Tips for Student Teachers

Are you so excited to be FINALLY student teaching?! It seriously is on of the most important first steps in your career of becoming future teacher!  I want to share tips with you on how to have a successful experience student teaching! 

TIP 1

My main piece of advice would be to enter that Master Teacher's classroom as if it is one GIANT interview.  The entire time you are there, consider it a couple month process of you possibly getting a job at that school. 
-be on time
-dress professionally
-keep phone hidden and away

TIP 2

Be a sponge.  It is exciting when you first enter a classroom and you might want to hit the ground running, but be considerate of that fact that you are entering someone else's classroom, so make sure you are respectful that they are your mentor and you are the student.  Even if you don't agree with their teaching philosophy or management style, remember how you handle that and present your self is important because this is an interview. 

TIP 3

Say YES to everything! Go to staff meetings, extra planning days, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, each lunch with the staff, DO ALL THE THINGS!  This is a great way to show that you are a team player and to get the most out of your experience.

TIP 4

Stay as organized as you can! In my video below I give examples of how to stay organized, but if possible plan when and what subject you will takeover first.

TIP 5

Communicate with your Master Teacher! If you are struggling let them know, and ask for help!  Ask as many questions as you can! It is difficult starting fresh in a new class/school, so it might seem like learning a foreign language.  This is ok, but don't suffer silently.  Tell your Master teacher how you are feeling and let them know how they can support you.

TIP 6

Follow the classroom management plan that is already in place.  It might be difficult to find your spot on the classroom as far as authority and discipline goes, and that is totally normal.  My advice would be focus on knowing the students, building relationships with them, so they know you care about them.  This way when you need to redirect their behavior they will trust you and *hopefully* obey.  I would continue the classroom management plan your Master Teacher is already using, and then sprinkle in some positive reinforcement/reward system once you have been in the class for a couple of weeks.  Ask your Master Teacher what the behavior expectations are and how the consequences work for different defiant behaviors.

For the rest of my tips... I have a YouTube video waiting for you sharing all my advice that I would give to any student teacher!  Click the video below to watch it!





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Teacher Style with Stitch Fix

Hello all my stylish teacher friends! Today I am partnering with Stitch Fix and We Are Teachers to review my experience shopping with Stitch Fix!


Before we get started I want to give you a brief overview on Stitch Fix.

WHAT IS STITCH FIX

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, for you and your family. Fill out your Style Profile and a Personal Stylist will handpick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them right to your door. Each box contains a curated selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Simply keep the items you  love and send back the rest in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are always free—even for exchanges! Stitch Fix is a great option for teachers because you can have a box full of personalized clothes come to your doorstep and you don't have to spend hours wandering the mall, it's the perfect option for people that want to enhance their wardrobe but are limited on time.

MY BOX

First thing I did was go online and I completed my shopping profile which allows my Personal Stylist to get to know me and my unique style!  Then I picked a date I'd like to receive my shipment.  One thing to note is at the time your Stylist selects your items, you’ll be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment!
I waited about a week until my personalized Stitch Fix box arrived at my doorstep!  The fun began when I opened the box and was able to try on all of the clothes picked out just for me!

The box comes with a full set of directions on what to do.  First you get to try on all of the clothes in the box and you have 3 days to decide what you want to keep and return.  It comes with a full pricing list, so you know what items are in your box and how much each piece costs.


TRY ON

Five different pieces came in my box for me to try on!  I received one pair of cropped jeans, 3 tops, and 1 sweater.  I need to give a major shout out to Stitch Fix because I have tried different companies like this before and I have struggled with getting the correct size... you guys EVERYTHING WAS THE CORRECT SIZE! Stitch Fix was really detailed in asking about measurement and styling preferences, they did a wonderful job taking all of my requests into consideration!


I paired the blue and white plaid shirt and the jeans they sent for a casual, relaxed look.  For some reasons I can't resist a soft plaid shirt!  The jeans are cropped and high waisted (what I asked for) and fit like a glove!


I was excited to try this soft three quarter length shirt because I have seen this "string cross" style neckline all over and haven't had a chance to try it on!  The shirt is SUPER soft and is really flattering.  Another thing I asked was for the clothes not to hug me, vs more of a loose fit!


I am glad Stitch Fix added this navy skippered sweater because it is something I wouldn't have picked out for myself.  The zipper is diagonal and gives it a little more style vs. a regular sip up.



The grand finale goes to this show stopper red tank top with the flowy sleeves! I mean.... COME ON!  I love that you can have short sleeves but is is super classy to wear to work too!!


If you are interested in trying out Stitch Fix for the first time, you can use my personalized STITCH FIX LINK to have your first time styling fee of $20 waved!  



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