AR/AC Tutor Expectations

There are certain expectations for professional dress, manner and language that are necessary for working in any educational environment. It is important for us all to be conscientious in attending to these spoken and unspoken expectations. We will discuss these expectations with you and we will monitor them at your site, giving you specific feedback if you need to be more attentive to any of these areas. It is crucial to your employment future and to us as we continue to work in our community that these expectations are taken seriously. If you have any questions about these expectations, please contact the AR/AC office.


It is critical that the privacy of teachers and students be respected and protected throughout your experiences.

  • We have an obligation to comply with rigorous standards of confidentiality
  • Delete students' and teachers' names from all your written work and materials that come from the school
  • Select pseudonyms to use as you write and talk about your learning experiences. This is important on campus, in schools, and among your peers and family. It is both an ethical and professional obligation that comes with the trust that is placed on you as you work in these schools


If you are sick or are unable to come at your scheduled hours, you must notify your classroom teacher immediately.

  • Students and teachers plan for your participation and look forward to you being there
  • They come to depend on your presence as well
  • If you are absent or late without appropriate notice, we may need to consider discontinuing you from the position
  • When you call the school to inform your classroom teacher of your absence, please make sure to speak to a person at the school; do not leave a message on the school's machine (messages on the school's machine are often not checked until the end of the day). Agree with your site the best method of communication.
  • Find out from the school the best number to call to let them know when you are unable to be there
  • Also ask for the home number of your classroom teacher, so that you can call him/her the night before if possible
  • Note: In case of a snow day, listen to the radio in the morning to check for school cancellations, or visit the school's website

Difficult Circumstances

If a problem, question or troubling/confusing situation should arise for you, let your classroom teacher know.

  • If you do not feel comfortable talking with him/her, you may talk with your on-site supervisor or the ISU AR/AC staff
  • Communicating your needs and any challenges you may be facing is an essential part of your job and we ask that you stay aware of this


If you are working with a student(s) who is experiencing a great deal of discipline problems, you need to talk with your classroom teacher to have this set-up changed.

  • You should not be in charge of or responsible for constant discipline of a student(s)
  • Please discuss with your classroom teacher how he/she handles and what language he/she uses to alert the child of their behavior/misconduct
  • Ask for a copy of the classroom rules and any special management procedures so that your message to the children is consistent with the teacher's
  • If you should say something to the child, please talk to the child in such a way that the rest of the class will not hear
  • Also, make sure that you are expressing positive discipline in a calm, gentle manner. It is usually helpful to phrase what you want to say in terms of how it makes you feel such as "It makes me sad when you don't listen to me" or "I don't like it when you won't sit in your chair."
  • If the student(s) persists in not following directions, mention to him/her that you will have to talk with the teacher

We Are Learners

We are in the schools to help support the literacy learning and improvement of math capabilities of young children and families. We will also learn tremendously from each classroom and school in which we participate. There is much to learn!

  • It is likely that you will form opinions of what you see and do
  • It is not appropriate to criticize or judge yourself, peers, students, or teachers verbally and/or in your writing
  • It is appropriate to ask questions, wonder about why things are done the way they are, and to consider how and why you might do them differently
  • If something doesn't seem to go well for you, don't think "I failed"; if students cannot do what you ask them, don't think "They are dumb"; and if you disagree with your classroom teacher's practices, don't think "S/he's a bad teacher." Be a curious and open minded learner and think. "OK. What did I learn? What do I need to learn or practice? This is what a child can do. Where do I go from here? Do I understand why my classroom teacher is doing it this way? What's an alternative I could try?"