This is my third year teaching. However, I can still remember my practicum/student teaching experiences. It seemed that most of the people in my college classes that participated in these field experiences went above and beyond the general responsibilities. Well, in my past three years that I have taught, I have had around five student teachers/practicum students. ALL of them have been terrible. They do not show up, they do NOTHING in my classroom, they sit there and stare at the students during centers instead of helping, and they NEVER offer to do any kind of lesson. What in the world? What is the point of them coming into a classroom? Yesterday, I ask my student teacher to be here at 7:30 (which she is supposed to be anyway) and watch the class briefly while I was gone to a parent conference. Well, she comes rolling in at 7:45 making me fifteen minutes late for the conference. Then, she did not even show up today. I am just furious! I welcome these students into my room and try so hard to be flexible and give them a good experience. I am almost sour to the whole thing. I try to be a good cooperating teacher, but I am tired of babysitting these idiots. I am not trying to be rude, but I am over it! I hate the way that they are wasting my time. What do they think is going to happen when they have a classroom of their own? Coming in fifteen minutes late will never be acceptable. Is it just me, or do many student teachers just not work as hard anymore? Have a lot of universities lowered their standards on who they will certify as a teacher? Urg! Thoughts?