HomeSulo: Journal of Student-Faculty Researchvol. 9 no. 1 (2007)

The Life of a Student Teacher

Cecilia M. Homeres

Discipline: Education



To become a teacher is not a joke. It is one of the greatest challenges in one’s life to be of service to young people, people who are in need of knowledge, proper values and attitudes. When you are a student teacher, you will experience sleepless nights trying to cope with the requirements of your course, trying to meet the expectations of your supervisor, dean and cooperating teachers, who are all trying to expect nothing but the best from you. Your life in the school where you are assigned brings you so many challenges like writing daily lesson plans, preparing instructional devices and mastery of your subject matter. You must also be very willing and eager to listen to your cooperating teacher’s advice and attend to your pupils’ different behavioral attitudes. In other words, you have to be a patient, loving, persevering and hardworking student teacher no matter what happens. Everyday, as you go to your school, your dreams and aspirations are all in your thoughts playing gently in your mind whether you want “to be or not to be” a teacher. You are now on the last stage of your course and you cannot help but feel happy, yet afraid of the challenges ahead of you, the fear of being laughed at, of being criticized especially when you start to teach in front of the class. Yet deep in your heart you have that confidence, you take the risk for you know that there is no way out, there is no more turning back except to accept the responsibilities on your shoulders. You must learn to smile everyday to your students and fill the world with love for, after all, your role is not only to be a future teacher but also to be a surrogate parent to your students. When your cooperating teachers praise you for doing good in classroom teaching, and when your dean or supervisor of student teaching believes in your teaching competencies, be humble enough to thank them and feel that someday you too can become a great teacher.