The following is what I found the most important information he had to offer us! Please enjoy!
- Don't set your expectations too high, take the experience as it comes!
- Learn from your mistakes and failures, don't underestimate the power of reflection!
- Plan all summer long for lesson plans and ideas, archive!
- Take a ton of pictures and videos
- Use a webcam and rig it up to be a doc cam to use for demonstrations (great idea)
- Always make sure your CT is with you when you address or discipline students privately
- Get to know each student and each class to reach them best
- Follow the cooperating teacher's rules. Don't implement your own (this is your chance to get some new ideas and see what works for you!)
- Talk to students at their level, kneel, bend down if you have to
- Use your time to practice interviewing after graduation
- Use the question, "What does the community think about your art program?" to ask principals after interviews (gives you a sense of budget, approval by community and job security in one!)
- I really
enjoyed what Mr. K had to say. He had so much information and advice for
us! It was amazing to hear his experience, especially because he had a
bit of a rocky start with one of his cooperating teachers, and he
handled himself professionally and respectfully, which I admire!