Here is my situation right now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have one year left after this semester. In the fall semester I will have to finish up my last semseter in college and the other half I will be student teaching. I haven't actually had the opportunity to get up in front of a high school or middle school class and teach yet. Next semester is when I will do that. Sometimes, I feel great about student teaching and then after that, getting a job and teaching. Other times though, I feel anxious and don't know if I'm adequately prepared or not to begin my career. I'm a good student, I get all As and Bs in my subject areas classes and I feel pretty confident most of the time with my knowledge but then again, other times I feel as if I don't know enough to be a good teacher. I don't want to call it my biggest fear but it is my biggest concern and that is speaking in front of the class. When I speak in front of the class, I don't get that nervous to be honest. In high school I used to but now I have it controlled much better. My heart starts racing a little but other then that its not too bad I would say, especially after I start talking. It's not that I am a bad public speaker because most people say I am pretty good. For the most part I think I am also. The problem I have in my opinion though is, sometimes when I'm talking, I don't know exactly what I'm saying or going to say if that makes any sense. I don't feel like I'm directly talking to anyone in the class. For instance, we present lesson plans in front of our class to the rest of the students in one of my education courses. This is about as much experience teaching as I have. Anyways, when I'm teaching these lessons, I feel like I'm in somewhat of a daze up there and not focused on anyone in the audience. Have any new teachers felt that way? I don't know how to explain it though. Almost everyone I talk to tell me that I'm not rambling or incoherent but that I actually know how to present material when I'm up there. I dont know and this is what adds to my anxiety about teaching. Sorry for typing a lot but I had to get some thoughts out. I feel somewhat embarrased to talk to my other education major friends about this although I think some of them are probably feeling much the way I do. Can anyone tell me how they felt before teaching or during student teaching. As I said, some days I feel like I'm ready to take on the world teaching but other days, I question myself a lot and how prepared I really am.