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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.
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  • Pam I do think your cooperating teacher is right to leave you alone in the room to teach. This way, you will learn some of your own management strategies and get used to being alone in the classroom to teach. However, if you are having problems with...See More
    Mar 18, 2010
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  • Sara I'd say no, she shouldn't let you alone in that third period class. Some classes need an experienced teacher and that sounds like such a class. When we're beginners at something, we shouldn't be thrown to the lions or given th...See More
    Mar 19, 2010
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  • Elle Should your teacher leave you alone with kids?--- Yup, without a doubt. You need to have that experience whether it is good or bad. If you are having problems with a class then you need to sit down with your cooperating teacher/field supervisor ...See More
    Mar 23, 2010
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  • bjkach 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...See More
    Apr 2, 2010
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  • bjkach 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...See More
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