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practice teaching and beyond professional conduct and deportment

Practice Teaching and Beyond…Professional Conduct and Deportment

…First Impressions are Lasting Ones



What is it?

A level of excellence / competence that is expected of a professional

teacher professionalism the ontario college of teachers
Teacher Professionalism & the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Under the Teaching Profession Act, “…every student in a teachers’ college or in a college of education in Ontario is an associate member of the Federation.”
  • As such, it is expected that all Teacher Candidates conform to the responsibilities and duties of a teaching professional.
  • Teacher Candidates should carefully read and demonstrate the Ethical Standards and Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession.
  • Standards have been developed by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to guide the quality of instruction in Ontario schools and to promote excellence in the interactions between teachers, pupils and school communities.

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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

What defines a True Teaching Professional?

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

contacting your 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

Contacting Your Associate Teacher

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

1 st 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!

1st Day of School

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

1 st day of school cont d
Review the Practicum Handbook with your Associate Teacher

Practicum Responsibilities: Page 7

Expectations: Page 10

Ask the Associate Teacher if there are any particular activities she/he would like you to do

1st Day of School cont’d..

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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

First Impressions Count

Nervousness is normal. Take time each day to make observation notes in your Practicum Binder (recess, lunch, prep period)

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

Contact your school prior to going to find out when the school day begins


Upon arrival, introduce yourself at the school office. Plan to arrive at least a ½ an hour 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. Stay as long as he/she needs you. Minimum of 30 minutes after school is expected.

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.

See page 8 of the Practicum Handbook


SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

See page 8 of the Practicum Handbook

Call the Associate Teacher and the Practicum Office if you are absent from your placement

Prepare the lessons as planned and provide for the Associate Teacher before classes begin, if absent

Must reschedule absent days in consultation with Associate Teacher

Medical certificate is required for any absence of two days or more

Participate in Professional Development Days as appropriate


SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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

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.

Be polite at all times.

Use gender inclusive language and avoid the use of slang.

You are a visitor – do not be drawn into school conflicts.

Avoid gossip and/or making inappropriate statements about students or staff both inside and outside of the school

Be aware of school rules (e.g., cell phones, security procedures, attendance, Health & Safety procedures)


SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

staffroom talk
Remember: 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.

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Staffroom Talk

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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

Confidential Information

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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 Associate’s classroom

Protocol for dealing with severe allergies (e.g. storage of epi-pens)

Familiarity with School’s Policy Handbook/Student Agenda

Personal Safety: See Work/Education Placement Agreement Form on page 3 o of the Practicum Handbook

Student Safety

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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

Social Media

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

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.

Beyond the First Week

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

professional responsibilities
Teacher Candidates:

Police Vulnerable Sector Check



Practicum Binder

Lesson Planning

Complete Reflections

Course-related Assignments

Collaborate with Mentor

Professional Responsibilities

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

professional responsibilities1
Know practicum expectations and review them with the Associate Teacher (page 10 of Practicum Handbook)

Practicum Schedule

Consists of 10 Mondays during January, February and March

Final week of placement

April, 2013

Note: Refer to the Practicum Handbook for Practicum calendar and dates (page 6 of Practicum Handbook)

Professional Responsibilities

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

practicum expectations
Practicum Expectations
  • See page 10 in the Practicum Handbook
  • Year 1 Expectations are as follows:
    • Observe Associate Teacher and write observations
    • Maintain a Practicum Teaching Binder with ongoing observations, and written reflections for all lessons
    • Assist with small groups and regular classroom routines
    • Conduct a classroom routine by the end of January, or after completing 3 practicum teaching days (e.g., planned directions or questions), and complete written reflections following these activities.
    • Be actively involved with students in activities such as working with small groups, readings stories, playing games, leading opening exercises and other varied activities
    • Plan the first lesson with one grade, if in a combined grade class
    • Co-plan and co-teach one lesson with Mentor, or Associate Teacher’s assistance by the end of January, or after complete 4 practicum teaching days
    • Continue to work with Mentor and Associate Teacher to develop co-taught lessons
    • Continue to teach one lesson per week as appropriate
    • Teach one lesson per day during the 5 consecutive teaching days in April
    • Provide ongoing assistance and program support in the remaining class time

SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

See page 14 in the Practicum Handbook

Each Novice will be placed with a Mentor from an upper year of the program (Year 2 or 3)

The pairs will ideally be placed within the same classroom if not in the same school

Work cooperatively with Mentor and Associate Teacher (co-plan and co-teach)

Communicate regularly and uphold confidentiality

Foster a positive relationship with mentor: Provide feedback and reflections to the mentor based on observations (constructive criticism)

Demonstrate a positive attitude


SOURCE: 2007 Ontario Government

professional concerns
Professional Concerns

If you encounter serious personal or professional concerns with which you require assistance, please feel free to contact:

The Practicum Office

519-752-1524 ext. 7503

Room 201, 50 Wellington Street

Deanne Osborne:

Jamie McGinnis:

professional resources
Professional Resources
  • For additional information, please see:
    • Nipissing University’s Practicum Handbook 2013-2014

    • The “Foundations of Professional Practice” (Ontario College of Teachers)

keys to success
Keys to Success
  • Be respectful to students, staff, admin, parents
  • Don’t forget to smile
  • Be enthusiastic, energetic & willing
  • Be punctual
  • Dress professionally
  • Learn student names