I'm a REAL Teacher
One of the main issues encountered by many teacher candidates, including myself, is developing a level of authority with the students in their practicum classroom. The students know that they have a primary teacher, and most students will view teacher candidates as exactly that; an “extra” teacher, a “student teacher”. I personally struggled with this issue, as I wanted to be viewed as a teacher, and have the students see me as teacher number two, not the “extra teacher who is actually still in school, which makes her a student, so she’s not really a teacher yet.” I am still learning how to accomplish this, but have come up with a few tips on how to achieve this teacher status.
Being a Teacher Candidate can be hard. You may not feel like you’ve found your place in the teaching world, or maybe you just can’t wait to graduate to feel like you can really express your teaching capabilities. Change your view on this; look at it as a learning experience that will benefit you in the future.
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