During your practicum, you are expected to follow the principles, standards, and rules regarding proficiencies, dispositions, and professional practice described in the Code. The following is a list of the kinds of considerations you should think about as you enter your assigned school(s). Always consult with your school for its specific policies or if you have questions:
If required, get your lesson plans approved well in advance in order to leave time to make any suggested revisions.
Be completely prepared for your assignment.
Demonstrate attentiveness and an eagerness to learn.
Observe the standards of dress appropriate to the teaching profession and required by school and district policy. For example, jeans, t-shirts, and shorts are NOT acceptable classroom attire. Please check with your assigned school, mentor, or clinical supervisor (CS) if you have any questions regarding appropriate and professional dress and grooming.
Keep all your appointments! If an emergency arises and you must adjust your plans, notify the school at the earliest convenience.
Be on time.
Check in and out at the office every time you visit the school.
Wear any required identification in plain sight at all times.
Use professional and respectful language in and out of the classroom with everyone - adults and students alike (no profanity or overly casual language).
Have students call you by your last name with the appropriate form of address (Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr., etc.).
Never provide transportation for any student.
Never be alone with a student.
Ask questions when in doubt - it is better to appear inexperienced than to make incorrect assumptions.
Be aware that all school personnel are busy people and do not impose on their time with unnecessary conversation.
Spend all your time in school engaged in appropriate professional/educational activities.
Turn off your cell phone (or set to vibrate) while school is in session. Do not make or accept personal calls during the school day.
Thank your host teacher (HT) and the office personnel each time you visit the school.