Just a thought, if you're teaching a concept then YouTube or Google "how to introduce..." Engaging through shocking provocations is really useful as pp said get your hook!
What was your lesson focus today? What was your learning intention?
I'll speak with my mentor tomorrow and see what they say. After today I was ready to leave but I've put in so much effort already just to be there and I really don't want to just give up.
I will give it another go tomorrow :-)
Let me know what you'll be teaching and I'll post some resources. Which state are you in?
I teach English and Maths, SK, so I'm no help to you with specific resources but I just wanted to say that my rule of thumb is always "Would I want to be a student in my class?" If it's a resounding "No", I'm doing something wrong. If it's a "it would be OK but not life-changing", I think that's quite acceptable for a prac teacher!
I've mentored before and the advice I would give is:
* listen to your mentor's advice. Suggestions aren't usually suggestions - they're recommendations that you need to adopt.
* know your subject and be prepared - you seem to have that. I like worksheets that are self-explanatory with a bit extra somewhere that brighter kids can go on with if you're tied up.
* do everything you need to do and be punctual - just like any job. A bit of initiative and enthusiasm goes a long way in your mentor's eyes (never avoid playground duty or make excuses not to visit X's class if he/she invites you).
* enjoy teaching - if you're enthusiastic, the kids will be, too.
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