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Working with a student-teacher this fall?

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

You are in luck. Today I have Elizabeth Soslau, who co-wrote with Monique Alexander a book titled, The Comprehensive Guide to Working With Student Teachers: Tools and Templates to Support Reflective Professional Growth. It is so more than a book. It is a guide complete with templates, tools, and protocols! You will learn a lot from this impactful and empowering interview for student teachers, co-ops, and college supervisors. After Elizabeth shares her teaching story with us, we dive into the world of working with student teachers. We agree that working with student teachers is a great experience because of the passion and drive they have to impact students.

Tips for student teachers

  • Ensure you understand WHY you should mimic your co-op, not just what s/he/they do. Explore the invisible reasoning behind a teacher's use of a strategy, tool, or technique, and ask questions!

  • Take time to get to know the community you will be teaching in.

  • What resources are available to you?

  • You can go beyond textbooks! Choose strategies and resources that are appropriate for your learners.

  • The best teachers aren't born. They're trained.

  • Experience doesn't make you better! We've all had teachers who have been in the field for a while, so we know this myth isn't true. A systematic approach to reflection helps you become a better and more effective teacher.

  • Build relationships with your students by learning about them

  • Lesson planning resources based on culturally relevant pedagogies

Tips for teacher educators, co-ops, and supervisor

  • Analyze student work to determine if the class was successful

  • Observe and assess the success of the lesson through the work of the students

  • Make your student teacher feel welcome and part of the classroom community.

  • Ask questions and provide support to teacher candidates frequently and informally.

  • Discuss grading teacher candidates - scores are not grades—they are for learning and practice.

  • Co-ops let go - let the candidate find their voice, style, and strategy in the classroom.

Resources mentioned in the show.


  • Learning for justice -

  • Facing ourselves facing history -

Grab the student teacher digital binder here

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