Category Archives: Pre-Service Teachers

Morning Greetings: Meet and Greet Students At The Door

A free and easy way to start building relationships with students is by meeting and greeting them at the classroom door every morning. Head Start has foverever had this as a policy so they can do head checks (for lice), health checks and check in with the student emotionally before school starts. Here are some reasons every teacher should meet and greet students every morning: Continue reading

Three Things To Start Trying Right Now In Student Teaching To Help With Behavior Management

Class rules boardmaker

  • Use your voice as a tool: One of the best tools we have as a teacher is our voice. Ensure that all students can hear you by projecting your voice. You can make your voice louder or softer as needed. Work on developing a “stern” teacher voice to use when you need it but don’t overuse it. If you use a soft spoken or quit voice while teaching, students may talk over you and start to take over the lesson. Practice using your voice as tool in your car on the way to school, at home, and during lessons to see the impact it has on your teaching.


  • Pre-teach behavioral expectations BEFORE starting the lesson: Be pro-active rather than reactive. Spend a few moments before teaching your lessons being explicit about your behavioral expectations. What do students’ bodies, voices, eyes need to be doing during the lesson? Be specific: “Eyes on me, hands in your lap, bottoms on the floor.” Use the same language as your motor teacher so students hear the consistency.


  • Notice or “catch” students who are following through on the behavioral expectations: During the lesson make sure to “catch” or notice the students who are following the behavioral expectations you explained at the start of the lesson. This can be as simple as saying “I notice Johnny has his hands in his lap, thank you Johnny.” Follow through on the same language your mentor teacher uses to praise student behavior for consistency. Do you have a classroom-wide behavior incentive in your classroom? If so, follow through and use the plan through the lesson.











Dispositions: Responding To Feedback

Dispositions: “Consistently listens attentively and receptively to feedback and is process/solution oriented. Responds to feedback by implementing suggested changes. Seeks ongoing feedback. “

INTASC: 9 & 10

Being open to feedback from your collaborating teacher (CT) is one of most important disposition to develop as a student teacher. Every student teacher regardless of their background in education has the chance to be a good listener and implement suggestions in the classroom. Student teaching is a great time to try out ideas, and new teaching strategies in a safe environment. Here are some ideas to cultivate this disposition: Continue reading

Goodness of Fit-Teaching

“The match between a teacher candidate’s personal attributes, values, and dispositions and the demands of teaching.”

-Dr. Koch


Many of us remember when we were children and played school with our siblings and friends.  We imitated our teachers and early classroom experiences hopeful that one day we could be the teacher standing in front of the class. Others don’t know until much later that their personality, interests and passions line up well with the profession of teaching. Regardless of the starting point, let’s look at what makes a person destined to become a teacher? When we talk about “goodness of fit” what qualities do we possess that match the demands of teaching?


At my kindergarten parent teacher conference, my teacher told my mother that I have been a good “teacher” to my twin brother who needed extra support at a young age Continue reading

Professionalism in Teaching: Cell Phone Use

As a teacher, one of my biggest pet peeves is when my staff would text on their cell phones while the students were present. I was perpetually the “bad guy” asking them to please not text while the students were present. The time the students are with us remains, and will always be, the students’ time and never our personal time. Many of our students come to us with so much need, requiring all of our attention and focus; maintaining a safe classroom, facilitating play, working on their IEP goals and objectives and teaching them. There is simply no time for texting during the school day. There are some schools that have a no-cell phone policy for staff such as Head Start classrooms. The staff’s cell phone must be put away during the school day and if they are seen using the cell phone, disciplinary action may be taken. Besides not texting here are some guidelines pertaining to cell phone use by teachers and staff in schools: Continue reading