Requesting ST Placement?

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  1. gutterballjen

    gutterballjen Comrade

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    I've been subbing for a K teacher in one school quite often this semester. Today at recess, one of her teammates suggested that I should do my ST at that school. Later, I asked the teacher I was subbing for what she thought of the idea. Her face lit up, and said that she would fight to have me as her ST. :wub: Then she said that I should talk to the P, and see if there's anything he can do.

    After school I poked my head into his office. I told him that I really enjoyed his school, and wondered if there was any chance that I could ST there next year. He gave me a name of the field placement coordinator, and told me to call her and request his school.

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to approach this. Should I talk to the field office at my school first, and then talk to the coordinator for the school district? Or should I contact the district to see if this is even possible before contacting my school?

    I really think that this is an opportunity knocking, and I don't want to mess this up. :help:
     
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  3. JackTrader

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    You need to check with the practices/protocols of your program. My program specifically prohibits STs from going out and contacting schools for placements because it interferes with the established channels - the field coordinator is supposed to place you.

    However, it wouldn't prevent you from suggesting the program people to call/request a placement with a certain school. Thus, I think the wise thing would probably to talk to your school (credential program) people first, then have them contact the district you want to be placed.

    I think it is great that someone in the district wants you - it definitely increases the chances of being successful in a ST assignment! Good luck!
     
  4. MissSkippyjonJones

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    Call your school first. When I did my STing I wanted to do it at the school I was an aide at, but their schedule and my university's schedule didn't work together so I was unable. I was able to request my district though, and when it came time for my second placement I asked for a specfic school, but the teacher was assigned to me.
     
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    In my district, student teachers are allowed to request schools and the university tries to accommodate them if they can find enough willing cooperating teachers.
     
  6. clarnet73

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    When i was in college, we weren't allowed to ST at any schools where we have close friends or family members... they don't want friction in case it's not a good placement for you. I don't know if that's normal everywhere, though. We requested a geographical area (1st, 2nd, 3rd choice) and were placed within it. Didn't have control over grade level or district or school.
     
  7. gutterballjen

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    I e-mailed my field office, and apparently I've already been placed! Sad news, but maybe it's for the best?
     
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    Be disappointed for a while...and then start getting excited about all the new people you will meet and the wonderful teaching experience you will have ahead of you!
     
  9. Kangaroo22

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    I think it will end up being a good thing for you, as you will make even more contacts to help you get a job later on.
     
  10. futureteach21

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    Everything happens for a reason. You have contacts already at this school, so now you will just make more at your ST placement school!
     

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