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Pre-Service Teachers

For those educators who are student teaching, preparing to student teach, or recent graduates still looking for placement

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Introduce Yourself...

Started by Bonnie Frampton Faust. Last reply by Holly Perucci Nov 7, 2013. 13 Replies

Tell us about yourself!What are you doing now? Are you student teaching, are you looking for a job?Continue

Help with research!

Started by Jaqueline Atkinson. Last reply by Jaqueline Atkinson Sep 21, 2011. 7 Replies

Hello all,I am a doctoral student interested with teacher certification.I am wondering if this group is still on...Would love to touch basis with anyone who received online certification... or is…Continue

Student Teaching

Started by Jessica Nunez. Last reply by Jessica Nunez Nov 12, 2009. 6 Replies

So i just found out that i am all set to go for student teaching in the spring. Middle School first session, High School second session. this is becoming all to real now. I feeling very nervous yet…Continue

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Comment by Jerri-Ann Archer on October 22, 2015 at 2:23pm


I am in my first student teaching placement and I begin taking over one of the classes on Monday. After that it will increase to three. I am doing ok so far with the students and my cooperating teacher. I am a bit worried about having to teach the material which is there already, but overall things are going well. 

Comment by Zeinab El Hussein on October 4, 2015 at 1:58am

Hi! I am currently going to begin my final placement at a high school for History and after that is completed I'll be finished my course and will be out looking for jobs, and it seems like it is getting harder and harder to find jobs in a classroom, so fingers crossed!

Comment by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on April 19, 2012 at 11:19pm

Pre-Servce teachers: Be sure to stop by this group! There are 171 peeps available to mentor and support you for FREE. Virtual mentors can be just as supportive as f2f ones. You can skype, hang-out, text or FB with a virtual mentor and the support can be powerful! Let me know if you connect with a mentor!

Comment by Miss L on March 9, 2012 at 12:59am

Best wishes to all the student teachers going out on their spring placements!

Comment by Miss L on January 18, 2012 at 2:20pm

Hello! I am an education student from Manitoba, Canada. I have a BA in History and am in my first year of a 2-year BEd. I am completed one student teaching placement and will be starting another 8-week placement in March.

Comment by Elisha Robinson on November 13, 2011 at 10:20am

Hello! I graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Education. I am currently a permanent substitute teacher at a private school. Prior to accepting this position I was on the job hunt for 3 months. It seems to be more and more difficult to find a classroom placement.


I search weekly on the county job site, but there are not many jobs posted. Any recommendations for websites or other places to find available teaching positions?

Comment by Bonnie Zimmerman on July 20, 2011 at 12:49am
Hi! I've been a teacher's aide for the past 6 years in an Elementary School. For the 1st 5 years I was a CM aide, so I primarily worked with students who had learning disabilities. Last year, I graduated from college, received my EC-6 and ESL EC-6 certification, and became a certified teaching assistant. I taught science and assisted the teacher throughout the rest of the day in a 3rd grade LEAP classroom (these students had 140+ IQs) . I enjoyed what I did. Unfortunately, with students moving away, numbers went down and my position went away. This year, I'm looking for a classroom position as an EC-5 teacher. Until I find that position, I will be substitute teaching. I look forward to the opportunity to work at a variety of schools (and students, teachers, admins, families) while I strengthen my teaching skills.
Comment by TechnologyToday on November 29, 2009 at 10:56am
Thought I would share some tips that helped me succeed in the interview and in my 1st years of teaching.

Make certain to emphasize what you can do for the school, not what the school can do for you (sound familiar). Offer something that makes you unique from the multitude of other applications. The mere fact that you are on NING likely puts you a step ahead of the rest!

To get the interviewer's attention, state that your are willing to offer in-house workshops, demonstrating how teachers can integrate ICT into the classroom to improve student success, engagement and equity (make certain you can back this up with specific technologies and implementation strategies). Some examples may include offering interactive white board training, assessment training (using assessment software tools), build/improve the school website (for community outreach, student success), train teachers on how to develop course websites for collaborative student centered learning , etc. Take ownership of one or two initiatives and become the lead person for those initiatives.

Make it clear, that you see administration as part of a partnership with teachers, where we are all part of the same team fighting the battle for student success. You are a self starter, who does not wait around having to be told what to do. You enjoy finding solutions to existing challenges as opposed to complaining about existing problems. You have a passion towards the teaching and the welfare of our children and you are here to make a difference for the school and the community you serve. If you can get this message across with sincerity and conviction, the job is yours!

This approach landed me my first job and has kept me employed ever since.

Good Luck!
Comment by Cassie Banka on November 18, 2009 at 2:42pm
Hey All!

My name is Cassie Banka (@cbanka on twitter) and I finished student teaching last semester (y'all are in for a ride!) :) My husband and I got married this August and I'm back in Manhattan, KS getting my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction while he finishes his B.S. in Civil Engineering. I'm currently certified to teach 5-12 Mathematics in KS and am looking for my first permanent teaching job next year!
Comment by Cybrary Man - Jerry Blumengarten on November 18, 2009 at 9:29am
To meet the challenges of student teaching and later as you begin your teaching career it is very important that you are in the best shape possible. You will need a lot of stamina and right now you should be exercising, eating properly and getting plenty of rest. It is normal to be anxious at this point. The more prepared you are the better you will do. Don't hesitate to call on me with any questions. Look over my Student Teaching page and New Teacher pages on my site. I have gathered a lot of really good links that will help you. You can also email me. My email address is on my website: Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites.

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