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Pre-Service Teachers

     College of Education
Teaching is a profession…..

                 …therefore, candidates
                 are expected to display
                 appropriate and
                 professional behavior,
                 appearance, and
  Montana Professional Standards
              Professional Dispositions:
 Candidates for all professional roles should develop and
  demonstrate dispositions that are expected for educators,
   demonstrating ethical behaviors and attitudes of a
 professional educator, and communicating with students,
          communities, and colleagues effectively.

State of Montana
Administrative Rule
Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other professional
  school personnel know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and
professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all
                      students learn….and….meet
             professional, state, and institutional standards.
   The values, commitments, and professional ethics that
    influence behaviors toward students, families,
    colleagues and communities that affect student learning,
    motivation, and development as well as the educator’s
    own professional growth, guided by beliefs and
    attitudes related to global values such as:
          caring

          fairness

          honesty

          responsibility

          social justice

          etc.
        Professional Dispositions
   Attendance and punctuality
   Self-initiative & independence
   Reliability and dependability
   Desire to improve
   Appropriate response to feedback & supervision
   Critical thinking skills
   Collegiality
   Adequate & appropriate oral grammar & speaking skills
   Adequate & appropriate written grammar & writing skills
   Commitment to the teaching profession.
   Professional ethics and demeanor
        Professional Dispositions
   Developing skills of personal responsibility for…
     professional development and learning
     “behavior” & attitudes
     successes & achievements
     failures & mistakes

   Developing the professional maturity to
     apologize
     make  amends
     celebrate other’s successes even if you have failed
     conduct professional reflection if you have failed,
      ….and try again!
Professional Conduct
   for Pre-Service
   Arrive on time, stay the full period and/or time commitment.

   Pre-arrange any absence from your Field Experience or
    notify your Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor
    immediately if it is an “emergency” absence.

   Always have classroom & materials prepared and organized.

   Do not bring your children to your school (unless, of course,
    they attend there). Make alternative arrangements for before
    and after school care. They should not be in your
   Consistently demonstrate professional writing skills.
       All writing will be evaluated as if you were a professional educator in
        a public or private classroom. Neatness, spelling, grammar,
        penmanship, citation and referencing counts!
          Home/school written communications
          School communications
          Writing “on the board”
          Etc.

   Consistently demonstrate professional oral language
       Appropriate language, tone of voice, etc. is expected. Avoid:
          cursing/swearing or use of objectionable words
          derogatory jokes, remarks, etc.
          racist, sexist, demeaning “slurs”, remarks, or jokes
          personal remarks about religious or political views to students
          personal remarks about students and staff
          argumentative or aggressive verbal tones
          Incorrect grammar and usage (a common reason why beginning teachers
           don’t get jobs!!!)
   Always be respectful of classmates, colleagues, mentors,
    supervisors, staff and P-12 students.
       Respect staff and administration’s practices, beliefs, classroom
        management, instructional styles, etc.
       Set aside magazines, materials & “stuff”, laptop games, “chit-chat” ,
        etc. during in-services, workshops, meetings, etc.

   Consistently demonstrate professional social skills.
       CAUTION: the “teacher lounge trap” ~ don’t gossip!

   Maintain confidentiality of students and staff.
       Avoid using specific names of staff, students, and locations except
        with university supervisor, the Director of CAFÉ, and college and/or
        school faculty and administrators.
       NEVER discuss anything about a student outside of appropriate
        professional settings.
    There are legal penalties for a
      breach of confidentiality.

 You will be personally liable

  for all legal actions and penalties
and you will fail student teaching if any
    allegations are substantiated.
   Use extreme caution with ANY personal medication(s).
    Inform yourself of the school’s policy.

   Smoking, smokeless tobacco, illegal drugs and alcohol are
    not allowed on school property.
        College students working in any field experience site are
         PROHIBITED from distribution or dispensing of tobacco products,
         drugs (illegal or legal), or alcohol on site, or away from the site with
         students or clients, in accordance with related state and federal

                      FAILURE TO COMPLY
   You are a GUEST in your school – please avoid:
       Casual blue jeans (except on sanctioned “dress down days”)
       Mini and low-rise skirts
       Crop tops, low cut tops, or spaghetti straps
       T-Shirts with logos/words (other than school sanctioned)
       Low-cut pants and “baggy britches”
       Overly tight-fitting clothing
       Strong scented perfumes, aftershaves, tobacco odor, etc.
       “Spiky-high fashion” shoes or “flip-flops”
       Baseball-style caps
       Obvious body piercings or tattoos – minimize, remove, or cover -
        and - check on the school’s policy.
       Gum, food, tongue studs (remove them for the school day!). because
        of effect on oral speech enunciation.
       Cell phone and pager usage during class time
   YES!
       Dress conservatively
       Shirts with collars
           Guys: ties optional (observe male staff or ask!)

