Have you had a student teacher this year? Is their student teaching program different than when you were a student teacher?
When I student taught I was in one class for the entire semester – for 2 semesters. It was only me (and the master teacher) and I was there for the entire school day, everyday. The only thing I had to do outside of student teaching was meet once a week in the evening with my supervisor and the other student teachers. I had no other "school" responsibilities, just my lessons, and the education of myself and my students.
When I student taught I became 100% vested in the classroom, the kids and their success. If my master teacher had recess duty, I went to duty. If I gave a test, I corrected the test. During parent teacher conferences, I was there for all of them. I helped the students build a rancho, practice for a square dance assembly, learn how important it is to take care of their teeth, I helped them learn their math facts, and how to read and how to dig deeper while reading. I created interactive math and reading lessons and watched the students grow and learn.
When I student taught, I became their teacher. My master teachers (one in kinder and one in fourth) and my supervisor were there to guide and advise me, but I became the students' teacher.
Student teachers today (at least in my area) do not become vested in their student teaching. Student teaching is just another hoop they have to jump through on their way to graduating.
Student teachers today are put two in a class and they take turns teaching. They are not in the classroom all day, they leave by lunch. When it is time for them to leave they grab their stuff and go, making sure they have their homework or assignment ready for the class or meeting they are heading to. They rarely take anything home to correct, they usually expect the master teacher to correct all of the work they have given out.
Student teachers today are taking multiple classes as they student teach. They do not have time to do recess duty, correct tests, or meet parents. They have their own meetings, their own projects, and their own deadlines, but what they don’t have is a vested interest in the kids they are teaching.If student teachers are too busy with their own "stuff", it begs the question, are the student teachers of today really ready to meet the demands of having their own classroom?
Are the student teachers in your area ready?