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Discussion in 'General Education' started by Bored of Ed, Mar 23, 2009.

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B in Student Teaching OK?

  1. It's fine, really

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  2. It doesn't look great, but whatever...

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  3. It looks yucky, change it if you can

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  1. Bored of Ed

    Bored of Ed Enthusiast

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    If I'm a straight-A college student but got a B in student teaching? I really think I deserved an A- (or even a B+, if you're stingy) but the prof doesn't like me. Seriously. I asked her to explain how the grade was determined and she hasn't answered. According to her own syllabus I earned a borderline A-/B+.

    I'm usually not so uptight but I feel like this is a bad thing because it's student teaching, the only time the college ever sees you actually show your stuff!

    If it doesn't look bad at all I will just ignore the whole incident because I want to graduate already so I can qualify for professional-level jobs. As it is, those of you who have read my previous rants know that it took 3 very long months to get the grade in the first place. But if this reflects really poorly on me as a teaching candidate, then I will continue to try and investigate the situation.
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    I wouldn't even stress about it.
     
  4. Bored of Ed

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    I'm really only stressed because I KNOW I did better than that and I KNOW the teacher hates me and she's been making my life miserable for over a year now :p

    But the more of you people who tell me B is fine, the less stressed I'll feel about letting it go ;)
     
  5. leighbball

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    No district I interviewed for asked for my specific ST grade...they just asked for my overall college GPA. You're fine! :)
     
  6. FarFromHome

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    A lot of people I know only have a pass/fail grade for student teaching. I don't see anything wrong with a B anyway. My uncle ended up getting a C or D in student teaching because (from what I could tell from my family) his cooperating teacher seemed to like him and he didn't reciprocate. He's an amazing teacher and has never had a problem getting jobs.
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    To be honest, I'm not sure that anyone ever asks what you got in any particular course, including student teaching.

    As long as you have the degree and the certification, I would say not to worry about it.
     
  8. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    As mentioned, I wouldn't worry too much about it either. Like you said you have a strong transcript which is what most prospective schools look at anyways. I think lots of schools that hire realize that there are lots of personality conflicts as well as teaching style conflicts when people ST.

    Plus, when I interviewed they really weighted my references before any grades. So prep yourself with some really positive ones.
     
  9. Hoot Owl

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    Superintendents could care less what you made, they just want to know you're certified.

    Put the professor behind you, look forward to your future and don't turn back.
     
  10. Kangaroo22

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    I don't think that it's that big of a deal; most districts don't even want your transcripts until you've already been hired just to see where you should be placed on the salary scale.
     
  11. mmswm

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    Don't stress, it's not worth it in the long run.
     
  12. Proud2BATeacher

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    Consider yourself lucky, we got either a pass or fail. I do know a couple of student teachers who were told to quit student teaching and try again the next semester by their advisor b/c they were going to fail.
     
  13. seduflow

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    LOL..trust me you will have so many more things to worry about than this
     
  14. Tasha

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    I don't think it is that big of a deal. However, I would collect as many letters of recommendation from people who have seen you teach as you can. Many principals around here are looking for a good recommendation from your CT and supervisor.
     
  15. Historygeek

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    Put it behind you and move forward. From what I know they only care about certification and GPA! Good luck!
     
  16. Bored of Ed

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    Thanks for the affirmation, everyone! Time to dance along to my future... :D
     
  17. McKennaL

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    I student taught twice.

    Once 20-some years ago - for K-12 music, band, and chorus. Back then we had grades given... and mine were A's.

    Last spring I student taught for elementary ed, and we had a pass-fail. (Considering how hard you work...I prefered the graded!)

    I'm an A student myself.. that is except for one B...in an obvious place on my transcript.

    Understanding that student teaching was pass/fail...I didn't worry about the final grade. i KNEW I would PASS. But i didn't understand that this college gave a second- VERY small grade. Worth 1 hour credit. basically it depended on -did you write your supervisor. I wrote her often enough- and saw her the weeks I didn't. When I saw her I gave her a total run-down of the week, and showed her my lesson plans. We talked about successes and challenges, and she was always supportive. Never mentioned a thing. Then comes my grades: And the abbreviations are odd (you would have to know their catalog to know the meanings). but the first says B (for sending the supervisor letters-or journal entries), the second P (for the full 16 weeks of HARD work!)

    I am upset with it. To me it looks like a B in student teaching,and a P in-whatever. I'm glad to read that others don't think it matters. it DOES weigh heavily on my mind though.
     
  18. Securis

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    Getting the job is mostly about the interview. Sure, credentials are the prerequisites that get you in to the interview but it's how you sell yourself that counts most. If you have the confidence in your ability that you seem to have then it doesn't matter what grade you were marked in a single instance. Well, I guess it would matter if it were a failing grade but otherwise, don't worry about it.
     
  19. Miss J. Pre-K

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    When I student taught, I had a supervisor who was not really helpful . . . she was a new prof and she had never taught young children herself and anyway . . . I worked very hard on my lessons, portfolio, and documentation of teaching. I was supposed to turn everything in to my supervisor on a Friday in April at her office an hour away from where I lived. Thursday night, we had a freak snowstorm and my student teaching site had a snow day on Friday. I called my supervisor's office several times on Friday to tell her I didn't think my little car (no kind of all-wheel drive or anything) could make it to her office. I left messages. I called her house # (she had given it out) all weekend to see if she wanted me to run it by her house (she lived 10 min. away). She never answered.

    When I got the stuff to her on Monday, she wasn't there, so I left it in the education office. I called to make sure she got it, and she did pick it up later that week. I was more than miffed when I checked my grade and it was a B. I called and talked to her to ask her about it, and it was "because you turned your stuff in late".

    Uh-huh. I appealed the grade and got my A. But no interviewer has ever asked for my grade. So I guess I would say if it bothers you and you think you can successfully appeal, do it. But don't do it just because you think it might look bad.
     
  20. forkids

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    Don't worry about it. I worked my tail off in college, made straight A's in everything, and I don't think anyone even looked at it when I was applying for a job. My classmates whose grades were not nearly as good got jobs just like I did.
     
  21. ACardAttack

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    Schools wont look at the grade for the most part, no worries...and a B is still good grade...relax!
     
  22. catsos2

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    I voted "It's fine really" because no one ever really reads your whole transcript.

    BUT on a personal level. I would be all over that teacher too. Especially if the final grade doesn't match the rubric or whatever grading scale s/he provided.

    I hope that this teacher answers you and explains exactly how you got your grade. If she doesn't, she should consider what kind of example she is setting for first-year teachers. Would she recommend that you ignore a student's request for an explanation about a grade? Would she recommend that you take away points from a student because of a personality conflict?
     
  23. frogger

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    same here.
     

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