Student Teacher Binder

Last year I had a student teacher and I wanted to give her something to welcome (or in some cases overwhelm her) with information about Kindergarten and our school.  I decided to make a binder for her. The binder I made for my student teacher was a 3 inch thick 3 ring binder (say that 5 times fast!).  I got some of those tabbed dividers and made sections for homework, classroom newsletters, school information (procedures/rules/meeting dates,etc.) classlist, emergency cards, calendars, lesson plan grids (I make my own lesson plan book, so I gave her a copy of it to use), worksheets, and anything gathered from our district Kindergarten meetings to share with her.
It didn’t take long to make-just a lot of hole punching! I collected things in a tub for the semester before she came and then in December all I had to do was punch holes and put it together.
I thought this was a great idea and full of information for her to have handy so she could reference it when she needed to.  I guess she was not that interested in it because she left it behind–but I’m happy to say that I will be getting another student teacher in the fall and will be happy to pass it on to him/her.  I guess I’d better start a bin now so that I can present this student teacher with a whole year’s worth of homework packets, school information, and worksheets.  I remember when I started teaching I had to beg things off my co-workers and I just felt that this way at least they would have something to start with.

What do you do to welcome your student teachers?

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on January 6, 2009, in Student Teacher. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Kristen,
    As a recent student teacher myself…what a great idea! I am in my first year now and having a resource provided to me during student teaching would have been great. As much as I tried to keep copies and keep things together, school kept me busy! I will remember this to use when I have a student teacher in my room! Thanks for a great website!


  2. LeiAnn Thompson


    What a wonderful idea. I, like Vicky was a student teacher. I am now in my first year as a Kindergarten teacher. I would have loved something like that. My mentor last year did something like that for me except it is first grade related. I have been able to adapt some of it to use with my Kindergartners. I wish I had someone like you at my school in South Georgia.


  3. Kristen,

    I think that you are an incredible teacher! I wish that I had such a great mentor like you at this time to guide me through my student teaching time. I wish that I was as organized as you. Your website is so full and rich of meaningful ideas. Thank you for sharing!!!

    All the best to you in your career 🙂


  4. Kristen,
    You and your website are wonderful! I’m sure she accidently left it. I am in my first year of teaching kindergarten and would have loved something like that-but I guess what first year teacher wouldn’t 😉
    Thanks 🙂


  5. Wow! That is awesome that you took the time to put that together and I can’t believe that it was left behind. I am in my junior year…and I have never had a teacher do this for me when I enter their classroom!!!!


  6. Two things that seem to be working:
    1. Before my student teacher arrives, I share what I know about her with my students and ask them make a page for our “How to Be a Great Teacher” book. They write a simple sentence and illustrate it, I bind it into a book with my own welcome letter and we’re on our way.
    2. Near the end, we host a Student Teacher / New Teacher Shower. Students and/or parents are invited to bring in a small gift that they think will help her get launched. The gifts vary greatly and no matter how simple, they are appreciated. We have treats and take photos for her along with letting her know she’s made a difference for us. Thanks for your great ideas.


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