Sunday, July 26, 2009

To Call or Not to Call

As I inch closer to the start of student teaching, I feel like I need to contact my CT and find out when she plans on getting back into the classroom. I am sure that it will probably be within the next few weeks or so, so I really want to make sure I am available. The thing that I have been going back and forth about is whether or not to call her. I sent her an email but I remember her telling me that she does not check her email often during the summer. So, she did give me her phone number and told me to call her about anything, but I guess I’m questioning whether she really meant that. It’s not that I don’t think she was sincere, I’m just apprehensive about calling her on “her own time” and her possibly being too busy to talk to little ol’ me. The anxiety I feel is definitely not unique to this experience- I get nervous when I’m calling my own grandma to ask a question!! I guess I just want to know whether or not it is okay to actually call her about meeting up before school starts, working in the classroom, etc. I just don’t want to step on her toes before we even get into the classroom!!


  1. I cannot say this with enough emphasis....ABSOLUTELY CALL HER! Teachers typically agree to being a CT right? So that means she has an interest in being a mentor. She wants to interact with you and help you learn. The earlier you get involved in the process of her planning and getting ready to go back the more you will learn. Also, surely you can be of help to her which she will be happy about.

    Most likely if she is busy, she will not answer the phone anyway so you can just leave a nice message and let her know that you are interested in getting in touch. Go for it!

  2. I agree with KT, call her. She will probably be happy that you care so much about being prepared ahead of time. Getting together will help you build a relationship with her before getting into the school atmosphere and that will probably ease some of your anxiety when you do start in the classroom.

  3. Oh, yes. Give her a call. I think it's a great idea to let her know that you are excited about student teaching and ready to get started. I would have loved a student teacher like you.