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Student Teaching

As you prepare and enter your student teaching experience, please be sure to check this site for tools and deadlines.

Time Requirements:

This is a 9-credit student teaching experience, which requires 360 hours, with at least 180 hours of actual teaching time.

Observation time is that time when the student teacher is watching someone else do something. Teaching hours are to be recorded whenever the student teacher is working with or responsible for children. This includes hall duty, cafeteria duty, playground duty, etc. Most student teachers end the experience with far more actual teaching hours than observation hours.

Student teachers are responsible for recording their time. Several forms are available for recording student teaching time. Student teachers should place the forms where s/he will see them on a daily basis and remember to record his/her hours each day. Reconstructing hours, after the fact, is extremely difficult.

Dress Code:

Area school districts and early learning facilities require those working in their buildings to dress professionally. They have identified the following items as professional and unprofessional attire for those who wish to work with their students in their buildings.

Professional attire (the to wear list) includes :
dresses, skirts (no more than 3" above the knee), blouses, polo shirts, sweaters, jackets, pant suits, suits, blazers, dress slacks/khakis, shirt and tie, leather or suede shoes or dress sandals.

Unprofessional attire (the not to wear list) includes such items as : leggings; stretch pants; stirrup pants; spandex pants; denim jeans of any color; athletic wear such as sweat pants or sweat shirts; shorts; tank tops; t-shirts; bare midriffs; halter-tops; short skirts; clothes with holes; clothing that depicts images or texts; leisure sandals (such as flip-flops and thongs); sneakers; clothing that reveals one's stomach, private areas, or underwear -either when standing or kneeling/bending over or stretching; and see-through shirts or skirts.

Schools and centers reserve the right to ask candidates to remove jewelry, particularly pierced body jewelry.

TO SIGNIFY THAT YOU ARE IN A SCHOOL BUILDING LEGITIMATELY, SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU TO WEAR THEIR ID TAGS AT ALL TIMES.

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2011 graduate and Alexandria, Virginia middle school teacher Rachel Paine gives advice to student teachers