WGU expects students to act professionally at all times and work in a cooperative manner with their host teachers, clinical supervisors, cohort facilitators, and professional colleagues. The goal of the demonstration teaching (DT) experience is for students to have the maximum opportunity to perform to the degree which their personal interests, abilities, and individuality allow. DT is a full-time commitment. Students should consider participation in all education activities of the school to be an integral part of the DT experience, not optional or supplemental. During the DT experience, students:
Students are expected to observe standards of professionalism and adhere to the Code (opens new window) at all times.
The clinical supervisor is your WGU representative and a support for you during your DT experience. It is important for you to communicate with your clinical supervisor regularly and inform them of any questions or concerns. Please keep in mind that your clinical supervisor may be supervising several WGU students as well as supervising for other local colleges and universities in your area. It is also possible that your clinical supervisor is a current or previous principal or superintendent who has a lot of influence in the district where you are completing DT. As such, your clinical supervisor may have limited time and availability due to other work or personal obligations. Additionally, some clinical supervisors must travel a great distance to complete the observations. The following is a list of items for consideration as you work with your clinical supervisor:
You are an invited guest in the host teacher’s classroom. Accordingly, you should act professionally, be prepared, and be respectful at all times. Always consult with your school regarding specific policies or if you have questions. The following is a list of items for consideration as you enter your assigned school(s):
Make arrangements for classroom observations of other teachers through the host teacher. The school may have a policy that the principal must approve observation in other classrooms. You may be responsible, once the approval of teachers has been given, for arranging a specific time for the observation with the teacher who you will be observing.