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Top 10 Helpful Field Experience Tips

Communication And Scheduling

  • Contact host teacher as soon as placement is received to set up your schedule (even if you are not beginning immediately).  When contacting host teacher: 1) use school website; 2) find host teacher's email; 3) put your contact information in your email; 4) call school only if no response from email. 
  • If unable to participate on your scheduled day - Contact the school/host teacher
  • If circumstances dictate a late arrival - Contact the school/host teacher
  • Plan your semester schedule and begin your placement as soon as possible - the unexpected will occur

Project A Professional Demeanor At All Times

  • Discuss important and sensitive issues with appropriate individuals at appropriate times and in appropriate places
  • Your course instructor is your key point person
  • You are a role model for your students in your actions, language and appearance 

This Is "Your" Experience

  • Avoid focusing your interactions on peers and focus on the students in your classroom and your personal growth
  • Respond positively to opportunities offered by your host teacher  
  • Be clear on the field experience requirements and share them with your host teacher on the onset of the placement

Host teachers graciously volunteer to mentor teacher candidates - A hand written "thank you" note as a gesture of appreciation goes a long way.

THIS IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE IT THE BEST IT CAN BE!