Student Teacher Resources

By Alan Haskvitz, National Teachers Hall of Fame, national inservice presener.

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I clearly remember my less than good experiences as a student teacher at Cal Poly Pomona. One supervising teacher left me alone from the start to go play basketball. The other was excellent and provided needed feedback. Unfortunately, Cal Poly provided a woman who had not been in the classroom in years as my observer. She complained when I called the students “kids” and the fact that my dress shirt was not fully buttoned to the top. She missed the fact that the lesson featured a Japanese exchange student explaining the role of the emperor and the fact that students were using primary documents. She missed the fact that the students were so into the debate that they didn’t want to leave the room when the bell rang and that their reflection essays showed a clear change in their point of views. For my final college lesson plan demonstration before my fellow student teachers I painted my face with a burnt cork and wore a turtleneck sweater. I came as an African American student and gave my fellow white student teachers a test on slang words. I played loud music, told them if they failed they couldn’t go to college, and collected their work with distain. The supervising teacher didn’t get it and gave me a failing grade. I had to go to the dean and face representatives from every discipline to be allowed to stay in the program. As luck would have it, 25 years later Cal Poly’s teacher preparation department asked me to be its outstanding alumnus at the school’s anniversary celebration. As such, I have deep feelings about all student teachers and so I have put together some resources to help in this most difficult of times.

Here is a listing of valuable and useful tools to help in the difficult transition from student to student teacher to educator.

New teacher links

Teacher and the law links

Lesson plan links

Links to hundreds of lesson plans sties

For Physical Education lessons

Behavior and classroom management links

Special Education Links

Assessment, rubrics, and much more

Davidson University Student Teacher Handbook

Very traditional


North Carolina State’s Handbook

Interesting classroom management questions

No answers given, but a great place to start a discussion with a mentor or cooperating teacher.


Student Teacher Bill of Rights

Actual Student Teacher Portfolios with

 sample lessons

I don’t know how these were left up, but here they are so you can compare your work to their work.


Where to find jobs

Teachable Moments

11 Traits of a good teacher


Summer jobs for teachers



New Teacher related websites


New Teacher Resource Center

Student Teacher Site
How to Get All Important Teaching Experience
Tips for new teachers
Help for New Teachers
Minnesota new teacher help site
Building Confidence for New Teachers

Terrific site for new teachers. Very comprehensive.

Middle school related links

Resources by grade level


Very diverse collection with many updates articles. Worthwhile

New teacher mentoring links

New Teacher Mentoring Group

Nice collection of articles