Sitting here contemplating a lot at the moment.
My student teacher - is good with the kids in the classroom but like many student teachers, she is so lacking in confidence it is appalling.
We have set her a challenge - create your own curriculum. Yes, we will help her but the idea is that she is meant to have a go at developing something.
So far I have very little from her. I have pumped her with lots of ideas. Any idea that she puts out there I play with, "yes, that could work. Try looking at it from this angle. What about doing this the same way you suggested?" Mostly I get a blank look from her.
She hasn't smiled that much.
Today she cried. For 3 periods! She thinks she is failing!
I have tried to let her know that she is fine - but she doesn't believe me! Her rapport with the kids is good. Maybe her knowledge of the subject area (she has a classical focus which is great but we have a jazz/pop focus here) needs some work.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions? I am worn out from the emotional angst that goes with tears.
I totally understand where she is at. Gorgeous, my sister, helped me through one of my rounds. I cried each and every night for, I think, three weeks. She told me that I was crying because I cared about the teaching aspect. I see that now. I couldn't then.
I have asked a few direct questions such as "Do you want me to talk to the other supervising teacher about the issues you are feeling?" Her response - "I don't know." This happened a few times today. I know that it is hard when you are so focused on your own limitations but it is now starting to annoy me....
Please - please - please. If you have any ideas on what to do send them to me. I have 3 1/2 more weeks to go.