I believe it is your responsibility to help the student teacher. If the student
teacher is unaware that their dress and mannerisms are not professional
then they need to alter them.
You are in charge of seeing that the student teachers become the best
teachers they can be. You are the last person these students will have as a
model, teacher, and co-worker before they are out there on their own as a
professional themselves. Teaching the students is one aspect of becoming
a teacher. Appearance, social interaction, parent communication, embassador
for the district, researcher, and professionalism are also important aspects of
a good professional teacher.
Can you imagine a parent coming for a visit to discuss the success of their
child and what greets them is a sloppy dresser that stinks and is
in their conversation? It not only can discredit the teacher, but the
In my district, we have student teachers all the time. I live in a town
major universities. The school district is a highly professional and
highly visible work place. I don't believe that it is required or stated
dress, manner, and professionalism are mandated, but it is EXPECTED that
these matters are addressed appropriately. To do so otherwise, is not even
an issue. Don't get me wrong, we are not stuffy by any means, but we are
As far as art goes, the student teachers under my charge research topics,
instruct students, take care of after school activities, attend professional
development, hold parent conferences, plan with other teachers, attend
PTA meetings, etc. We discuss professionalism, attire, behavior management,
and yes, we talk about the TV show we saw last night or their current beau.
In short, do whatever you can to make the future art teacher someone
a district needs to hire and is a credit to the profession. Afterall, the
future of art and art education could be in your classroom!
Lauren H. Killam