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Department of Secondary Education

Field Experience Expectations


Pre-professional teachers are expected to achieve the following:

Assessment   Collect and use data gathered from a variety of sources, including both traditional and alternate assessment strategies.  Furthermore, the teacher can identify and match the student's instructional plan with their cognitive, social, linguistic, cultural, emotional, and physical needs.

Collegiality   Collaborate with the cooperating teacher, other student teachers, and the teacher education supervisor to foster collegiality and to build a support network.

Communication   Effectively communicate in the classroom and in the school community.  S/he is in the process of acquiring additional techniques, which s/he will use in the classroom.

Continuous improvement   Realize that s/he is in the initial stages of a lifelong learning process and that self-reflection is one of the key components of that process.  The teacher's continued professional improvement is also characterized by work with immediate colleagues and teammates and meeting the goals of a personal, professional development plan.

Critical thinking   Acquire performance assessment techniques and strategies that measure higher order thinking skills in students and build a repertoire of realistic projects and problem-solving activities designed to assist all students in demonstrating their ability to think creatively.

Diversity   Establish a comfortable environment which accepts and fosters diversity.  Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of varied cultures and linguistic backgrounds and model behaviors such as acceptance, tolerance, resolution, and mediation.

Ethics Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida.

Human Development and Learning   Plan instructional activities drawing upon well-established human development/learning theories and concepts and a variety of information about students.

Initiative and Resourcefulness   Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness to enhance teaching and make informed decisions about the community and the school through participation in co-curricular activities and other school functions.  

Knowledge of Subject Matter   Demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter and apply it appropriately and effectively.  Understand that the subject is linked to other disciplines and can be applied to real world integrated settings.

Learning Environments   Create effective learning environments and use a variety of techniques and strategies, including some that provide opportunities for student input into the processes.

Planning   Set high expectations for all students and work with other professionals to design learning experiences that meet students' needs and interests.  S/he continually seeks advice/information from appropriate resources including feedback, interprets the information, and modifies plans appropriately.

Professional Behaviors s  Demonstrate professional behavior by implementing district policies, reporting promptly and regularly to teaching and related duties, completing all assignments in a timely and thorough manner, practicing fairness, maintaining confidentiality when appropriate, and being a role model for students. 

Role of the Teacher   Communicate and work cooperatively with families and colleagues to improve the educational experiences at the school.

Technology   Use technology as available at the school site and as appropriate to the learner.  Provide students with opportunities to use technology.  Use technology to manage, evaluate, and improve instruction.


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