Module 2: Welcoming Students into the School Community

Module 2 Progress

What have you done to help PSTs recognize the challenges of teaching without discouraging them or presenting a negative attitude?

Here are some ways you can help your PST recognize the challenges of teaching without discouraging them:

  • Be honest and willing to engage in tough conversations about the field of education.
  • If the PST has questions about challenging PK-12 students or parents, be honest (within the parameters of HIPPA/FERPA). 
  • Keep it positive.
  • Make sure they get to see a “lightbulb moment”.  It is why we keep coming back day after day. 
  • Help them identify a cheerleader on staff when needed. 
  • Reframe the challenges in a more positive light.  
  • Stay away from the typical “teacher lounge” conversations. 
  • Seek the little/small successes and celebrate the heck out of them.
  • List your accomplishments for the day, hour or minute if you need to see the positives.

Question for Reflection

  • How can we encourage versus discourage our PSTs to engage in our school communities?

Up Next: In module 3 you will learn about the characteristics of practicum students.