I recently visited a student teacher at the end of his first month of full-time student teaching in an urban magnet school, and I had high hopes for him in his new placement. 1 I had watched him struggle with teaching science to 6th graders during his initial practicum and was looking forward to seeing him teach a lesson in physics, his college major and area of teacher certification. He had assured me that a high school physics class was where he belonged, given his experience as an electrical engineer in a previous career.