My student teacher has learned his first hard lesson about the politics of working in a school. We share our lunch table with the other ESE class. My ST had his first day of doing lunch duty alone and a few of the students in the other class were bickering. He came up with a plan to deal with it on subsequent days (he made a seating chart). The next day when he dropped off our class at lunch he made the mistake of telling the other teacher (a 25 year veteran) how he (the ST) felt all the children should be seated at lunch. This teacher was not very appreciative and now my ST has made the other teacher quite angry. So, now my ST has learned to be very careful who he offers suggestions to because some people are not quite as flexible as others. I told him that at least he learned this during student teaching and not when he has his own room. I won't even address the issue of how this other teacher treated my ST but I did handle it out of his earshot.