AP: Behaviors That Can Result In Termination of the Practicum

The following behaviors are unacceptable during your practicum and may result in termination of the placement if the candidate:


  • Must be asked and reminded to prepare and submit lesson plans in a timely fashion for approval by the host teacher (HT) and/or clinical supervisor (CS).
  • Fails to show initiative, does not put forth effort to enrich classroom learning beyond regular textbook or workbook exercises, does not create candidate-prepared materials without prompting, and does not personalize instruction to enhance student learning.
  • Rejects or does not attend to suggestions and ideas for improvement from the CS or HT, makes excuses and is defensive about constructive feedback on his or her performance
  • Is not reliable, and makes self-serving and unprofessional decisions.
  • Fails to create suitable rapport with students based on their developmental levels and/or needs
  • Uses inappropriate classroom language that demeans students, ethnicities, or genders, or slanders a student’s or colleague’s personal character.
  • Fails to initiate and sustain appropriate professional and personal relationships with teachers, CS, administrators, school staff, parents, or other adults.
  • Violates the policies and requirements set forth in the WGU Student Handbook and in the Code.
  • Fails to exhibit professionalism in appearance or behavior, has questionable hygiene and/or dress, or uses inappropriate or profane language.
  • Violates WGU and/or cooperating school policy on drugs and/or alcohol possession on school property, or permits drug or alcohol use to affect his or her work capability in the school workplace.
  • Participates in inappropriate, unprofessional, or irresponsible exchanges using electronic communications or social media, including but not limited to email and software applications (including those running on mobile devices) such as websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flicker, YouTube, Wikipedia, Picasa, and MySpace.



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