Hi Everyone, I’ve been student teaching for about 8 weeks now. For the first few weeks my mentor teacher never asked me to do anything and I wasn’t sure what my role was other than to support her. I did a lot of the prep and tried to help the kids by walking around the room while they worked. Then I asked if I could try out some lessons with the kids and she gave me some opportunties to do so. So I jumped in and tried out some teaching but with hardly any guidance from her. I can hardly ever ask her questions because she’s really busy and I don’t want to interrupt. So I’ve tried figuring things out on my own based on photographs of lessons that she might e-mail me, sometimes the night before. Anyway, today she came down on me really hard after school and accused me of not being “committed to the profession” for various mistakes I’ve made when I’ve forgotten procedures or done something at the wrong time or not being adequately prepared to teach the lessons. I am totally crushed and demoralized. There hasn’t been a lot of communication between us because she’s too busy. Since I’ve been in her room I’ve not really known what to do and feel like I have to figure it out on my own. She gave me a laundry list of all my mistakes today and was very aggressive about it. I can not tell you how uncomfortable and upsetting it was. What do you all think I should do here? I will try to step it up but it’s hard.