My pre-service teacher is speaking inappropriately to myself or other staff, what should I do?

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Expectations for professionalism and teacher talk is a topic that is addressed at University in depth so students should be aware of what is appropriate and inappropriate. However, some students might need extra guidance in understanding how to speak professionally with staff in a school setting. If your PST is using inappropriate language or speaking about inappropriate topics with yourself … Read More

My pre-service teacher is using unprofessional talk with students, how should I handle this?

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Some students might need extra guidance in understanding how to speak professionally with students – expectations for teacher talk is a topic that is addressed at in depth at University. Occasionally PSTs may slip up with silly conversations (what they were watching on Youtube, did on the weekend etc.) or informal language (OMG, WTF, soft swear words like bugger etc.). … Read More

My pre-service teacher is dressing inappropriately, what should I say?

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Whilst every school setting has differing expectations for professional attire there are some common expectations that are held in relation to what PSTs should wear whilst on placement. As a general rule of thumb RMIT professional attire expectations include: No tracksuits (except for sports days) Closed toe shoes Higher neckline tops for girls so that cleavage covered (no bra straps … Read More

My pre-service teacher is arriving late or leaving early, what should I do?

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At RMIT we expect pre-service teachers to arrive at school between 8am-8.30am or at a time organised with their mentor teacher. PSTs are expected to remain after school hours  to discuss, plan and prepare for teaching. We encourage students to be guided by what their mentor teacher says and does. It is essential that you discuss your school’s expectations as … Read More