Impossible Situations

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  1. skyline

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    It's impossible to plan lessons when my CT is not allowing me to borrow curriculum materials, doesn't stick to the pacing guide, and changes content to be taught last minute.
     
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    It is time to have a heart to heart with your supervisor. They need to know that this CT does not need to be used again. Be really specific like you were in this thread and try to give as many concrete examples as you can. A disorganized, unhelpful CT is almost worse than none at all.
    Are you almost finished with student teaching, or can they possibly move you to another class?
     
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    Thank you for responding and the advice! I'm not sure what to do since my supervisor has ignored what I've told her. Or, she's made excuses for my CT.

    I have about 8 weeks left.
     
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    I don’t find it unusual for a supervisor and cooperating teacher to be friendly. One of our supervisors has worked with us for years. We all know him well. I’m not a hugging type person, so he hasn’t hugged me, but I’ve seen him hug others.

    Who is related to whom?
     
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    I decided to PM a response to your question since it contains more details than I want to share publicly.
     
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    Does anyone have any ideas about what would be the best way to approach the situation?
     
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    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone! I really don't know how to deal with a situation like this.
     
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    Well, it's Sunday evening, and I'm starting to feel overwhelming anxiety about what this week will bring in a dysfunctional placement.
     
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    I don’t know what else to tell you that hasn’t already been said. I mean, if you have tried the suggestions with no success, then your only options are to make the best of it or quit, even if both options stink.
     
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    Mar 19, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    What advice has your supervisor given you? Is your supervisor going to observe you teaching a lesson any time soon?
     
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    Mar 19, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    My supervisor has been less than supportive. She hasn't offered advice for the challenges I spoken with her about. I don't want to share specific details publicly in the thread in case one of them is on the board. I would share details privately if it was okay and the PM option was available, but I don't think I have enough posts to initiate a private conversation.
     
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    If I quit, I don't have the money to do student teaching again in the near future.
     
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    How much longer do you have? Two months or less?

    Stick it out, and never look back.

    I never even thought to ask my cooperating teacher for a letter of recommendation.
     
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    Mar 19, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Thank you! Yes, I'm trying my best to stick it out.

    I had another bad day. My supervisor completely shocked me with the way she spoke to me.

    So, you were able to find a job without a letter of recommendation from your CT? I'm worried about how this will effect my job opportunities if they don't give me a good reference!
     
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    I have close to 2 months left.
     
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    Mar 19, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    I didn’t have any letters of recommendation. I had references, but no letters.

    There wasn’t a high school English job available in the district I wanted, so I agreed to sub. I subbed all but 5 days the entire year. Most were at the high school, and I did a 12+ week job for a teacher who left part way through second semester. That next year they had a job available, and I took it. I still didn’t have any recommendation letters, but I did have a whole year of working with them. That job included one class at the middle school which is how I ended up where I am now.
     
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    I'm glad it worked out for you! It gives me hope that I'll still land a job if they don't give me a good reference. I may need to sub in order to build references. I do have a good reputation in several schools where I worked before going back to college, so hopefully. I just worry they could bash me when prospective employers call, and I may not know it.
     
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 7:14 AM

    Is this your only student teaching placement? I had 2 placements in 2 different schools (10 weeks each). The first placement was something like what you're dealing with right now (cooperating teacher didn't really care and not much guidance) but the 2nd was great and very helpful. Do they now only put student teachers in one placement? Or does it depend on which college you attend?
     
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    I did not get a letter from my cooperating teacher. I did get a letter from my university supervisor. I found a job my first year out of college. I did move back home to a new state first, though.
     
  21. Ima Teacher

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    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Here high school candidates get one placement, as do middle school candidates with one subject. Elementary and two-area middle school do placements in two schools, two grades, or two subjects. I was high school English, so I did February to May with the same teacher.
     

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