       Khakis, slacks, “Docker” style pants, etc.
       Comfortable skirts & dresses
       Socks
       “Leather-like” shoes that are comfortable
       Be practical and professional – life in P-12 settings can be hard on
        clothing and shoes – don’t wear anything you don’t want damaged!
        This is not the time or place for a “fashion show”!
       Do the “mirror test”. Bend over, stretch, lean down, and kneel – if you
        see skin where you shouldn’t don’t wear it to school. A good “rule of
        thumb” – collarbone to top of knee cap should be covered.
                Professional Conduct
   Respect professional boundaries - DO NOT:
       Date students, teachers, staff, or supervisors
       Develop a “personal friendship” with students
       Transport students in a vehicle at anytime, under any circumstances
       Invite students to meet you off school property
       Visit students at their home or have students come to your home
           Exception: Authorized “home visits” that are part of the program…but
             you MUST have a supervisor with you.

   Sexual Harassment
     Do not be alone with a P-12 student. If you must:
         First notify your mentor teacher
         Sit in full view (to the hallway) with an open door
         Sit on opposite side of desk or table – or at least on adjacent side (avoid
          “shoulder to shoulder”)
         Keep all the lights on and window blinds open
     Do not sexually harass any student, staff member, or visitor
     Counseling Settings: make every reasonable effort to avoid even the
      appearance of actions that could be interpreted as sexual harassment of
      students and/or co-workers.
                 Professional Conduct
   Respect personal boundaries
       Do not use corporal punishment
           Hitting, slapping, shoving, paddling, grabbing, etc.

       If you initiate “time outs”, do so only under direct supervision and
        follow all school and state-sanctioned guidelines and policies.
       USE EXTREME CAUTION with all physical contact including hugs,
        “back-pats”, touching, etc.
       Notify your university supervisor if you implement aversive treatment
        of a P-12 student or are concerned a student may alleged that
        inappropriate touching or harassment has occurred.

Career Killers
   Gossip, whining, & griping
   Breach of confidentiality
   Substance abuse
   Tardiness & absenteeism
   Academic incompetence
   Poor oral speaking skills
   Poor writing skills
   Unprofessional behavior and
    demeanor as described in this
           BOTTOM LINE…

  You have the civil right to present
      yourself as you see fit….


    site administrators, university
supervisors, faculty and administrators
 have the AUTHORITY to remove you
     from the site if they see fit….
    Miscellaneous Responsibilities
   Learn the safety regulations. Know exactly what to do for:
       Fire and other safety drills and evacuations
       Weapons & bomb threats
       First aid situations, including school district policy about giving aid
       Lock-Down procedures (preplan care for your children if you can’t leave the school!)
       People authorized for pick-up and delivery of students
   Use of Public Property
       Use property only in accordance with the rules and regulations of the school
        and district. No equipment, supplies or materials may be taken off-site
        without expressed permission.
   Drug use, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, potential suicide,
    harm to others, etc.
     Helping professionals and teachers are required to report.
     Report full knowledge to your mentor teacher and university supervisor,
            The school will have specific guidelines regarding the steps to be taken. Your
             responsibility is to inform without delay and to follow the procedures of the
             school and district.
   Communicable Diseases
       Always protect yourself – strictly follow blood borne pathogens
       Always have rubber gloves on you (this is why teachers like
        pockets!) or near you.

   Liability
       There is always a risk that you can be held liable for a situation
        during a field experience.
       Most school districts will not “cover” personal liability cases or
        judgments against an individual.
       We strongly recommend that you acquire liability insurance.
           Personal policy

           Student MEA-MFT membership

               $20.00 per year

               $1 Million liability insurance coverage
“The Buck Stops Here…..”
               Maintain a positive, professional
                attitude, even if things are
                getting “rough and tough.”

               Please conduct yourself in a
                manner befitting a member of
                the teaching profession!

               You must follow any other
                ethical and professional
                standards set by the
                school/agency in which you are
                completing a field experience.

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