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Old 04-30-2019, 07:21 PM
 
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Hello, welcome to Proteacher, and to teaching!

Re: the teacher letting you teach. I can see where that would be hard for her. As teachers, we feel enormous responsibility for "our kids" and I know cooperating teachers can be nervous about giving up control of "their class". Do you know how specific the directions/plan is in terms of your responsibilities and how that is increased during your ST time? Around here, some programs give basically no direction in that regard, where others are pretty specific about what the ST should be doing and at what point. I would consider talking with your CT and telling her basically what you said here: that she is an amazing teacher and you are hoping to have addition chances to teach the group and get feedback from her - that you feel like you'll learn more that way. What's the worst thing that could come from that discussion?

Evaluations - it is pretty common for student teachers to score 1-2 on a 4 point scale for teaching proficiency. You are still learning about teaching and it is expected that you will grow from here. Our teaching evaluation in my state is on a 4 point scale and it is basically impossible to get a 4 unless you literally plan your lessons/year focusing on the teacher evaluation rubric rather than on teaching real life students. What are the expectations for evaluation scores in your program? If you are in danger of having negative consequences from the evaluation scores, you could ask for more information about how you can improve in specific areas.

Mental Health - That's a hard one to give advice about. I have GAD and Panic Disorder, along with a stomach disorder that is made worse by stress and anxiety. Over the course of my teaching career, I've worked on meds and in a good place with my anxiety well controlled, and I've also taught while off my meds and in a bad place in terms of my anxiety. For me personally, it helps to have 1 or 2 confidantes that I trust at school that I can talk to if I'm having a hard time. Naming it helps me. And knowing that someone else knows in case I need help, helps. But that trusted person for you may not be your cooperating teacher. Have you developed a friendship with anyone in your building, or is there someone there that you sense would be a good listener and not gossip? If it would cause you more stress to talk to someone at work, then I wouldn't do it. It really depends on what helps put you in the best frame of mind. As a side comment on that, teaching is super stressful as a career, as I'm sure you realize. This is a good opportunity for you to start thinking about how you will manage that stress at work, and how you will handle difficult mental health days once you have a classroom of your own.

I'd be happy to talk with you more if you want to message me. Good luck to you!
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