There were a couple of people with cooperating teachers that were so control-freak-esque that they had just been teaching the teacher’s lesson plans up until this point. I consider myself very lucky because my teacher is so flexible and open to me being in her classroom and allowing me to create a lot of stuff with some guidance from her.
-Ask my teacher for more help with the details of lesson planning concerning appropriate activities and assessments, as well as the prior knowledge of the students!
-Use “sponge activities” in the beginning of class to get things started.
-More directions in French- introduce a new direction-based phrase every day.
-Start brainstorming ~2-week unit ideas and which class I want to do it with.
-Continue to use more and more French by scaffolding and accompanying that French with visuals and gestures- very important- I’m a French teacher, not an English teacher.
-Plan more. Also either plan more efficiently, or be prepared to sacrifice even more sleep as I take on more classes. I don’t have enough time for all the planning I need to/want to/should be doing.
These were some thoughts I was having. There were many more, but I’m too busy to remember them right now.