Do's and Don'ts of Student Teaching

|  be excited, pleasant, and cheerful to everyone in the building. |  appear to have an attitude.
|  be on time EVERY DAY.  If possible, arrive at school before your teacher does. |  be the first person to leave the building in the
|  dress appropriately and professionally. |  wear something if you are unsure about it.  No one expects you to have a different outfit every day, but be appropriate.
|  ask what you can do to help. |  put off doing a task your teacher has given you.  Do it right away.
|  ask many questions. |  be afraid to ask to if you don't understand.  Take notes so you don't forget.
|  cut down on working hours outside of school. |  work at all if possible.  You will have a lot to do while you are student teaching and you will need as much time as possible.
|  complete and give your teacher your lesson plans on time. |  wait for the teacher to ask for your lesson plans.
|  be professional in discussing the children in your classes. |  listen to or pass along gossip.
|  be present every day for student teaching. |  be absent unless you are truly sick.
|  examine the content of any Myspace, Facebook, or other social networking web pages you have created or are part of. |  risk compromising your student teaching experience by allowing inappropriate content to be available. Don't assume you students can't find you on the web, because they can.
|  turn off your cell phone and put it away when you are in the school building. |  allow cell phone use to interfere with your
professionalism in the classroom.
|  show initiative.  Volunteer to work on projects outside of your classroom. |  forget that you have been working at the university for many years to prepare for student teaching.  Put forth MAXIMUM effort and demonstrate that sense of self-efficacy you have been developing.