Message from the Director of Student Teaching
In general, most teacher candidates agree that student teaching is a valuable learning experience. As employers seek to hire new teachers, reports regarding performance as a teacher candidate are considered valuable information in this process.
Thus, one should plan for a successful student teaching experience, and while there are no guarantees, there are some activities that may help achieve success. Though some of the following guidelines have been mentioned elsewhere, these may serve as a summary of considerations as you are about to begin your student teaching:
- Rank student teaching as your first priority; proper preparation and lesson planning are essential, and will require a great deal of time and effort.
- Extend basic courtesy and respect toward school administrators, teachers, students and members of the community.
- Strive to teach effectively and creatively with dedication and enthusiasm.
- Be sure to plan for all teaching and submit plans to your teacher prior to teaching the class, unless otherwise requested.
- Conform to school regulations and policies, and to local standards of behavior, including standards of dress.
- Report to all school appointments and responsibilities at the scheduled time.
- Become acquainted with students in your class (e.g. names of your students, background) as soon as possible via observations, and conferences with your classroom teacher.
- Safeguard all personal/confidential information concerning students and use this information for professional purposes only.
- Confer regularly with your classroom teacher regarding your professional progress as well as problems, which may arise concerning such matters as discipline and rapport with students.
- When referring to the host school, the university program and the community, refrain from making unfavorable remarks.
- Strive for professional and personal growth through continued study and effort.