General Expectations

You are part of the teaching staff of the program. We depend on you. Punctuality is your professional responsibility. Absences are only accepted for illness or family emergencies. If you must be absent, you must notify the Center office at (603) 535-2299 and your mentor educator as soon as possible so that we may find a substitute for you.

You will be actively involved with children and materials both indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately (casual clothes for activities, hat, mittens, and boots in winter). You will go outdoors with children in all weather. It’s easier to enjoy activities with children when you are not concerned about your clothes or comfort.

We will share personal information about children, families, and ourselves. Respecting confidentiality is your professional responsibility.

You will be involved in: planning, set-up, activity supervision, clean-up, outdoor play supervision, appearance of the Center, guidance and discipline, preparing and cleaning up snack, dressing, seminars, parent interaction and communication, and other tasks as requested by your mentor educator.

You will be part of a teaching team including professional staff and university students. We need to be supportive of each other and responsible to the team. We all have different backgrounds. Each contributes to other’s learning and growth. Teamwork is your professional responsibility.

Don’t be surprised if you feel confused and overwhelmed at first. Part of growing is trying things. We all learn through our experiences—some experiences are more successful than others. We expect you to take initiative, make mistakes, ask questions, be enthusiastic and demonstrate a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!

Self-reflection and feedback are important components of your professional growth and experience. Your cooperating teacher and faculty supervisor will give you ongoing written and verbal feedback. If you feel you need more feedback than what you are receiving, please do not be afraid to ask for it.

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