Oh holy crap, I have about 2 months and then my field placement officially begins.
Background: I am currently studying to gain my masters in Teaching for Special Education. So when I leave, I will be qualified to teach children in both a mainstream and a special education environment (K-7).
One of the areas where we get gypped slightly is in the number of days in schools.
Undergrads get 80 days spread out over 4 years. We get about 60 days required for registration, but we also spend 5 days in a school to plan, something the undergrads DON'T get. My 5 days in a school to plan are coming up soon. I have heard that this placement will be in a mainstream environment, while the second one will be in a special education environment, whether that be a special unit or special class.
So for anyone who's done a teaching placement, I need help! Mostly, in a few areas:
-I've been told to dress "conservatively" for placement, although I'm not 100% sure about what's conservative for little kids. I don't want to look too intimidating in front of them dressing in all black, so anything I should avoid? (for the record, I don't dress like a hooker anyway
-I have requested that I don't be placed in a religious school as it's incompatible with my own beliefs. If I DO get placed in a school like this, how can I try and make the experience as smooth as possible? (they aren't obviously going to stick me in the Muslim school)
-Any other general tips to make the experience smooth?
I should find out in a few weeks where I'm going to be allocated and I'm hoping for an alternative education environment, because I would like to see how the needs of special education children are met in those environments (if they are met) as well as adapt them for my own usage.