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EPS 282X Student (Pre-service Teacher) Expectations

NIU student WILL:

  • Visit a class at least 9 times during the semester for at least16 hours.
  • Visit a class at least 3 times in September, October, and December, during the fall semester or February, March, and April during the spring semester.

The NIU student WILL NOT:

  • Serve as a clerical assistant
  • Be responsible for teaching the class
  • Do a child’s work
  • Touch a child without prior permission of the teacher

NIU students MUST

  • Sign in at the school office to get a VISITOR pass before going to the class
  • Be focused on the child/children and/or the mentor teacher
  • Obtain permission before administering a child study instrument
  • Call AHEAD to inform the cooperating teacher about any absence
  • Make arrangements to make up any absences. (You may obtain contact information for the teacher and school through the school district websites.)

Injury: Any injury incurred by an NIU student while visiting a school should be reported to the building principal as well as the university instructor.

Professional Behavior

At all times, the NIU pre-service teacher will behave in a professional manner.

NIU Professional Dress Code

Students are expected to dress appropriately. No blue jeans, no visible midriffs, no tattoos showing, no visible body piercings (other than earrings), no short skirts or shorts, no cleavage showing, no t-shirts with words or advertisements.

NIU Pre-service Teachers:

  • Do not chew gum
  • Do not use cell phones or other electric devices whle at the school without the consent of the mentor teacher.
  • Pay attention to the child/children and the task at hand
  • Treat students with respect
  • Show enthusiasm for being in the school and working with the child
  • Accept constructive criticism graciously
  • Maintain a pleasant disposition
  • Do not become easily frustrated and/or discouraged
  • Deal reasonably with unexpected teaching problems
  • Ask good questions and request feedback
  • Assume responsibility for making decisions within their jurisdiction
  • Complete tasks on time
  • Use language correctly and effectively
  • Take advantage of provided opportunities to interact with the child in appropriate situations
  • Relate to children in informal, social situations (recess, for example) in a friendly, relaxed manner
  • Gain the confidence and respect of the child
  • Demonstrate careful planning when working with the children
  • Maintain reasonable expectations for the children
  • Check the school/district website or the radio station for emergency closings
  • Share any concerns regarding the student (e.g. abuse, health concerns) with the mentor teacher.