I am currently completing a terrible student teaching experience as a special education teacher in an elementary resource teaching room ( kindergarten through 3rd grade). Both my mentor teacher (the teacher whose classroom I am teaching in ) and the supervising teacher from my college have given me consistently negative feedback about my teaching abilities and knowledge , my attitude toward the students and my organizational skills. I have tried to correct what they tell me to but they both have almost flat out told me that I should not be teaching elementary age children. They suggest that I should teach high school special education instead. I am willing to teach high school but I have one big problem: How can I possibly use these two persons as references when I try to get a job soon? I don't trust what they will say about me, even if I am applying for a high school teaching job. I feel that in addition to their professional criticism of my teaching skills that there is also a personal animus against me. I have no one else to use as references except these two. I haven't worked since the end of 2008 except for some substitute teaching here and there, none of which I can use as references. What can I do? Any suggestions?