On 4/02/10, bjkach wrote:
> On 3/15/10, Sam wrote:
>> My cooperating teacher leaves me alone with the kids for
>> full periods. She says it's the only way I'll learn how to
>> manage my own classroom. This is fine for the first two
>> periods I teach, but the third is a disaster. The kids talk
>> back horribly, and refuse to participate. If I demand quiet,
>> they laugh and say that I'm not the real teacher. I feel
>> like this is out of my hands...I've tried everything. I've
>> assigned detentions (which they rarely show up for), I've
>> spoken with problem kids after class, everything.
>> My question is: Is my cooperating teacher right? As the
>> student teacher, I could balance balls on my head and these
>> kids wouldn't care. When I'm an actual teacher, I will have
>> more resources (parents, administration) that I can enforce.
>> But for now, I feel like my cooperating teacher should be in
>> the classroom with me, but she refuses.
> Isn't it against the law for a student teacher to be left
> alone in a classroom? I am currently a graduate student in
> New York trying to obtain my masters degree in secondary
> English education, but my wife is alredy a music teacher and
> she told me that doing so is illegal. Can anybody confirm
> When I student teach, I wouldn't want to be left alone in the
> classroom. I understand that the training wheels have to come
> off eventually, but I also think it's important for the
> cooperative teacher to obersve what I'm doing and give
> constructive feedback positvely or negatively so I can
> improve my techniques. How is that supposed to happen if I'm
> left alone?
When I was a student teacher, I was never allowed to be left
alone. I think it is against School regulations. I remember my
Co-op teacher being absent and I had a sub that was younger then
me and uncertified watch over me.
Student teachers need to be watched for several reasons I think,
1) it is not their classroon....the Co-op teacher needs to know
what the student teacher says and does with their class. 2) If
something happens in the class, like the student teacher making
a big boo boo...the Co-Op teacher needs to know to help with
the "clean up".
The training wheels do come off when your Co-op teacher lets you
run the lesson. Giving your constructive critisim and positive
reinforcement is the best way to become a successful teacher.
Leaving a student teacher alone can have a recipe for disaster.
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