I have been on the job hunt for 2 years. And something that I thought MIGHT be a reason that I am not being called is banging louder in my head. Could it be? How can I help myself now? My university grades student teaching on a pass/fail. I wish they didn't. I would have preferred all As, but I received a "pass" or, on the transcript, an "S". There was also a 1 credit hour seminar course we had to sign up for. It was the meetings at the beginning of the semester and the 4 meetings when all the student teachers would gather and listen to the supervisors talk. (Most agreed that they were useless.) At our first meeting (BEFORE student teaching began) we were told about our "work sample" (the big unit you would be graded on...but graded? on a pass/fail?) and also that they wanted us to keep in touch with them. We would do this through writing a weekly diary and send it in. Nothing long, only a paragraph or two, about our reactions to what happened that week. Well, I went through the semester and ended up doing extremely well. My work sample was outstanding. My experience went excellently. My letters of recommendation are incredible. Both my teacher and my supervisor were SURE I would be gobbled up, by employers, immediately. Two years later-I'm still waiting. Here is what my transcript says for my student teaching: Sem:Elem Schl Tchng Hours: 1 Grade: B Student Teaching Hours: 10 Grade: S B????? Why???? It was the diary entries. They wanted diaries sent to them in e-mail (which I did) but for the weeks that the supervisor visited I kept in touch by TALKING to her. THOSE weeks weren't just a short paragraph. On THOSE weeks I had lesson plans available, cooperating teacher's written comments, my weekly lesson plan schedule (all of these were handed to her and she took them with her), and we would talk for about 45 minutes. I didn't think that on TOP of that that I had to write a diary. I had told her it all. So for THAT I was given a B. Now, pretend that you are a potential employer. What do you see when you quickly look at my grades? A "B". What is an "S"? Who KNOWS! But a "B"-EVERYBODY knows. And who wants a "B" teacher on their student teaching? You want the "A" teacher. (By the way, my other grades? Nearly all A's. So the "B" stands out much more.) THIS thought (and that I am not being called for interviews) has kept me up at night and nearly has made me sick! The other night I was even letting thoughts of forging my transcripts and changing it to an "A". (It was late and I was feeling VERY desperate.) How can I help myself? I think my application is being tossed asided due to this. IF I get an interview-do I try to explain it? What can I do?