Site Based Experiences
The College of Education at Butler University provides early
site based experiences for education students. Site based
field experiences are considered an integral part of the
preparation program and are designed for prospective teachers to
have early and significant experiences throughout their
professional development from freshman through the senior year.
The goal of the beginning site based experiences is for the
student to assess or reaffirm his/her commitment to the teaching
profession. The sequence of experiences is designed to be
developmental, beginning with observations and continuing through
beginning teaching tasks, in preparation for the full time student
The program is designed cooperatively by university faculty and
school personnel. All observations and activities attempted
in the public and private schools must be accomplished
professionally without interrupting or interfering with the school
program. University students are guests in the host school.
Each site based experience is attached to a specific
course. All requirements should be completed while the student
is enrolled in the course. These placements are arranged by
the professor. The student may be responsible for contacting
the site based teacher to make final arrangements regarding
specific times for the assignment. The university student
needs to be aware of his or her academic schedule and know when he
or she is available to participate in the school. The students
must not fail to arrive at the pre-arranged time. Candidates
provide their own transportation.
Each experience provides the student with the opportunity to
display a professional attitude toward teaching and the education
profession as a whole. As a pre-professional in education the
student should view the site based observation/ participation as an
opportunity to gather first hand information concerning the duties
and responsibilities of the professional educator. The
participant in this situation is no longer in the role of a
student, nor has he/she attained the position of a teacher.
Attendance expectations for site based experiences are the same
as for any other university course. It is important to keep in
mind that the assistance of practicing teachers is voluntary and in
the interest of their chosen profession and pre-professional
student's development. It is expected that each student
arrive at or before the scheduled time that has been
prearranged. The student should be aware that as a
pre-professional he/she is expected to follow the roles and
policies of the host school. This would include appropriate
dress and ethical behavior.
The success of site based experiences is highly dependent on the
student displaying appropriate dispositions. The following
dispositions have been adopted by the College of Education as being
reflective of the college's Core Values. As such, they are
indicative of personal characteristics deemed essential to success
in interpersonal relationships with students, parents, and
colleagues. Additionally they reflect a positive self-image,
law-abiding behavior, and an absence of traits associated with
impaired professionals. The purpose of assessing such
dispositions is to help assure that not only do our graduates have
the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed professionally, but
that they will do no harm to their students, to their colleagues,
or to themselves.
The following are expected dispositions and positive qualities
associated with them
How to get an A+ in Dispositions
Your Dispositions will be evaluated in your classes at Butler
University and all grade school activities.
Displays appropriate level of professional behavior.
- Dresses appropriately for ALL classes (at Butler University and
all grade school activities).
- Maintains a professional manner at all times.
- Demonstrates respect for professors, guests and peers.
- Performs assigned duties with best effort.
- Submits required work on time and accurately.
- Is independent and responsible for requirements of your own
learning course sequences and divided courses. Assumes
responsibility for the classroom and the students' success.
- Acts "globally" around the school for the benefit of the whole
Takes personal responsibility for one's own behavior.
- Admits mistakes and corrects them immediately.
- Thinks about and reflects on practice.
Shows appreciation for diversity and similarity.
- Treats students equitably, fairly, and with respect.
- Demonstrates appreciation for cultural and linguistic
- Plans lessons that include activities and strategies to engage
students of various ability levels and learning styles.
- Plans lessons which include required accommodations for
students with special needs.
Shows caring, concern, patience.
- Listens attentively to student questions and comments.
- Responds to students with respect, even in difficult
- Addresses other students by name.
- Directs students to address one another in a positive and
- Disciplines students with dignity and respect.
Demonstrates appropriate professional ethics.
- Maintains confidential trust and respect.
- Keeps a log of communication with parents.
- Keeps records of team conferences or teacher conferences with
- Maintains copies of all correspondence (written, email)
concerning student progress.
- Follows all relevant ethical codes of professional
Shows an appreciation for knowledge and skills in the
- Is structured, yet flexible and spontaneous.
- Is responsive to situations and students' needs.
- Enjoys teaching and expects students to enjoy learning.
- Shows passion for learning.
Shows appropriate engagement with the teaching, learning, and
- Monitors student engagement in all activities and
- Adjusts the delivery and pacing of the lesson in response to
- Provides verbal, nonverbal, and written feedback.
- Engages in discussion and questioning that leads to
- Learns from and uses assessments to improve performance.
Demonstrates the ability to effectively collaborate with
- Practices honest two-way communication with students as well as
with all school and university personnel.
- Attends required meetings; is a team player.
- Seeks community involvement.
- Treats colleagues with respect and collegiality.
[Many of these indicators come from the following
resource: Stronge, James. (2002). Qualities of
Effective Teachers. ASCD.]
- The student will be asked to sign an experiential education
agreement before participating in any site based experience.
- The student in our site based experiences is expected to
support and enhance the educational program of the school and the
College of Education of Butler University.
- The Butler student will recognize the building principal and
extend a personal thank you to this administrator for hosting our
- The Butler student should remember that the classroom teacher
is legally responsible for the class.
- The Butler student should refrain from imposing religious or
political views upon pupils and should exhibit a
broad-minded, tolerant attitude.
- Any information which the Butler student receives about pupils
in the class or school must be kept confidential.
- The Butler student should support the classroom teacher in
matters of school discipline.
- The Butler student will be a willing member of the educational
- The Butler student will be positive and accept supervision and
suggestions from the professional staff.
- The Butler student will wear appropriate attire at the field
- In case of illness or necessary absence it is the student's
responsibility to notify the Professor and appropriate school
- The Butler student will always be prepared for classroom
- The Butler student may be asked to provide a criminal
background check to each school district prior to participating in
a site based experience. Check with your course instructor.
Three methods to obtain the limited criminal background check are
outlined in this Guide under the Teacher Licensing section.
Based/Student Experiential Education Agreement (Word)