Speaking as someone who recently went through student teaching, if I
encountered this attitude from my cooperating teacher, I would have been
outraged. There is difference between a student teacher and a teacher's
aide. If you have a student teacher, he/she is there to learn to TEACH,
not to be a gofer. And holding the final evaluation over the student
teacher's head to ensure cooperation in such a situation is unfair to
that person who should be there for teacher training. If you feel that
you cannot handle a student teacher at this time and in your situation
with the cart, then refuse. Do not waste someone's precious time and
energy when they could be in a better training environment. Furthermore,
leaving a student teacher to "watch the class" can raise legal issues if
there was ever an incident in the room while you running back to the
Personally, I would run from this situation or at least refuse to accept
a student teacher until I was comfortable with my new "cart classroom".
Taking on a student teacher when your program is in turmoil is unfair to
you and the college student.