Is it just me or is something wrong?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Is it just me or is something wrong?
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 6:11pm

A little background for those I haven't caught up with in a bit.

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Registered: 04-09-2007
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 8:17pm

Hello! I'm Jen and I've been teaching for 4 years. A few things come to mind for your question.

First, no matter how good you are as a student teacher, your master teacher is responsible for what happens in that classroom. If she puts you in charge of the room, she is taking responsibility for what you do. Since I'm sure you're an excellent student teacher, she obviously has no problem putting you in charge while she's there. However, not even the most confident master teacher would put her very best student teacher in charge when she is not there. Subs are no substitute (no pun intended!) for the watchful observation of a master teacher.

In my experience, teacher's aides often wait for these moments where they can finally be in control of the classroom. Often, it seems like they wish they could change things or control certain things, and they make suggestions to the teacher about them, but they never happen.

That said, I've had LOTS of times when I had a sub, and when I come back, I find out that the aide ran the class and often ran it incorrectly! Many students would be in tears because the aide had written them up (these students were kids who the aide would constantly complain to me about, but who never bothered me at all).

Obviously, not every aide is like this, but I think when they have so much exposure and experience with a classroom, they often feel like "the boss" when the real boss is away. As a student teacher, it would be helpful for you to talk about this experience with your master teacher - did she specifically leave the aide in charge? And if so, why? If not, what can she talk to the aide about so this doesn't happen again?

Take what you learned and reflect on it. Sometimes watching someone's lousy teaching can be as beneficial as watching someone's brilliant teaching.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 8:58pm

Hi, Beth! I think Murrin gave you some good advice and insight. I've seen a lot of aides take over and they tend to do it because they have issues and want to prove themselves by showing they can do it better, no matter what it is. As she said, they think discipline should be tougher, the lesson should be longer/shorter, the lesson isn't important,