I was lucky because my teacher program did do a lot with classroom management and practicallities. Report cards are so different from school to school, though. I think the most valuable thing was that we had 12 months of student teaching while so many programs have just a few weeks. As a secondary student teacher I did 6 weeks at a junior high and 6 weeks in high school then we had our full semester placement which was a "full take over" of two periods. We had a master teacher in the room, but we were responsible for everything. I think that sort of scaffolded reality was very helpful. We weren't observers, we were actually teaching while still under a teacher. I guess I would have liked more reading instruction information. As a secondary teacher, they assume your students can read, and that isn't always the case. I do find my self having to teach phonics and beginning writing. I guess I also could have used more information on differentiating instruction in mixed classes. Oh, and the idea that just because I have a credential in English doesn't mean that I won't be assigned to teach other subjects. I taught 4 years of social studies.