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The Ultimate Student Teaching Guide

The Ultimate Student Teaching Guide

Second Edition

January 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Concise and focused on practical strategies, this engaging, lighthearted guide provides teacher candidates a road map for negotiating the complex and diverse terrain of pre-K through 12 schools, while providing opportunities to develop the skills of reflection that are crucial to becoming a successful practitioner.  The Second Edition provides practical, research-based, field-tested strategies that student teachers can immediately apply as they encounter school concerns, solve classroom challenges, negotiate social conflicts, and, new to this edition, navigate the job search and interview process. Concluding chapters challenge readers to view student teaching as a process and to use reflection as a tool for professional growth. Thoroughly updated throughout, the Second Edition includes expanded coverage of workplace professionalism, an introduction to accreditation and the Common Core standards, and more.

Part I. People
Chapter 1. Welcome to Student Teaching: The Open House
Chapter 2. Meeting Your Cooperating Teacher: The Teacher Conference
Part II. Politics
Chapter 3. Understanding Your Cooperating Teacher: The Rules
Chapter 4. Managing the Workload: The Late Bell
Chapter 5. Classroom Management During Student Teaching: The Principal's Office
Part III. Planning
Chapter 6. Strategies for Effective Teaching: The Planning Period
Chapter 7. Preparation and Performance: The Lesson Plan
Part IV. Performance
Chapter 8. Developing Confidence in Your Teaching Ability: The Evaluation
Chapter 9. The Last STEP: Student Teacher Exit Plan
Appendix A. Twenty Ways to Say No (or Not Right Now)
Appendix B. Sample Pacing Guides
Appendix C. Sample Lesson Plan Templates
Appendix D. Sample Résumé
References and Further Readings
About the Authors

"(This book) addresses many of the issues involved in student teaching that other texts do not and is written by people who have first-hand experience with student teachers."

Joyce Rietman
University of Southern Indiana

Excellent book! Non-intimidating textbook for student internship, with background of educational theory and methods, and hints for making classroom teaching work. In addition, this book's authors all teach in North Carolina, and my students are interning in North Carolina schools.

Dr Betty Hubschman
Education, Carolina University
May 17, 2022

After going perusing the book, I solicited feedback from a current intern. Her feedback along with my own interest helped me to decide to use this book next fall with my interns.

Dr Tammy Cook
Curriculum Instruction Dept, University Of Montevallo
March 18, 2014
Key features


  • An expanded section on workplace professionalism in Chapter 1 offers a historical look at professionalism and gives the reader insight into what potential employers look for in top-notch employees.
  • Chapter 2 introduces readers to the wonderful world of accreditation (CAEP, or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and the national Common Core standards.
  • Chapter 6 includes new information on instructional strategies that support teaching and learning, including strategies that use technology.
  • Practical advice and strategies for navigating the job search and interview process have been added to help new graduates get closer to signing their first teaching contracts.


  • Practical strategies for dealing with issues such as gender and age clashes, personality conflicts, and school politics help readers prepare for the most pivotal experience in their teacher education or licensure program—the student teaching internship.
  • Built-in chapter resources include informal “Letter to the Student Teacher” chapter openers; “Read About It” lists of additional resources on methods, strategies, or research; “Think About It” strategies that include reflection opportunities and methods to communicate successes, problems, and challenges; “Try It” activities that ask readers to illustrate methodology or theories; and “Bulletin Board” chapter summaries.
  • A special section focused on often-overlooked special populations, such as second-career students, lateral entry teachers seeking certification, and teacher assistants transitioning into lead teacher positions, addresses the unique circumstances and experiences they bring to the internship.
  • Practical “how-to” information in the concluding chapter prepares readers for “next steps,” including developing portfolios and resumes, studying for specialty area exams, applying for licensure, and applying for jobs.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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