I feel so stupid
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|Sun, 10-23-2005 - 10:09pm|
I feel so stupid with this new "Comprehensive Curriculum" our state has implemented.
In some ways it reminds me of Whole Language that was all the rage many years ago. I was given a several day workshop on WHole Language and told to go forth and prosper. So for a few years, I *tried* to teach what I thought Whole Language was. And probably didn't really teach much of anything. There was one teacher at our school who did a great job of teaching it, but I never got it. I don't think I would ever get it. I don't think I have a "whole language" mind.
Now I am supposed to implement this new curriculum. Problem is I don't understand what they're asking for or what I'm supposed to do with some of it. Most of it. ANd once again, I really feel like I'm teaching nothing of value. (And most of the other teachers I've talked to feel the same way, so I'm pretty sure I'm not the only stupid one.)
This is from one of our "activities" - which as near as I can figure is really several days worth of stuff.
"The teacher will present a science fiction/fantasy web or chart modeling the similarities and differences in the plot, setting, problem, and characters."
OK - pardon me for being dense, but what ARE the differences???
"The teacher will also conduct mini-lesson reviews on author's POV and theme development."
Alrighty - author's POV is either first person or third person (omniscient?) right?? I can do that in about 4 minutes. But what is this theme development stuff?? What am I supposed to do with that??
"Students will view film clips of a science fiction story and a fantasy and then create an attribute chart that compares/contrasts the characteristics."
Well, how about pointing me in some direction and at least give me some film titles that I should get "clips" from. Better yet, just send me the DVD of the clips. Surely they can do a better job than me of finding something that illustrates what they think should be illustrated.
"Teacher will read aloud a short science fiction story."
Once again - how about a title? Science fiction not being one of my favorite genres, I don't really have much of a repertoire of long and short stories.
I sit down and try to plan my lessons according to this new "bible" that they've presented us with and I want to cry with frustration. My students want to cry with boredom. IN reality what I've been doing is putting some of this stuff on my lesson plan, closing my door, and politely going about my business trying to teach my students things like writing a complete sentence correctly and understanding what they read and hear. I've tried to give this stuff some lip service, and I feel like I'm being much less effective than I have been the past few years.
I've been teaching nearly 20 years now. Maybe I AM getting dumber.