(Closed) Any advice on student teaching?

posted 10 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve had roommates who are education majors doing their student teaching rotations and that took up a big amount of time for them.  A huge amount, so much so it was difficult to hold a job and actually discouraged (although one of my friends worked sort of illicitly b/c he absolutely needed to). 

Post # 4
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

My college roommate is a teacher and there is no way she could have held a job while student teaching.  You’ll need to be in class all day, and then do grading and reports in the evenings.  You could probably work on the weekends at another job if you needed to, but you’d be exhausted during the week. 

Your best bet is to save as you’ve been doing and just live off that while student teaching.  Good luck!!!

Post # 5
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My future sister-in-law is student teaching next year. Her college not only discourages, but they flate out won’t even allow students have another job while they student teach.

Post # 6
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just finished my student teaching and I know that there is no way I could have held a job while doing it. It IS a job (that doesn’t pay), and a very demanding job at that. Not only are you teaching all day, but you spend hours planning lessons at night. It’s not like being a more experienced teacher, where you can wing things if you need to. You need everything prepared and on paper.

I did have friends that had jobs, but they found it incredibly tiring and were exhausted all of the time. I don’t know how they did it.

Post # 7
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I’ll be student teaching the the fall, and judging by past experience and what professors have told me, it’s absolutely not a good idea to have a job while student teaching. It sucks, because we all need a way to earn money, but student teaching is essentially a full time job that you don’t get payed for. 

I’m sure it’s possible to have a job while student teaching, but I know that for me personally, I look at student teaching as a way to make connections and network with other teachers and administrators, and it could be a great way to find a job in the future – so I want to do the best that I possibly can, and I think if I had a job it would interfere with that.

Post # 8
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow, I am glad that you are allow to work will you are on your practicum in Canada and you are teaching along side an experienced teacher (depending on which university you are at) and depending where you are you’ll get a stipend. I couldn’t imagine because teaching is a full job and depending on what you teach often times it goes on after the bell rings at the end of the day, like extra curricular activities. And marking. I couldn’t imagine.

Post # 9
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I did my student teaching two years ago and I didn’t work for those couple of months. I saved every dime leading up to it and I’m glad I did. Like those before me have said, student teaching absolutely is a job but without the pay. My best friend and I did student teaching together and she would take a couple of babysitting jobs here and there to make a few extra dollars but even that was a bit much at times. Good luck!

Post # 10
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Don’t do it! I did it 2 years ago, it was the worst 6 months of my life. Now, teaching, I look back and think, “What was I thinking to do that?” So, please don’t do it!

Post # 11
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have nooo plans to work if I student teach. For our school it is being in the classroom like a full time teacher, except on Fridays you have to be in a lecture pretty much all day. Then you are still responsible for making all of the lesson plans and all of that, so I don’t know how it would be possible to work lol

Post # 12
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When I student taught, I was up working till at least 11 every night and then I had to be up at 5 the next morning since my school was an hour away and my co-op was a stickler for being at the school by 7.  It was the worst semester of my life.  Not only do you have all the normal work that a teacher has (lesson plans, grading, etc.) but you have a ridiculous amount of extra work for your college program.  Plus, if you get a bad assignment like mine, you can end up doing everything twice- once for the school itself which required lesson plans in a certain format, and again for the college which required them in another format.  That semester was  the reason I decided not to become a teacher and go to grad school instead.

I really hope you will get a better assignment than mine, but even my friends who had easier assignments still had almost no free time 🙁

Post # 13
27 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m happy to see some future teacher on here, I love it!!!  Im student teaching next semester 3rd grade and Im planning on working because Im not married yet and need my health insurance.  Everyone has told me that its a bad idea, but I feel like i have no choice at this point, and to make matters worse  I will be taking an undergrad course as well as one graduate level course in addition to students teaching.

   I pray that things work out,  I’ve worked full time throughout college even during my practicum, and I’m hoping to do the same thing.  If I had the choice wouldn’t work though.  So if you have a choice I would say that you should not work.

Post # 14
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wouldn’t take a job while student teaching.  I was too busy completing things for the classroom, getting university work done, and preparing and going to job interviews.  You’ll be really busy during the months you student teach.  I am someone who enjoys being busy, but a job would have put me over the edge.

Post # 16
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you think about it, student teaching is basically being a teacher, which is a full time job! That being said, it was probably my FI’s easiest semester ever. He turned down a graduate assistanceship for precisely the reasons everyone is citing — too busy, no time, tired all the time, always grading papers or writing lesson plans, etc. — and ended up coasting all semester. He went in early with a carpool and did most things in the morning. He got home by 3:30 and if he had another hour of work, that was a long day! I say keep your job at least until you get into it and see just how you will manage. I have known other people who had hellish student teaching semesters. A lot depends on you and your co-operating teacher. Good luck!

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