I am student teaching next semester and I am in my pre-practicum now in the same classroom. My mentor is really kind and is a really good teacher. However, her teaching is more traditional (ex. I do, we do, you do) and my program does not follow this philosophy. We are expected to have students work in groups, do high cognitively demanding tasks, and share their ideas in class. I did a whole class discussion today and I wanted students to work in groups before the discussion. My mentor didn't seem to want them to work in groups and suggested partners instead. Her reasoning made sense because she didn't want the kids to get off task in groups if the pacing of the lesson is too slow. We did groups for part of one class and they worked really well. For the second class, she didn't seem to want them to work in groups and allowed them to work alone if they wanted to. I'm worried because I am expected to do all of these things that I am learning in class in my student teaching and I am not sure how my mentor will take it. I talked to her and she said that it sounds great, but she doesn't seem to be as on board when the situation comes up. Thoughts/ideas?