The Student Teacher's Responsibilities:
As a new member of a professional community, student teachers assume a variety of professional obligations and responsibilities. These are well-detailed in the Student Teaching Handbook updated and distributed annually by Villanova University's Department of Education and Human Services.
As student teachers look forward to and prepare for their student teaching semester, they should fulfill the following responsibilities.
At their first opportunity, student teachers should obtain a copy of the Faculty Handbook and acquaint themselves with the procedures, rules, and regulations that apply to the faculty of the school in which they are working. Student teachers should also familiarize themselves with other official documents (e.g., calendar). It is absolutely imperative that the student teacher be acquainted with the procedure that is followed if one must be absent due to illness.
In particular, it is expected that student teachers:
comport themselves as professionals (i.e., in word, action, dress, appearance, etc.) exhibit promptness and punctuality in meeting one's responsibilities and obligations recognize and act congruent with their new status (i.e., they are not their students' peers) seek advice from their cooperating educator and Villanova supervisor on a regular and routine basis For their part, students respect teachers who are honest, well-prepared, consistent, fair, and firm. As student teachers serve as role models for their students, student teachers will exhibit good manners, habits, and behavior, presenting the best possible image to the youth with whom they are working.
As the primary purpose of student teaching is to begin learning how to teach, student teachers focus primarily on instructional matters. Student teachers accomplish this as they fulfill their instructional responsibilities. These include:
preparing complete, concise, daily lesson plans
applying teaching techniques...
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