Category Archives: Practicum 209

Professionalism in Teaching: Cell Phone Use

As a teacher, one of my biggest pet peeves is when my staff would text on their cell phones while the students were present. I was perpetually the “bad guy” asking them to please not text while the students were present. The time the students are with us remains, and will always be, the students’ time and never our personal time. Many of our students come to us with so much need, requiring all of our attention and focus; maintaining a safe classroom, facilitating play, working on their IEP goals and objectives and teaching them. There is simply no time for texting during the school day. There are some schools that have a no-cell phone policy for staff such as Head Start classrooms. The staff’s cell phone must be put away during the school day and if they are seen using the cell phone, disciplinary action may be taken. Besides not texting here are some guidelines pertaining to cell phone use by teachers and staff in schools: Continue reading

Tips For Communicating With Your Supervising Teacher

Communicating with your supervising teacher…

When you start your practicum at the University, it is your first glimpse into the classroom. You may feel a combination of excitement and nerves as you start your journey in education. This classroom experience can teach you if education is something you want to pursue or if another career might be best for you. The practicum is also your first opportunity to forage your budding professional communications and working relationships with your supervising teacher. You will have the chance to learn, practice and hone your skills in proper, positive and professional communication. Here are a few tips as your start this unique relationship with your supervising teacher:

  • Ensure the supervising teacher has had time to sign your practicum contract (ED 209 only) which specifics the days and times you will be in her classroom. Ideally the time must work best for her and give her the maximum help and support from you.

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