I was having a conversation with a fellow co-worker about how today's student teachers don't seem as stressed about student teaching as we were when we went through it. As I think back to 1999, I remember wanting to show a three-minute clip from a documentary for one of my classes. That involved me setting up my VCR to tape it when it came on TV, taking that tape to the school and fast-forward to the spot I wanted, recording it onto another tape with our dubbing system, checking out a TV/VCR cart and finally having it ready for class.
Now, I search for a clip on YouTube, and I'm done. 3 hours of time down to 20 seconds.
However, I believe it is a different generation with different needs that our student teachers are teaching.
Who had it easier? Hard to say.