Hi everyone, Some of you may recall that I posted on here a few weeks ago asking if it was okay to feel burnt out during student teaching. Thank you for your thoughts and stories. Now I just find myself feeling inadequate and incompetent as a teacher. Finding the energy and motivation to go in every day has become a struggle. I literally cry just at the thought of going in the next day on Sundays and holidays. Thank goodness for an inclement weather day today! I have been put on an improvement plan because my university supervisor and mentor feel like I'm not planned ahead of time enough. My university supervisor told me that it is typical for student teachers to be placed on improvement plans, but yet when you look at the language of the document, it says that this is done when student teachers are marked as "developing" or "not meet initial standards" on their evaluation and that failure to show improvement could result in removal from the program. I'm not sure if my supervisor is telling the truth or saying that just to mollify me. I generally know what I'm doing and have a plan ready to go with two days to 24 hours before my class. I sometimes make last minute changes because I think of different ways of approaching a portion of the lesson or a topic. I mean, aren't teachers supposed to make changes as they go? I'm also told that I need to show more confidence when I teach because it shows to the students. Well, it's hard to have confidence when I feel like I'm being knocked down all the time and told I'm inadequate. I bust my butt every single day, I'm at the school usually from 6:30-5:30, sometimes as late as 7pm! Even on the weekends, I usually spend 1-2 hours doing something related to school. I have all but moved into my bed into the school, but yet I still can't do anything right. I'm a guy and I've been told to "man up" because I cry. I never cry in front of students. I save it for my planning period or home. The pressure just gets to be so much! I feel like I don't have much of a support system. I'm single, I live by myself, I've really bonded with the other student teachers at my school, but I'm afraid to bring it up with them out of fear that I'm the only one. There's just so much negativity and dread in my life right now and it's taking a toll on me.