacks, I won’t put up with students mocking others for not being able to keep up or for having their fat jiggle. Being both a fat acceptance activist and a school teacher means that while I encourage and support physical activity in students, I do not do so at the expense of other students. 

Lesson Observations:

One of the things I struggle the most with on student-teaching placement’s is observing new teachers. So, I thought I’d combine things that I have done on previous placements, and articles/tips I have read.

Why observe lessons?

  • Let’s face it, many of the best ideas are stolen! If you observe an array of different teachers, then you’ll be able to come up with good ideas that will influence your practise, you’ll also be able to see those ideas that you know, would not work for you!
  • You will become more aware and able to critically evaluate teaching as a whole and be able to answer one of the most important questions: To what extent does this (this practise) allow for optimum learning of the pupils?
  • It will help you get into practise for a necessary part of teaching – assessing your colleagues!

Tips and what you need to know for observation:

  • Always keep your notes from the observation respectful and concise – the teacher your observing might ask for a copy of them!
  • Make sure you focus on more than just how the teacher handles behaviour  (I must say this is still a temptation for me) Focus on things, such as the plan and content, the use of resources and particularly the learning outcomes, success criteria and how they are shared.
  • Don’t always observe experienced and successful teachers. You’ll learn a great deal from watching other trainees, new teachers, assistants and supply teachers
  • Be helpful and ask questions, even if they seem trivial.
  • When approaching teachers to observe, offer your assistance as a support teacher.
  • Try and have a focus for your observation – perhaps something that you have been struggling with in your own classroom?

Key Questions you may ask in a classroom observation:


  • What way do the pupils enter the room? Does the teacher greet them?
  • How does the lesson start? What are the first instructions the teacher gives? How do the pupils respond?
  • How long does it take them to get into their seat and ready to work?
  • How are the learning intentions/success critera shared?

 Curricular links:

  • Is there a clear purpose to the lesson?
  • How does the lesson link in with the rest of the curriculum? Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing?
  • Is there opportunity for cross-curricular links?

 Classroom ownership/management:

  • What is the body language of the teacher like? Their classroom presence? Open and inviting? Hard and sinister?
  • How does the teacher move around the room? Do they have a clear ownership of the space?
  • How are other professionals used in the room? – Teaching assistants etc
  • Is there a seating plan? How often does the teacher use names?
  •  How does the teacher get the attention of the whole class? Raising hand up in the air? Shouting for silence?
  • How is the management of resources? Are they appropriate? Do pupils have what they need to succeed?
  • How does the teacher manage misbehaviour? Is there an appropriate use of sanctions and rewards? What are examples of these?


  • Use of Chalkboard/Overhead Projector: Legible? Visible? Make sense? What might have been done differently?
  • Handouts, Test, etc. How helpful are they? How do they contribute to learning? Legible? Understandable?
  • Use of the Textbook: Does it “dominate” what happens in class? How is it used? For what purposes? How often? How helpful is it? Do students appear to like it? Does the teacher share strategies for success with students? 

The lesson itself:

  •  Questioning skills (open, closed, focussed, directed, use of Bloom’s taxonomy?)
  • Are there an array of activities? Individual? Group?
  • How is the pace of the lesson? Do the times for each task in the lesson seem reasonable?
  • Does the teacher check for understanding? How do they do it? How frequently?
  • Does the teacher provide immediate feedback to pupils? How do they do it?
  • How much teacher talk is there? Are tasks explained well?

The pupils:

  • How do the students interact within the lesson? How much of their time is spent on task?
  • Do pupils clearly understand what is expected of them?
  • Clear friendship groups within the classroom?


  • How does the teacher check for understanding at the end?
  • How does the lesson close? How do the pupils leave the classroom?

Of course, this list is not exhaustive. If you have anything else to add, or want to question anyting - let me know and I’ll give it an edit!

I start my classroom observing tomorrow! For 3 days!

#education Mentoring Program

Teachers: Are you interested in being a mentor to a student teacher on tumblr? 

Student teachers: Want a mentor to reach out to during your ST experience? (Also open to first year teachers now!)

I reached out to several of the STs to fill out the ST roll call, posted here. There seems to be sufficient interest from STs for starting a little tumblr mentoring program. STs would be paired with tumblr educators who wish to mentor. The pairing would be done to get a close match based on subject area/grade level.

Mentors would be responsible for offering support (resources, teaching ideas, advice, emotional support) during the STs field placement experience(s). The ST would be able to use their mentor as a ‘go-to’ person to reach out to when they need help.

Mentors and STs would be encouraged to share their resources and experiences with the rest of the #education community. A weekly post of a helpful tip, words of encouragement, or an update on the relationship would help spread the positive vibes in our community and enhance the ST experience. 

Interested? Send me a message. Be sure to tell me your subject area/grade level expertise if you are a current teacher, and if you are a ST, tell me what your preference is in a mentor subject/grade level wise.

This won’t be perfect - there might not be a pair for everyone (too many mentors, perhaps) but with the responses I got I know there are STs out there who are very excited about this idea!

Any questions?

Ten Commandments of Teaching

Thou shalt…

1. Always smile, always be yourself. Children can smell a fake from miles away.

2. Always be honest - don’t be afraid to tell pupils when they have overstepped their boundaries. If they have angered/upset you, let them know, be honest.

3. Realise that some pupils will slip through the net, and that’s okay. You can prepare pupils for their exams, you cannot sit the exam for them.

4. Be relentless - if pupils have slipped up and have to face the consequences of their actions, do not be afraid to pursue them. Make sure they do that written exercise, that detention. Its in their best interest, and yours.

5. Always take an interest, take the time to get to know your pupils and what makes them tick. A few weeks learning names and interests, and their yours for the year.

6. Be enthusiastic about your subject - why are you teaching? what does your subject bring to the table? What skills can pupils obtain from you? How does this benefit them?

7. Make lessons relevant - if you don’t know why you’re teaching it, they won’t understand why they have to learn it. 

8. Make no empty threats. Mean what you say and say what you mean

9. Not re-invent the wheel - there are hundreds of free and good resources out there. See what is out there first, and use it to complement your lessons, giving credit where it is due.

10. Remember to mark jotters and provide individual feedback. When exams and planning become a reality, this can be hard. Take an interest in your pupils, want them to succeed. Tell them this in written form in response to their contributions. 

I’ve long held that teachers are some of the most notorious and good-natured thieves on this planet. We’ll beg, borrow and steal anyone’s ideas if they’re good and will help kids… and to balance that out, most teachers are endlessly supportive of their colleagues “stealing” their ideas. I’ve farmed out most of my lesson plans three times over to new teachers to my school.