How should I approach this subject with my student teacher?
I have had a student teacher for 8 weeks now – this is his last week. He’s not been the most effective student teacher I’ve had, and has in fact struggled more than most with quality lesson planning, classroom management, and professionalism. We conference daily (many days multiple times) as I try to instill best practices and professional consideration in him. Needless to say, it’s been a struggle, but improvements have been made and with vigilance I’ve been able to mitigate the negativity in my class.
An on-line reputation, I believe, is a consideration in any field, but most especially in education where our students will seek out information about their teachers. I decided to do some online creeping of my student teacher and found some information that is of concern. For example, I found his (non privacy protected) xanga where he blogs of “losing his virginity WOW WOW WOW,” “tripping on ex,” “the police officer that sucked him off,” and the “math teacher who is a stupid whore.”. Another social networking site had posts where he again writes of “tripping on ex and smokin’ the dank.” Needless to say, I’m disturbed by these posts as they show no regard for public image and show no consideration for the ease with which many, including prospective employers and students, may access information.
So, how do I address what I’ve found, or do I address what I’ve found? Should I speak to him frankly (as I’ve done up got is point) or do I just forward the information to his university supervisor? Should I just let it go and address it broadly in his final evaluation as part of my concerns about professionalism?
One more week with this guy and I’m done! I cannot wait to have my classes back!!
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