<< As for direct advice on what you should do, that's a tough one, since you
sort of adopting the class from someone else. I'd say, if you want to
institute some new behavior plans, tell the kids up front that for the next x
number of weeks, we are going to operate under some different rules designed
to help them focus more on their work. Be firm, and stick to your guns.
need to know where their boundaries are. This is only my second year of
time teaching, and I was much meaner at the beginning of the year than I was
last year. Once that is established, you can always go back to it. >>
This is good advise to a new classroom teacher who was just hired, but to
suggest this to a student teacher who will only be there a couple months??
(Maybe your student teaching experience was in a "nice" school) Mine sure
wasn't. I was in a middle school that thought art was a free for all. The
supplies were strewn all over the room, taken home, abused. Art class meant
hangin out with the teacher talking about life. I was horrified--why my
college art ed dept wasn't aware of this is beyond me. Anyway, I decided to
follow something along the lines of the advice you are giving. My life was
hell for those few months. I was fighting all the way. I didn't make a dent.
I was resented by the kids, not supported by the teacher (who didn't care one
way or the other.) When I left things went right back to "normal". I guess I
learned what I was capable of enduring and found new ways to deal with things
in a pinch with no school support, but even now (6 years later!) I get a
headache thinking about the horrid experience! I highly suggest she go with
the flow and follow the structure set up by the cooperating teacher. It may
not be her style and she may be uncomfortable with it, but she will learn
something new. Student teaching is about seeing different styles in action.
After all, she does want to survive her student teaching experience!