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How can I use positive language to point out to my student teacher that he is not accepting suggestions in a professional manner? This young man believes he has mastered all he needs to know, but he still has some work to do in adding critical thinking to his lessons and incorporating technology. Otherwise, he has a great deal of potential and could be a leader in an elementary classroom. Many students look up to him. I find I am beginning to loose patience with his poor attitude about needing to make some adjustments within his lessons. Suggestions?

Mar 13, 2015 6:20pm

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    • Mar 15, 2015 8:36pm

      What about using some kind of rubric to assess him/provide feedback after teaching a lesson? As his master teacher, are you providing feedback to his university supervisor? If so, this could be a good conversation to have with your student teacher and his supervisor.

      • Apr 7, 2015 5:17am

        I am a first year teacher and receiving suggestions was something that really aided me in my understanding of curriculum and objective thinking. "Begin with the end in mind" sort of stuff (for lack of a better term). Anyway, one of the things that was the hardest to take for me was criticism among my mentor's co-workers. For some reason I felt less like I wanted to listen to them and more attached to what she said for fear of my grade.
        I like what Lauren Collins said because it treats him like the student-- which he still is technically. The one thing I loved about internship was the observation and seminar times. I got to be the student which I had done A LOT longer than I had been a teacher. I suppose appeal to that side.
        Perhaps you could say that in order for YOU to keep track of his progress-- you need him to be the student for a second.