Anonymoushow do you initiate contact with your supervising teacher? what do you first say?
I would say email is the best way to first initiate contact. Be super polite and friendly. When I student taught, my supervising teacher contacted me first, but I have had to introduce myself to supervising teachers for observation hours. I would say a good email for you could look something like this:
Mr/Ms/Mrs _____ ______,
My name is _____________ and I am a student at ____________. I have been placed in your classroom for student teaching. I’m really excited and can’t wait to get to meet you and your students. I was hoping that we could perhaps set up a time to meet before school/classes start in the fall/winter. Again, I’m really excited and am looking forward to working with you.
(You may want to add your phone number)
This is just an idea. You want to come off as friendly, personable, and also professional. Reread your email before you send it so you don’t seem unprofessional. Avoid texting spelling/lingo. Put a relevant subject in the subject line (something like Student Teacher Fall 2012).
If you don’t have the email address and just have the person’s phone number, I think the same guidelines for the email apply. Be professional and personal. Introduce yourself and ask first it’s a good time to talk or if you should call them back. The phone may be an awkward way to initiate contact, but you shouldn’t be afraid to do it.
But it’s going to be far more awkward if you show up to the first day, never having spoken to your ST.
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