Apalling. I know they are student teachers, but keep in mind they are PGCE not BEd., so should have an amount of knowledge of their own subject. English lesson. Student teacher teaching a low ability year 7 class. Topic: verbs <ol>[*]Teacher puts a list of words on board, for students to spot the verbs. One of the words was fish - not a good coice I thought, confirmed by a student choosing fish as a verb, which the teacher explained was a noun, despite kid saying that he goes fishing, and it is something he does. [*]When pupils were copying from the board, the teacher asks the class 'Have we all wrote that now?'!!!!![*]Filling in the blanks with verbs (all in different tenses which irritated me hugely, and I thought muddied the waters somewhat for such a low ability class, but that could be me being pedantic). Cows eat grass was an example. The last one was 'The Teacher asked tth students to work ________. Yep. The suggested verb, was <u>quietly</u>. How did quietly become a verb you may ask? She did explain that it was because you were doing it! So obviously adding an 'ly' to an adjective makes it a verb nowadays not an adverb![*]This lesson was repeated later in the day - last lesson, with all mistakes present and complete.</ol>Now, I am no english teacher, and may make many fine, nuanced grammatical errors, but I sure as heck would not say wrote instead of written, and I know the difference between a verb and an adverb. My subject knowledge for my subject carries me further than a low ability year 7 class. Oh, and she has a job for September. This after also covering a class for a D&T student teacher, who started the lesson ten minutes late after being unable to find the workbooks for the class, then some were sharing as she printed more off. She left me to teach the class half way through while she finished making a cake for some school event or another in the classroom next door. I don't routinely slag off student teachers, especially this time of year when they are so fraught with compiling evidence ad doing dissertations etc. but these expales really really hacked me off. Absolutely apalling and gainfully employed. Yes, I'm bitter after yeat another Spetmber comes with no post, but even given that aside, it is worrying.