Does this make any sense to anyone else?

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Does this make any sense to anyone else?
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Tue, 12-08-2009 - 5:31pm
Our head admin informed me that in my lesson plans, she wants a breakdown of what we'll be doing when *by the minutes in class.* For example, she wants to know, specifically, what we'll be doing from, say 10:45 to 11:03 or 12:40 to 1:00. She's nit-picky anyway but this seems ridiculous. I'm thinking I know why she's doing this but really, when does it become so nit-picky that she's creating improbable and impossible work environments and unreasonable expectations?


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Sat, 12-26-2009 - 5:14pm

Yep, she sure is. That's what your SCHEDULE IS FOR. (so sick of idiot admins) She should have a copy of your lesson plan and your schedule so she will know what's going on. I have never had to give a minute break down in my lesson plans. You give a daily schedule to them and a lesson plan. I tell you, absolute power corrupts absolutely!! Love this profession!!

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Sat, 12-26-2009 - 12:59pm

I had a principal like this. I had to take a year off using child-rearing leave to get out of the school. Thank goodness there are 20-some elementary schools in my district to transfer to.

I would write down what you THINK you will be doing minute by minute. Could you say the anticipatory set will last 10 minutes, the introduction to new material will last 10 minutes, the whole class practice/check or understanding will last 10 minutes, then the work time will last so many minutes with small group instruction included in this time? I teach 3rd grade, so most of my day is set up in 10-15 minute increments anyway.

If she comes in and you are not on schedule, hopefully she will understand that you can't always make a schedule work.

It seems like you think she has it out for you, which she very well may. BTDT here. Funny how I needed so much improvement at my old school, but was rated "distinguished" at my current school.

Hope this helps.

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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 5:52pm
I wish I could say that there is a way to reason with her, but unfortunately, there's not. She seems to have a beef with my teaching and thinks my students are always off-task. How that is possible when I have them busy from the time class starts to the bell that changes classes, I don't know. She's coming in and out of my class frequently now, looking, I'm sure, for something to nit-pick. Unless you're on her favorites list, you are never doing anything right. As I said, I'm certain of why she's doing this and I think if I stick to what I'm doing, eventually, it's all going to air itself out.


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Wed, 12-09-2009 - 3:12pm

Not much else to add but I totally agree with the other poster!


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Wed, 12-09-2009 - 10:13am
She's completely out of line. I don't know where you live but, in CT where I live we have something called the CT common core of teaching and it's a huge outline of what teachers are expected to know and do. One big part is called "assessing and adjusting". Teachers are expected to be able to do that while teaching so if you're in the middle of a lesson and you see a lot of blank stares you know you have to adjust the lesson and present it another way or go back and review, etc. How the heck can you do that if you have to write down what you will be doing every minute? Does she think students are just empty vessels that you pour your knowledge into? Does she buy into very old fashioned models of instruction? It certainly sounds that way. If students are supposed to be active learners, how can you predict what they will be doing every minute of the lesson?
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Wed, 12-09-2009 - 10:11am

I agree with the others. This is ridiculous. Maybe she's trying to study time spent on specific skills or standards, but anyone with any logic can see that it makes no sense to try to actually stick to that strict of a schedule.


If she doesn't seem interested in checking up on what you are doing, give her something close and go on doing your thing. If she seems to be intent on checking up and making sure you're on schedule, you'll have to try to explain that kids ask questions and get involved in discussions on some topics. That can throw the schedule way off the plan. You never want to miss a teachable moment just to meet a schedule!

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Tue, 12-08-2009 - 8:31pm

Whoa! Completely impossible in my opinion.

Could you explain to her that you can't do this in such a way that it sounds good? Like, maybe you don't want to limit student interest, or something along those lines?

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Tue, 12-08-2009 - 5:53pm

IMHO, that's WAY overboard.