^^^I do understand why she may not have been allowed to teach. Doesn't mean I don't think she wasn't capable. I personally found, as most of my colleagues as well, that I learned so much more from my few hours with a mentor my first year teaching than I ever did in any ed class I took. he taught me real world techniques for MY students. The problem with education courses is they deal with two types of things when it comes to the students. Hypothetical groups, which never become the real groups we teach, or individual cases, which is just ONE story of billions that are kids lives. Let me explain, since the New Year, these are just a few of the individual cases from my experience. 1. I teach an after-school running program to third and fourth graders (they SCARE me to death, all 20 of them). After my first class I went to my administrator about one of the students and what I saw as very anti-social and immature behavior (even for a 3rd grader). Her response, "Oh, XYZ is autistic." Totally changed how I deal with that student and now we're cool...but something that I would never have been told had I not asked. 2. An 8th grade girl (sweet as pie, lovely kid) has been slipping in grades and behavior the past few months so we had her mom up. She told us that she's been cutting herself, and sees a therapist. I now make sure I take the time to speak to her one on one each day and let her know she's great and hang in there...the past month, I've been hard on her, because her behavior was very poor, I feel awful. 3. An Asian 8th grade girl has been absent a ton this year (like 65% of the days). Parents are off the boat and speak no English (think its just the mom too). Finally get a translator in to call her, and we find out that she's telling her mom that the stuff in school isn't important and she doesn't have to go, so she's been letting her stay home. 4. Another 8th grader, who was in the 8th grade LAST year, failed, and to "teach him a lesson" his mom didn't enroll him in summer school, forcing him to retake 8th grade. At one of our last faculty meeting our principal told us she was VERY unhappy with how many 8th garders were failing, and she didn't want this many holdovers, especially if we think they are going to pass the state ELA and Math tests (which is the promotion criteria as well as passing the four majors (ELA, Math, Science, and SS). So, the teachers give the kid a 65 (most). He actually did deserve it in my class, but in others he turns in NO WORK. Mom sends an email to all the teachers, the principal, and the AP saying that we're insulting her intelligence and making her job harder by "just passing him through". My principal is FUMING. Thankfully the kid earned a 66% in my class, so I'm covered, but some of my colleagues ARE NOT. What should they have done? I'll post more later, but i need to go to work...and I'm in a GOOD school, we got an A on our NYC report card, and have been a pillar in our (upper middle class) community for almost 200 years.