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Getting Ready for My Student Teacher’s First Day

My student teacher starts with my class tomorrow. Therefore, in order to facilitate a smooth transition (and the earliest possible start-date for her to begin teaching lots of lessons) with a gradual release, I prepared an observation form for her to use during the first 1-2 weeks that she’s with me. (The form follows below. It’s only for one day’s worth of time and therefore needs to be duplicated if you wish to use this form for more than one day, at a time, with your student teachers.)

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

2 thoughts on “Getting Ready for My Student Teacher’s First Day Leave a comment

  1. I’m working with my first student teacher in my fourth grade classroom this semester. I don’t have anything prepared for her that’s nearly as thorough as this. Very impressive.

    I’m hoping you’ll be able to blog about the experience. I’m a dedicated reader/subscriber, so I’ll be following closely.

    Thanks for all that the both of you do. You’ve helped my teaching of writing immensely.


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