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Title: Practice Teaching and Beyond Professional Conduct and Deportment


1
Practice Teaching and BeyondProfessional Conduct
and Deportment
First Impressions are Lasting Ones
  • Presented by Dr. Barbara Olmsted
  • Associate Dean, Schulich School of Education

2
Agenda
  • Practicum Schedule
  • Practicum Placement Information Released
  • Faculty Advisor Meetings
  • WSIB/Digital Recording Form
  • Professionalism

3
Practicum Schedulepage 6
  •  
  • 2015
  • January 19, 26?February  2, 9, 23?March 2, 9,
    23, 30?
  • 5 Consecutive Days April 23, 27, 28, 29, 30/2015
  • Adjustments to these final dates will be allowed
    for academic conflicts only.

4
When are placements released?
  • Why didnt I get a placement?
  • Should I attend the Faculty Advisor Meeting?

Faculty Advisor Meetings
January 12, 2015
5
WSIB/Digital Recording Form
  • Personal Safety in Practicum / Digital
    Professionalism
  • Your signature at the bottom of this form
    indicates your understanding and acceptance of
    the outlined conditions.
  • Unauthorized Use of Digital Recordings
  • Awareness of schools computer policies and
    guidelines for electronic communications
  • Discretion in personal website content
  • Be aware of social media and its possible
    implications
  • WSIB Insurance Program Form
  • WSIB coverage while on practicum
  • Contact the Practicum Office immediately with any
    injury received on placement

6
Professionalism
  • What is it?
  • A level of excellence / competence that is
    expected of a professional

7
What defines a True Teaching Professional?
  • Puts customer satisfaction first
  • Expert specialized knowledge in teaching
  • Excellent practical/communication skills
  • High quality work is in evidence doing more
    than is expected
  • High standard of professional ethics behaviour
    activities related to teaching your clients
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise
  • Praising your peers not yourself
  • Positive attitude even when times are tough

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
8
Role of the Associate Teacher
  • Teacher Candidates must contact their Associate
    Teacher prior to their first day of practicum
  • Initial contact should be by phone
  • If Associate is busy ask for a better time to
    reach Associate
  • Follow up with any messages left at the school
  • Note Many schools have online websites showing
    their daily schedules

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
9
1st Day of School
  • Report to main office 30 minutes before school
    starts (start time obtained from mentor)
  • Introduce yourself to the office administration
    state why you are in the school
  • Request the classroom location for your Associate
    Teacher
  • Find your Associate Teacher and introduce
    yourself
  • Show your enthusiasm!

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
10
1st Day of School contd..
  • Review the Associate Teacher support package with
    your Associate which will include a Practicum
    Handbook
  • Practicum Responsibilities Page 7
  • Expectations Page 10
  • Ask the Associate Teacher if there are any
    particular activities she/he would like you to do

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
11
First Impressions Count
  • Make an effort to get to know the names of the
    students by circulating in the class during seat
    work, assisting students, talking with students
    at the start/end of recess or out on the
    playground as you are supervising
  • Show your commitment to teaching by actively
    participating in the classroom and school
    community
  • Bring a lunch with you and have lunch in the
    staff room, mingle talk with other teachers

Nervousness is normal Take time each day to make
observation notes in your Practicum Binder
(recess, lunch, prep period) Stay after classes
as long as your AT needs you Minimum of 30
minutes after school is expected
SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
12
Punctuality
  • Contact your school prior to going to find out
    when the school day begins.
  • TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE UPON ENTERING THE
    SCHOOL.
  • Upon arrival, introduce yourself at the school
    office. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before
    classes begin and to remain at school at least 30
    minutes after the formal end of the school day.
  • On subsequent days, follow the lead of your
    Associate Teacher.
  • Always be in the teaching area prior to the
    arrival of students (e.g. after recess or lunch,
    or when periods are scheduled to begin in high
    schools).
  • Call the Associate Teacher, Faculty Advisor and
    the Practicum Office if you are absent from your
    placement.

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
13
Dress
  • On your first day, dress in business attire.
  • On subsequent days, dress appropriately for the
    individual school environment.
  • Exceptions in dress could include Phys. Ed.,
    field trips, the paint centre, etc.

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
14
Language/Deportment
  • Listen attentively and be respectful at all times
    when at your host school.
  • Strive to provide a positive model of oral and
    written language.
  • Use gender inclusive language and avoid the use
    of slang.
  • You are a visitor do not be drawn into school
    conflicts.

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
15
Staffroom Talk
  • The staffroom is a public place.
  • Do not be drawn into criticizing other teachers
    or the administration.
  • Frame discussions of student issues positively,
    with a focus on improving your own teaching
    practice.

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
16
Confidential Information
  • Confidential information is not to be shared
    beyond the professional context.
  • This includes
  • i) your informal observations about students
  • information from student records such as OSRs,
    IEPs, and report cards
  • iii) information relating to home and family
    background
  • iv) information relating to medical conditions
  • v) information shared informally by teachers

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
17
Student Safety
  • Refer any request to release a student from the
    classroom to your associate teacher.
  • You cannot legally assume the responsibilities of
    a certified teacher
  • Yard duty alone
  • Occasional teaching (supply)
  • Teaching alone in your Associates classroom

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
18
Beyond the First Week
  • During your practicum, be prepared with your
    lesson plans. If you know you will be absent, you
    must provide plans to your associate.
  • If you are scheduled to teach a lesson, it is
    your professional responsibility to be prepared
    to do so.
  • Absenteeism during practicum could result in
    assignment of additional teaching time.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments during your
    practice teaching blocks.
  • Professional behaviour at all times during
    practicum.

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
19
Professional Problems
  • If you encounter serious personal or professional
    problems with which you feel you cannot cope,
    please feel free to contact
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Practicum Officer
  • deanneo_at_nipissingu.ca (519) 752-1524 x7502

20
Additional Information
  • For additional information, please see
  • Nipissing Universitys Practicum Handbook 2014-15
  • http//www.nipissingu.ca/departments/brantford/pr
    acticum/Pages/Teacher-Candidate-Handbook.aspx
  • The Foundations of Professional Practice
    (Ontario College of Teachers)
  • http//www.oct.ca/publications/PDF/memos/0508_200
    5_e.pdf

21
Keys to Success
  • Be respectful to students, staff, admin, parents
  • Dont forget to smile
  • Be enthusiastic, energetic willing
  • Be punctual
  • Dress professionally
  • Learn student names

22
Questions?
23
Social Media
  • Facebook Be aware of your presence on it both as
    a student/teacher reconsider pictures and
    message boards from an admin/parent perspective.
    Do not respond to invitations from your students.
  • Limit student internet contact to board/school
    approved uses.
  • Do not post pictures of your students on Facebook
  • Ontario College of Teachers Professional
    Advisory Use of Electronic Communication and
    Social Media

http//www.oct.ca/resources/advisories/use-of-elec
tronic-communication-and-social-media
SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
24
Social Media
  • Presented by the
  • Brantford Police Services

SOURCE 2007 Ontario Government
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