Yikes! Professional to be?

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Yikes! Professional to be?
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 8:19pm

Our community has two four-year universities with education programs. About three years ago

Sherry
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 11:43am
I think student teachers should have to follow the same dress code as the teachers in the school in which they are placed. In some schools, there is not much of a dress code for teachers. In some schools, they are pretty strict. In my last school, we had a pretty strict dress code for the teachers. We couldn't even wear backless shoes, let alone flip-flops and the admin. WOULD write you up if you violated it.
I think student teachers need to dress nicely for the additional reason that it sets them apart from the students. I've only worked in 6-12, so sometimes if the student teachers are not dressed up, it's very difficult to distinguish them from the students. I think it helps the students respect the student teachers more if they are dressed up. They shouldn't resemble their friends. JMHO
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 2:59pm

I do think that student teachers and volunteers should follow the same dress code as the teachers.

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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 7:22pm
I agree with you Beth about some professors not teaching their college students. I had a professor in library school who was like that. This was the school media track so all of us wanted to teach in k-12. We used to call her the cruise director because in almost every single class we had a guest speaker. She never taught! It was amazing. It was like she was the entertainment director on a cruise ship, hence the nickname.
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 10-21-2011 - 2:36pm
I think field experience is different from student teaching. My field experiences started when I was a sophomore in college and we had to do one half hour or hour visit a week. Sometimes we'd just be observing and other times it would be actually teaching a lesson we had created. It was usually a class we had to sign up for and would be placed somewhere between our other classes. In that situation, we were told to dress appropriately, but we did not have to look like the teacher. It made sense for that situation.

When I student taught, I did have to follow that school's dress code. It was an all day thing, though. Not just something we did between other classes.

Another thing to consider is that college students are usually poor. I could afford khakis from walmart and that's about it.

Short shorts and low cut tops are definitel not appropriate, but I wouldn't expect a college student who is there briefly to dress just like a teacher.
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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 3:48pm
Yes, I know student teachers are often poor college students. I put myself through college but, many students can buy two pairs of dress pants and a couple of blouses I would guess. As you said walmart has cheap clothes. Jeans can be incredibly expensive and yet kids still manage to buy them. I'm not expecting student teachers to dress like someone making 50k a year, just not to look like the students themselves.
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Sat, 10-22-2011 - 9:27am

The college students seem to have plenty of money for Iphones, ipods, Starbucks

Sherry
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Sat, 10-22-2011 - 11:24am

When I first started dressing for field experience, I would overdo it too.

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 7:19pm

I think maybe you're using the terms "field experience" and "student teaching" interchangably, when they were not the same where I went to college.