De-Base Teaching Methods

| KY, USA | Learning | July 26, 2017

(I am just starting student teaching, and my lead teacher is giving me a task to complete.)

Teacher: “So I need you to go down to the basement and organize the materials by category.”

Me: “Okay, sure thing!”

Teacher: *leading me down to the basement* “Make sure you have your phone with you. I get really scared to stay down here by myself. I’m always afraid that a homeless person has broken in and is living down here.”

Me: “Oh, uh… okay.”

Teacher: *arrives at the basement* “Here we are! Oh, I can’t find the light switch. You can manage, right?” *leaves*

(And that was the start of a bad student teaching experience. Luckily I only had to stay there a few months!)

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  • Adrian Mckeehan

    “I’m always afraid that a homeless person has broken
    in and is living down here.”

    Isn’t that a movie starring Joe Pesci and Brendan Fraser.

    I think it’s called With Honors

    • Gnomer Denois

      Be careful. Those basement dwelling homeless people are likely to steal your thesis and hold it hostage.

      • S123

        Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

  • Max

    I did basement work for a few months. We didn’t have any homeless people. Did have many, many overly-friendly spiders and one major flooding incident that no-one warned me about before I went down there.

    • Sionyx

      To be fair, I’d expect spiders to be involved when working in a basement.

      • Max

        I’m normally OK with spiders but one of them decided to take up residence in my underwear.

        • Rilka

          AAANNNND my slowly diminishing fear of spiders suddenly increases again.

          +1 to you.

  • Kathy

    (And that was the start of a bad student teaching experience. Luckily I only had to stay there a few months!)
    In the basement???

    • Bobismeisbob

      That’s one heck of a hazing!

  • Matt Westwood

    Sorry, I don’t understand: it’s bad because a) you’ve got a witlessly blathering colleague who talks a load of rubbish, b) because you have to find the light switch all by yourself, or c) because you’ve got to do the tedious clerical work of organizing the materials by category? Yeah, if I had c) then I’d definitely say yes, it was a sucky job. Apart from that: what?

    • RallyLock

      This one is “c”.

      Student teaching in the USA is basically an unpaid teaching internship. You’re there to actually take over teaching the class(es) full-time, while your lead teacher (aka supervising teacher or cooperating teacher, depending on the school you’re assigned to or the university you attend) mentors you on how to improve your teaching. Also, you’re not getting paid ANYTHING – but you are still paying university tuition, plus any travel expenses (i.e. gas/petrol if you have a long drive to the school), while you’re basically doing the work of a full-time teaching job.

      You’re definitely not there to do menial labor for your lead/supervising/cooperating teacher just because they want to save some time out of their own schedule.

      • Matt Westwood

        Gotcha.

        The system of internship sucks and stinks anyway, as it ensures that only the rich kiddies get the work experience they need to get a job. People from poor backgrounds have to work paying gigs in order to support themselves (“want fries with that?”) and come away with a considerable and debilitating disadvantage.

        • RallyLock

          It’s not so much of a hindrance in the USA – even if you’re dirt-poor, you can still go to college and get an internship in whatever field you go into, without taking on a paying job at the same time.

          The only difference is that, if you’re poor and don’t work, you’re stuck with several thousand dollars of student loan debt, while the wealthy are able to start putting their paychecks toward buying a house/car/etc., or starting a retirement account, straight out of college.

      • Bethany Lieflijk

        Sounds close enough to what Professional Practice is in Australia, with the negatives enhanced.

    • Patrick Mccurry

      I’ll explain. Humans have negative emotions called… fears. These can be exacerbated by something called… imagination. Not everyone can live by sheer obnoxiousness and grump alone.

      • Matt Westwood

        Such people are called “cowards”, “wussies” or “Americans.”