I just finished my semester last Wednesday, and I have begun to really start panicking. I will begin student teaching on January 7. I know that I have taken all the classes, but still, I have never felt so unprepared and scared of anything in my life. I don't feel ready. I have subbed for three years, and most have been great experiences, but there is so much riding on the next couple of months - and it will be WAY different than subbing. I have already met with my cooperating teacher, and she is so nice and helpful, and the school I got into was my first choice, so those aren't the problems. The problem is me. Like I said, I feel so inadequate, and I have all of these questions floating around... what if the kids don't like me? What if I totally just FAIL? What if the kids don't listen to me? What if my lesson plans aren't good enough? What if I don't know my content area good enough? What happens if my cooperating teacher or university supervisor decide that I need more college classes before I can teach (and does that even happen???) What if I just freeze during my evaluations? What if my clothes aren't deemed 'professional' enough, or if I am perceived by others as frumpy? I am just so, so, so afraid of failing. I want this so badly, and I want to do a good job, but over the past year I have been waiting for that 'teacher' feeling to finally click, and here I am, ready to student teach, and I don't feel like I have clicked into the role of 'competent teacher' yet. I literally spend three hours on a single lesson plan, trying to make it perfect, and then I still can't leave it alone. Is this normal, or have I completely lost it?