Hello everyone, I am new to the boards, and this will be my very first post, extremely sorry if I am posting in the wrong forum. I searched for a student teaching forum, but might have missed it. With that said, I will get to the meat of my issue. I am about to start my 12-week student teaching. My orientation is next week, and I start my student teaching the 29th. I still do not know which grade level, school, or district I will be in and I am stressing about that a little, but my main concern comes from the feedback I am getting from friends who have previously gone through the student teaching program. Most of these people have nothing but negative things to say about their coop teachers, and even by my program director's own admission, many of the coop teachers simply want "free labor", but because of the high volume of student teachers, these teachers are taken on as coop teachers. Now, I don't expect to go in and be the teacher, but from my understanding, the coop teacher is suppose to help guide you, be there to answer questions, and work with you, eventually allowing you to teach each subject until eventually you're teaching full days. This is how it was explained to me by my director, but from actual feedback it seems that isn't the way it works. Most student teachers sit in the corner of the room grading papers, make copies, organize projects, and basically all of the grunt work for the teacher. Almost all of the teaching time was during the time when observations took place. While I don't mind doing the "grunt work", might as well get a good feel for it, since it is part of the job, I am hoping to actually get a chance to teach while under the guidance of a seasoned teacher. Granted, I don't think people can actually teach you how to teach, but I do feel that people can help you improve on how you teach. That is what I am really hoping to get out of it. Another thing I am uncertain of is the program we will be using, C-Scope. In an e-mail from my director I was informed that my student teaching group will be the first group to go through the school districts while using C-Scope. It was explained in the e-mail that the teachers will be using C-Scope in the classroom for the first time, and that this will affect our prior curriculum knowledge. However, they didn't explain what they meant by that. It almost sounded like it was a program that gave you the lesson plan and you simply followed it (i.e. it gives you everything you need for the lesson and you really don't have a say in the planning). Is this a correct understanding of C-Scope? In all honesty, I am not sure how much I will be dealing with C-Scope, but since I believe I am suppose to write lesson plans and teach them, I assume I will be dealing with the program at least a little. So just some general advice, such as - how to make the best out of the situation if, say I do get a difficult coop teacher? I've read the advice on this site offered to student teachers, and most of them seemed to have really good coop teachers. I really do not want these 12 weeks to be a "let me just get by" time, and I am hoping the teacher will use me in small groups. When I did my observation hours, instead of just observing, I was able to get in with the students and interact with them. My observation teachers actually let me teach, deal with behavior issues, lead guided reading, and other aspects of teaching, such as teacher meetings - they even asked me for MY input. In fact, I enjoyed myself so much, I ended up volunteering at the school for most of the semester (when I didn't have class or homework). They really enjoyed my help, and I enjoyed the oppertunity to participate with the students. I even had one little girl run up to me in Walmart and hug me, telling her mom that I was "the best teacher ever". Though I am sure she has had many "best teachers ever", it made me feel like I was really making a difference. I specifically asked for this school, but according to my director, very rarely do students get a say in where they go, it is decided on where they have availble space. So help me, please. I am a nervous wreck. I want to enjoy my student teaching, I certainly do not mind going above and beyond to make it so, but I am afraid that whomever I get will just see me as a burden and be hesitant to task me with anything more significant than making copies. Thanks.