I want to know what you all think about this. Which do you think is more effective in training teachers, traditional student teaching programs or teacher residencies? I was having this conversation with someone I went to college with. She graduated from our Alma mater's teacher education program, and I'm finishing up my student teaching in an M.A. in Teaching program. My friend is someone who is passionate about education but ended up leaving the profession after one year. I'm wrapping up my internship at an inner-city school. My program is very traditional in the sense that you take 2 years of courses in theory and then spend one semester observing one day a week in middle and high schools, and then a semester full-time teaching -- 7 weeks at a high school, 7 at a middle school. The teacher next-door to me is a resident teacher. Her program gives her the same degree as me, however, it is a 4 year process. This person is finishing her first year, where she is a co-teacher in a veteran teacher's classroom and takes night school classes in education. Next year, she will have her own classroom, finish up classes and graduate with her degree. The third and fourth year, she is a full-fledged teacher but still receives mentoring and coaching from the residency program. I look at the resident's experience and mine and it has been totally different. The kids view her as a real teacher and take her seriously. Whereas they know I'm just another intern (my university sends a lot of student teachers there) who is doing their 7-week run through. They do not take me seriously and treat me like a substitute teacher, despite the support of an awesome mentor teacher and an AP. This middle school experience has been awesome, but stressful at the same time because of how the kids view me. I wonder how different my experience would have been if I tried a residency. It seems very effective and those teachers apparently last longer than some of us who go through traditional teacher education programs. There's something to be said about these residency programs where you receive on the spot training and practical realistic training in courses taught by seasoned educators, compared to education theory taught by professors who either never taught in a K-12 classroom, or did briefly 30 years ago before getting their PhD and oblivious to how out of touch they are with education. Thanks for putting up with my tangent! What are your thoughts? Any teacher residents out there?