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On Sat, 21 Feb 1998 Maahmaah wrote:
> In a message dated 98-02-21 16:17:38 EST, Stubby4B writes:
> << 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!