Think about this scenario.
An instructor and student have the following interpretations and expectations about the same situation:
Instructor’s Interpretation – Students leave early and do not finish their work.
Student’s Expectation – I expect to leave when my hours are done; I’m not going to work overtime for free.
Instructor’s Expectation – Part of learning to be a professional is finishing your cases at the end of the day; I expect you to stay late when it’s needed.
What are some of the actions that you might explore to address the issue? Enter your response below.
2. At the beginning, clearly communicate your expectations for student performance for behaviours and skills.
NOTE: We often take for granted that there is a universally accepted standard of professionalism and appropriate workplace behaviour to which students should automatically adhere, but this isn’t always the case. Students will base their behaviour on their own values and experiences (including what they’ve been previously instructed to do by other preceptors), which may be quite different from your own. Try to ensure that students under your supervision begin their placements with information that will enable them to meet your expectations.