A pre-service teacher at Darwin High school reflects on a number of the processes that she used to make her 'practicum' at the school personally and professionally fulfilling. She found classroom observation useful because it offered valuable models of how teachers managed classrooms. In the practicum she maintained a journal that she used to reflect on her teaching progress. She also used a range of opportunities to gain and act on written and verbal feedback from her supervisor. She acknowledges the importance for pre-service teachers of asking for help, acknowledging weaknesses and gaining feedback from mentors.