Planning on observing a classroom this semester? Remember, you aren't just representing yourself when you participate in a K-12 classroom — you're representing Eastern Illinois University and the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Studies. Read the following guidelines then follow the instructions on requesting to observe in a K-12 classroom.
Covid Update: Check with your instructor for information about policies or guidelines related to student teaching during the pandemic before requesting observation hours.
Make sure you have completed your first criminal background investigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check with your EIU instructor regarding how she/he wants this completed.
Click here to begin the process of requesting an observation placement.