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I'm currently student teaching at a high school in Chicago, which is why I cannot take new students for a while. For those of you unfamiliar with student teaching, it's a ten week bootcamp for beginning teachers. You take over a current teacher's full classload and teach as a fulltime teacher, with all the responsibilities that come with it such as attending meetings and meeting parents, all the while being supervised both by the current teacher and a state-mandated supervisor.
 
What's been especially tough for me is two areas. First is lesson planning. In my tutoring sessions I always spend looots of time trying to think of the best lesson apt for that student. Then I implement it and see if it works. But because everything is one on one, I get feedback easily. Not in a class of 35. Not only do you have to teach a lesson to 35 individuals, you need to master the dynamics of class management, something that is not easy because it always changes with each class. No two groups are the same. Sometimes, the energy is similar, but never the same. It's the people in the class that influence the group dynamic. But I digress. Instead of teaching customized lesson plans, I find myself sometimes reverting to generic, textbook based lesson plans. Because it's easiest, and I dont have time, considering I must plan four lessons every day in addition to mountains of grading, and staying on track of students. As a new teacher, I'm surprised at my mundane-ness. I now see why my teachers, the majority of them, relied so heavily on the textbook.
 
The second area, which I touched above, is classroom management. I have heard horror stories of other classes, especially junior high. Talk about bad phases in one life. I sure will enjoy middle age more than I did junior high. There's something about the desire to impress one's classmates that ...