My pre-service teacher has a bad attitude and is not participating satisfactorily at school, what should I do?

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Occasionally PSTs struggle with the reality of what being a teacher involves. At other times there are things going on in PSTs lives outside of school that impact their attitude and ability to function at school. If you are concerned about your PSTs attitude or their participation on placement this issue needs to be addressed immediately. Below is a series … Read More

My pre-service teacher is doing their Uni work during class time, are they supposed to be doing this?

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Whilst pre-service teachers do have lots of work to complete while they are on placement they should always be focusing on and working with your students during class time. They should not be working on their lesson plans or other assignments during class time. The only exception to this is if they are completing a university designated classroom audit or … Read More

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 using unprofessional talk with their buddy/peers, what should I do?

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Some students may need extra guidance in understanding how to speak and work professionally and in a supportive capacity with their buddy/peers. Expectations for teacher talk is a topic that is addressed in workshops at RMIT prior to placement. Occasionally however, there are personal/friendship/cultural issues that get in the way of supportive working relationships between peers. As a mentor teacher … Read More