I am currently in grad school and as a requirement for many of my classes I must do observation. I did only a few hours at another school where the teachers didn't even know I would be there that day. I sat in the back and they just went along their way teaching not including me or describing any of their techniques they were using which was fine. So a I then went to another school and was paired up with a different teacher. The teacher was teaching for close to 20 yrs and was at this current school for a long time. Well her classroom management skills, or at least everything I learned and thought you shouldn't do she did. She sreamed constantly at the kids, I mean at the tops of her lungs singling individual students out and throwing and pointing her hand at them. She would also say outloud that certain students made stupid mistakes. Then there was the complaining. From the moment I stepped in until the day I left all she did was complain to me. When someone would knock at her door when they left, she would look at me and roll her eyes or start talking to me from across the classroom about how the interruptions are annyoing. Or she would start going on and on about how there was too much paperwork for her. She was really helpful in that she would show me how she graded things, described the lesson she was about to teache or call me up to watch her grade student's reading etc. It wasn't just like I was invisible in the classroom. But then she had me teach them, mind you I'm not a student teacher, while she did work. She had me do 2 reading lessons with them, pretty much told me on the spot to do it and then a food awareness lesson which was her job. She would do other work while I did this. I didn't complain bc I actually found it helped me, that was the first time I ever taught, even if she wasn't watching, but considering I was sent there to observe I don't know why she made me do that. She also made me bring them to lunch, bathroom, etc. We then had some other observers come in one of the days and when we were all chatting they even made comments that she seemed crazy lol. The part that really surpised me was how she bad mouthed and ripped apart all the kids parents to me. She would actually stop what she was doing and tell me to meet her in the hallway where she would tell me how soandso's parents spoil him, or so and so's mom has a live in boyfriend. She even went so far as telling me that one girl's parents were white trash. I mean I've never heard a teacher talking about a child's family to me, someone she hardly knows. She actually went so far as to talking about other teachers who would pass her in the hallway saying how this ones a princess. Anyway, when my few days were done I mentioned to her that I might be back next semester and possibly observe her class again, not bc I liked her management skills but she did help me out by giving me tons of information I could use for my class and I fell in love with the kids:wub: She said "oh well maybe since I got to know you but I doubt it since it's really annoying to have someone observing and I'm better off to I go to another class"hmy:. Well, for it being annyoing she certainly got use of me by smack talking about the kids and their parents and having me teach lessons. Any opinions? Was this professional behavior?