Guidelines for Classroom Observation

Planning on observing a classroom this semester? If so, here are some guidelines to follow. Remember, you aren't just representing yourself when you sit in on a classroom — you're representing Eastern Illinois University and the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Studies.

Follow the Law!

  • Make sure you have completed your first criminal background investigation. You receive this paperwork at your ";admission to teacher education"; meeting.
  • Wear your Panther Card in an ID/badge holder so it is visible at all times.
  • Park in spots indicated for visitors.
  • Sign in and out of the building.

Dress Appropriately!

  • No hats, T-shirts, low-cut shirts or pants.
  • If you cannot bend over without revealing undergarments or skin, DO NOT WEAR IT!
  • Remove distracting body jewelry. Many schools will only allow earrings.
  • Be well-groomed (e.g. teeth brushed, clean hair, clean hands/nails).
  • Collared shirts for males.
  • No jeans, shorts, flip-flops, etc.
  • Take your dress code cues from the building principal.
  • Do not wear heavy colognes or perfumes. Many children are sensitive/allergic.

You Are a Guest of the School and Teacher!

  • Behave in such a way that you will be welcomed back.
  • Be polite to all staff and students.
  • If you cannot attend your assigned observation, you MUST contact the school immediately and inform the teacher. Failure to do so may jeopardize future observations in that school or with that teacher.
  • Write a thank you note to the teacher, especially if you observe her/him more than once.

Act Professionally!

  • Be on time. Allow yourself time to park, sign in, and find the classroom. This may take as many as 10-15 extra minutes, so plan accordingly.
  • Do not enter the school eating, drinking or chewing gum.
  • Do not smoke on school grounds.

Document Your Observation/Participation!

  • Check with your EIU instructor regarding how she/he wants this done.