I'm student teaching in a kindergarten classroom and so far I love the kids! I've also gotten along great with the rest of the kindergarten teachers, and my mentor teacher and I are pretty friendly. Despite this, my mentor teaching doesn't really seem able to mentor me and it's absolutely killing my confidence. To start, she is super successful and therefore is in a lot of leadership or supportive positions around the school, which leaves us with basically no time to talk. For example, today I had to remind her that I'm supposed to be taking over math next week. She's a fantastic teacher so I can see why she's needed everywhere, but I feel that my own student teaching experience is less effective because we don't have enough time to plan out my lessons before she has to get her kids or go to a meeting. For example, I'm about to go into my 5th week and I've only taught about 3 lessons. I think she's also nervous to turn her class over and give me more control. She never student taught (she did the alternate route) and because of that I think that she really doesn't know what to expect or why it's so important that I get some time to practice teaching. I get that it must be really difficult to leave your class for a few weeks, but it absolutely kills my confidence when she says she nervous, even jokingly. I know I'm not teacher of the year, but I never will be if I cant practice and get more experience being in front of a class. This all came to a head when my teacher needed an immediate sub the other day. A first grade teacher overheard and commented that last year a student teacher subbed for her mentor teacher for a few days on her second week at the school, even though she didn't have a license. After a few awkward seconds, my mentor then commented that she would let me sub but I don't have my sub license, and the other teacher reminded her that the last student teacher didn't either, but they still had her sub. Basically it was super awkward and though I know the other teacher didn't mean for it to sound that way, it really made me feel like literal trash afterwards. Basically I haven't been able to teach much, and even with slowly increasing responsibilities planned, I can tell my mentor teacher is reluctant to hand over more control of her class. How do I help make us both more comfortable with these transitions? I half want to talk to her on Monday and basically say have an honest talk that her being nervous to transition control has really affected my confidence and that I welcome her feedback on how to better my lessons, but I need more support so that I can do a better job student teaching. I'm not sure how I could bring this up or discuss though, or even if she would have enough time to talk about it. Please help!