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    I guess my questions here would be:

    1. Are you student teaching for this same teacher second semester?
    2. If not, when does the semester finish?

    I guess I would say if the answer to #1 is no, and #2 is two weeks, I might be tempted to just "let things ride."

    Since you are "almost at the end" of your time with this teacher, I'm not sure if it's worthwhile to try to "fix" things--and it sounds like they may not be able to be "fixed" anyway. I once taught with a teacher who could be "nice as pie" one minute and "blow up" the next. It's tough because you never know when you are going to be "attacked." It would be harder in your situation since this is someone you have to work with so closely.

    Both situations you mentioned sound pretty unreasonable to me. Granted, materials should be ready the night before, but there are plenty of commited teachers who occasionally run something off at the last minute. And berating a teacher (or student!) in front of others is not professional in my opinion.

    This doesn't give you much help, but perhaps some empathy. If you really want to work things out, you might try to sit down and talk with this teacher about what she thinks you could do differently. You might also get your supervisor's "take" on the matter. I guess it's up to you if you think it's worth the bother or not since you're so near the end.

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