However, everyone has to start somewhere in their given profession, and teaching is no different.
Take my example, for instance, and I'll be the first to admit that I thought I had all of the answers when I first started.
Whoops. This didn't work, and neither did that.
Therefore, I've learned over the years, that I not only want a student teacher in our classroom each year, I feel that I OWE it to the profession.
Not because I have all of the answers, mind you.
However, it's because of the relationship that you create with that future educator, that has a profound impact on their learning... and probably more importantly ... your own.
You see, too many teachers feel like they're "giving up control" when they have someone come in to their class and learn this awesome profession.
I feel it's the total opposite.
I WANT to be in control of mentoring them, teaching them, discussing with them, showing them, and listening to them.
Otherwise I'd stay stagnant, and that's not good for anyone in any profession... let alone teaching.
So, if you're on the fence about having a student teacher in your classroom, I say "Give it a go"... just like my most recent (British) student teacher would say.
What do you have to lose?