I have my hands tied as I am only a student teacher. We even had someone tell me she feels bad I have to student teach in this class. The class is the rudest, can't stay on a single task, at least 8 students who unless you stand over them will do NOTHING, copy NOTHING, which includes even writing down their homework..and these are 7 year oldshmy: My biggest gripe is the way the classroom is set up. The kids sit at tables..2nd graders at a table? I've seen this in kindergarten, maybe even first grade, but never at this age. It is all day long talking, talking, hitting, touching, moving, fidgeting, making noises, stealing pencils, getting up, no matter how many times the teacher says sit down and raise your hand, it's a nightmare. I even discipline them at times too but my coop teacher is a real screamer and I don't think, since technically it's not my class, I should scream at them. I get along well with my teacher who is a veteran and she vents everyday to me and everyone else how she can't take it anymore. The other problem is the way they are taught, especially math. They have to sit on the floor with white boards and markers. They don't use notebooks to write down the lesson. They sit there fooling around, hitting the person next to them, drawing on their hands, drawing pictures on their board. I mean this is clearly not working. I've never seen math taught this way in any other school and I've been in about 5 others. You sit at your desk and the teacher is at the board which is how I was taught. I taught my first math lesson using the everyday math book, which I am not a fan of. The teacher and I went over the lesson the day before even though it's written out for you step by step in the manual and she said I would then do 3 workbook pages with them, this is in a 55 min block. She never uses the board, as she said it's not allowed and uses this tiny white board and a marker so I was stuck using that. Well the marker smears, I was writing on an angle and my only other option is to use chart paper which makes no sense and could fall over. The children were so disruptive and busy drawing pictures, fooling, you name it, I had to stop at least 10 times during my lesson and just sat there until they became quiet or I had to call out the names of the students to stop. Well, they understood what I did when I was teaching them, students were giving the right answers, raising their hands but the lesson took so long. I actually went way over my time and never thought just the lesson part would be so time consuming. We only had time to do 1 workbook page, only 3 examples which they all had a very hard time doing, half of them were sitting with their book closed so I had to then start opening up their books FOR THEM or reapeating to OPEN YOUR BOOK. I then had to go back to the front of the room and give them the answers pretty much which some students didn't even write down. My teacher sat at her desk while I taught, but helped me out at the end. She didn't comment how I did but I told her I was sorry it took so long went into another period and I needed to watch that. She said it was ok and with this group she knew how hard it is since they don't pay attention but I feel like my lesson was a bust. So what do I do in this situation with a group of children who are low functioning, don't respect anyone, including my cooperating teacher and will not do any work unless you stand over them...to add to a horribly set up classroom??I've noticed with these mathbook pages shes gives with each lesson there are many students who don't even attempt to do it :help: I am also being formally observed by my college supervisor so I'm not sure if I should mention beforehand the behavior problems of this class.