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    By Margaret Broome

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    I will be having my second student teacher this fall. Actually, this one was in my classroom as an intern this spring, and she will be returning to do her student teaching this fall.

    I have found that it works real well for me to include my student teachers in all my activities. This means that when a group of us get together to bowl, for instance, I ask her to join us. I give her every opportunity to get to know the other teachers, and vice versa. This way, she becomes more a part of things and becomes more comfortable. It helps me get to know her better and her to get to know me better, and we are then better able to communicate.

    I make sure to show her around the school, introducing her to all the "important" people and all the faculty and staff. I show her where materials are stored, what she is able to access, and what she will need for me or someone else to do for her.

    I also make sure as many parents as possible get to meet her. I will be writing about her in my parent letter at the beginning of this year as an introduction. This is something new for me, too, as my last student teacher came into the class a little later in the semester. But I would have written the parents about her at that time, anyway.

    I have REALLY enjoyed having student teachers. The hardest part for me has been relinquishing responsibilty for the class. There are some things I will not relinquish; for instance, writing instruction because this is critically important in my school. However, I will certainly include her in the instruction. And I will clear this with her advisor in advance.

    I hope you find it as much fun as I have. Good luck to you both.

    Margaret B.



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