Has anyone else ever experienced any difficulty working with their cooperating teacher? I'm in my first block of student teaching, and I think that working with the teacher is way, WAY more stressful than working with the students. There are days when my teacher will show up in a bad mood that really messes up my vibe for the rest of the day. It has gotten to a point where I don't feel comfortable asking my cooperating teacher questions, which just further strains our relationship because they'll sometimes stop me in the middle of a lesson to say something like, "What? I wish you talked to me about this beforehand". My cooperating teacher gets upset when I don't show up well before school starts (I've begun arriving at least half an hour before school starts--sometimes arriving before even the teacher gets there) and twice I've been asked to step outside while they make a personal phone call during those mornings. The other day, my teacher was particularly stressed and flat out told me that they needed to be alone and have the classroom to themselves. Granted, I understand that they are going through an extremely tough situation this week, but crying in between periods does not help me build confidence in my teaching abilities. All of my other classmates are telling me stories about how supportive and helpful and understanding their cooperating teachers are. When I told them how hard I work, they literally almost cried laughing. I do feel like I'm learning a lot more than my classmates are, but I just wish I had some support sometimes. Everything else has been great--I'm really enjoying teaching and working with the students, and I've really begun developing a great rapport with a number of them, but it's driving me crazy how stressful it is just to work with my teacher. I was under the impression that I would be "running the show" during student teaching (state testing is over, all the required units have been completed), but so far I feel like I'm just following another person's lesson plan. Am I expecting too much? Do I have the wrong impressions? How the heck am I supposed to teach when I'm terrified of the other adult in the room?! Sorry, I just had to rant. I apologize for the vagueness...but I fear that if I specify any further, I may be jeopardizing my life, haha.