Do's and Don'ts of Student Teaching

It is important to be professional when you are student teaching.  These examples of what to do -- or NOT to do -- will help.

Do's and Don'ts of Student Teaching

DO DON'T
|  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
   afternoon.
|  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.