How a Student Teacher Internship will Help You in Your Career

Sun, May 27, 2012

Internship Information

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their professional lives. Take teachers, for example. If you ask a lot of them when they knew that being an educator was something that they wanted to do for a living, they’ll tell you that it was either since they can remember or after they had a really good teacher in elementary or high school.

So, when these same people go to college to major in education, there seems to be a really special drive and passion in them that keeps them focused on their studies. Therefore, it would make sense that they would also be excited about the thought of having a student teacher internship. After all, if you’re going to be a teacher, shouldn’t you know what it’s like to conduct a classroom? Indeed, you should.

However, sitting in a class as a student, even a student who wants to be a teacher, is vastly different than being the teacher conducting the class. So, if you are an aspiring teacher and you want to know some specific reasons why a student teacher internship will help you in your career, here are three things to keep in mind.

It helps you to really know if teaching is what you want to do. The ironic thing about majoring in education is that even though you are learning about how to be a teacher, you are still a student in the process. This means that you don’t really learn the complete side of teaching until you actually are a teacher. Student teaching provides you with some hands-on experience as it relates to planning lessons, teaching classes, giving assignments and grading coursework as well. These are things that reading about teaching can never show you quite as well.

It helps you to develop a teacher’s rapport.  If you ask any teacher what one of their greatest challenges is, they will probably tell you that it’s learning how to teach a lot of different kinds of people the same lesson in a very limited amount of time. For this reason alone, teachers are not just educators but public speakers, customer service agents and counselors as well. This is because they have to find a way to meet the needs of lots of people in lesson form whether the students catch on quickly or not, whether they’re having a good day or not and whether they love the subject they are being presented with or not. When you are a student teacher, you are learning how to develop your own kind of connection with students and that is something that will benefit you for the rest of your teaching career.

It helps you to see both sides of the coin. Say that you’re getting your master’s in education and you’re about to embark upon your student teacher internship. One complaint that a lot of students have about teachers that they didn’t enjoy is that they don’t seem to relate to where the students are coming from. As a student that’s preparing to be a teacher, you, however, can empathize in a very special and significant way because as you are teaching classes, you still can understand how it feels to be a student. This provides you with the insight to not just teach effectively, but to deliver your lessons in a way that the students can truly appreciate. And how is this possible? All you have to do is think about how you would like your classes to go and implement that in your student teaching internship.  Your students will be so glad that you did!

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