On a couple of other threads, I read about people having bad experiences with student teaching. I, too, had a bad experience. I thought it would be nice to have a thread to vent about bad experiences and to offer help to those going through bad experiences now. So, here's my story: I was with a teacher who was retiring - the semester I was in her room was her very last semester as a teacher. Basically, I think she was mad that I was "stealing" her class or thunder or something. She gave no direction and was critical of every fun activity I tried to do ("They're here to learn, not to play.") She constantly told me to never EVER tell a student they couldn't go to the restroom because if they wet themselves, I could lose my job but then when my college professor came to observe me, she yelled at me in front of the students and my professor because I let one kid go to the restroom. I have been teaching long enough that I know I'm a good teacher (not the best, but I know I'm good at what I do), but I still harbor ill feelings toward that woman. She almost made me quit more than once. Anybody else care to share stories?