I am in my 12th week of a 16 week student teaching placement. First of all, let me say that I appreciate the fact that my cooperating teacher has allowed me into her classroom. It is a fifth grade class with 33 students. About a quarter of them are the GATE cluster (she is the GATE coordinator), and about 1/4 are far below basic (this includes ELL's and resource kids). Just this mix alone, I am sure that most teachers would find challenging. I went into my student teaching experience full of confidence, ready to go above and beyond (which I have), and ready for comments, both good and bad. Here is the problem; my CT is a control freak. I am in the second week of my three week "solo" and she has not left the room for more than 1/2 an hour. She constantly interrupts my lessons when I am not doing something the way that she would do it. This includes the way that the students number and head their paper. When she does this I get flustered and then it seems to blow my whole lesson because I feel like I am doing everything wrong. I get very little positive feedback, although, my university supervisor, and the principal tell me how much she raves about me. I am working on classroom management, but she jumps in before I can even do anything. All of this makes me feel like the kids are looking at me like they can walk all over me, and that is what is beginning to happen. Now, she is telling me that my classroom management is poor. How am I supposed to develop it when she is always there jumping in the middle? Other teachers in the school have told me how much they feel bad for me for having to deal with this teacher, so I know that it can't be me. I have had the highest of reviews from my university supervisor, and he tells me I am one of the best student teachers he has. I know that I only have 5 more "solo" days, but I need some advice on how to get through them. I am losing more and more confidence every day.