I'm currently enrolled in an alternative certification program (iTeachTexas) that does not require any classroom experience prior to interviewing for positions. They do offer a student teaching practicum, but it is (obviously) unpaid and prolongs your being hired as a full-time teacher by a semester. In any case, I am not planning on participating in the student teaching practicum, but am trying to figure out how I can get some time in a classroom prior to interviewing and possibly accepting a position. My question here is, how would you teachers feel if someone from an alternative certification program contacted you with regard to observing your classroom for half of a day? Is this something you would need to clear through your principal? Would any of you entertain this idea or even agree to it? Or is this most likely just going to be seen as an extra bit of unrequired work for you and completely horrible? My program has told me they do not "endorse" classroom observations, but prefer if program participants do substitute teaching. Unfortunately I can't quit my full-time job to substitute. Additionally, I don't think substituting would fulfill the same goals (though obviously substituting has it's own merits prior to having your own classroom). I'm trying to see a fully functioning class in action and get an idea of normal class flow, behavior management techniques, presentation, etc. Not to mention, it would be nice to make some contact with teachers teaching what I'd like to teach. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading all of this. I look forward to your responses.