For My Student Teachers
You know what your responsibilities are for your university, and it is your responsibilities to keep up with that aspect of your student teaching experience. However, I am more than willing to be a resource for you in regards to any of that "extra stuff".
While you are student teaching with me, I ask that you follow our district curriculum. I will be there all along the way to help you plan using this document. You will need to turn in your lesson plans (that are in the format set by administration of my school) by the Friday before the Monday they are taught. I also ask that you have teacher examples or rough sketches of these lessons completed. This allows us to reevaluate the lessons before you begin teaching them. I am not here to micro-manage you, but desire for you to have great success in your teaching experience. After 16 yrs teaching experience, I might see things in your lessons that you might not have considered. Trouble shooting before the trouble begins is best!
In regards to "dress"....PLEASE BE ELEMENTARY ART TEACHER APPROPRIATE!!! Your university probably has set out for you a dress code of sorts. I am not as strict as some of those dress codes, but I do expect you to be clean & COVERED. Remember you will be bending over, getting down on your knees, squatting.....just being at the elementary student's level. This is not a place for your Sunday best! We get messy(sometimes on purpose..sometimes not). If you have any questions...feel free to ask me, but expect an honest answer!
It is in your best interest to be at school by 7:30am each morning. If you arrive later than this, you may get stuck in traffic. The official end of day for teachers is 3:15. However, afternoon duty often lasts till 3:20/3:25. If you are unable to stay till this time, please let me know & we will work something out. I need to know the days you will be out. Please give me as much advanced notice as possible. If you are ill...I UNDERSTAND! However, I still expect a phone call so I can prepare for the day in your absence.
I know this is a lot of information, and you may already be feeling overwhelmed/nervous. RELAX!! We are going to have a great time...learning & growing together!!