So 300 students a semester?
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|Wed, 02-24-2010 - 7:42pm|
Today in a faculty meeting, my principal told everyone that next year we would probably be doing the Spanish classes through distance learning with the other school in the county. There are only 2 Spanish teachers at my school, and this is the first I was told of it. Maybe I'm just freaking out, but I don't see how high schoolers can learn (adequately anyway) a foreign language through distance learning. Here are some problems I see:
1. I already teach 150 students, so will that number increase or double? How do I keep track of papers, grades, etc?
2. This a language class. Meaning COMMUNICATION is essential! We don't even have one language lab, much less afford the technology needed so I can hear their pronunciation and they hear mine.
3. My Spanish 3 class is entirely dependent on talking with each other. In fact, one day every week is "conversation day" and we just chat. These are 2 rivals schools. Even if we could chat with technology, the kids aren't going to be interested in talking to each other unless it's "Yo momma..."
4. The only thing I can imagine is straight lecture. Ugh.
This is my 3rd year at this school, and while the school isn't great, my position is. But I think I'm going to my principal tomorrow morning and ask for clarification, because while I should smile and play nice for tenure, I am NOT willing to teach in that situation. If it were one class a day, maybe I could do it for a year, but I'm not doing every class and not 300 kids.