I’ve definitely minimized my risk-taking during student teaching, the odds being against me at this point, but even still i would like to think that just being aware of that fact counts for something. There is sort of a double edged sword that goes along with being evaluated on a regular basis. On the one hand, experimentation is verbally encouraged from student teachers, the argument being that student teaching is the one time in your career when the consequences of mistakes are minimal. You won’t lose a job necessarily. And this is the time to decide on a teaching style. But on the other hand, you’re paying your own money to have others assess your competence as a future teacher, it’s not a scenario that necessarily encourages experimentation, at least not from those who have little to spend and way too much to lose. And experimentation means different things to different people.
My biggest concern at this point is that this hovering around safety will continue after this point. Now, it’s a matter of getting a degree, and passing all these “tests”. Later, it will be concerns about getting and keeping a job. True, everyone has there own creative twists on things, but will that be enough to keep me going?