After some 30 years of [analyzing teaching], I have concluded that classroom teaching—particularly at the elementary and secondary levels—is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and most demanding, subtle, nuanced, and frightening activity that our species has ever invented. In fact, when I compared the complexity of teaching with that much more highly rewarded profession, “doing medicine,” I concluded that the only time medicine even approaches the complexity of an average day of classroom teaching is in an emergency room during a natural disaster. When 30 patients want your attention at the same time, only then do you approach the complexity of the average classroom on an average day.
- The wisdom of practice: essays on teaching, learning and learning to teach Lee S. Shulman (via luckyseventeen)
All good teaching originates from the motive of generosity. To help others understand history, literature, mathematics or science is the ground upon which all learning stands. Fundamentally, education is the transmission of wisdom from one scholar to another.
I love this quote! Thanks for sharing.
I’m so angry at my co-teacher right now!! She did nothing while I was out sick yesterday. She said she worked on half of the lesson, but there was nothing done in the student books or on the graphic organizers. She literally spent two hours just going over exclamation points. WTF? And she acts like it’s my fault for not being here, when there was nothing stoping her from doing the lesson. Then today she wants me to do all of it, including the half she said she did but didn’t actually do, because she’s behind on paperwork. GAAHHHHH!!!
First Year of Teaching
Second year too. Except I made it a bit further. I’d be like if that second lady started trying to hop them and tripped like her friend.
I feel like 2nd year teaching they added spikes to the tops of the bars…
And you’re expected to be able to do it easily…
"Remember last time, you had these same problems with hurting yourself? Maybe you’re just not meant to run over the bars."
Oh it can’t be that this set of bars is set on difficulty level 11. Yes, all the other teachers have struggled with this particular set of bars. But even still, you’re expected to be able to run over them. That’s your job. Help? That’s not my job.
I’m not allowed to help until after you’ve crossed the bars. Next year, I’ll come by frequently to see how you’re doing on a third set of bars. I could have told you to stay away from the bars, but I’m giving you another chance. You should be grateful.
We’ll just be observing you randomly to make sure that you are making it over these bars cleanly. You understand that we have a responsibility to the people who created these bars to make sure that you are doing everything right when you hop them. No responsibilities to you, though. Except to observe. And occasionally tell you what you’re doing wrong.
You’d probably have less of a problem with these bars if you stopped trying to be the bars’ friends. Clearly that’s the problem.
Have you tried making them do less work? Clearly, your issue is your expectations are too high. Lower them.
Or push them harder. Clearly the bars don’t know that you’re in charge.
We’ll be having a meeting with the others who run over this set of bars at the end of the year to try to see which bars need to be put in other sets. Yes, we heard from you at the beginning of the year that some bars in your set should be moved. And yes, we know that the bars that gave runner A trouble and the bars that gave runner B trouble are all in your set together. And this conversation won’t impact you at all. But we want to make sure that next years teachers don’t come across the same issues. But you just need to finish hopping over these bars—nothing we can do now. Just do your job.
Have you tried making it fun for the bars?
While I appreciate the suggestions that you and the other runners have come up with to make these bars safer, that might cause issues when we go to reassemble the bars for the next runners who know how to deal with more challenging bars.
And you know, it’s really unfair to blame the issues you’re having on this set of bars. Yes, we know that every runner who has had them since the first year they were used has had issues with them. Yes, we know they have an awful reputation as being a particularly tough set. But it is still not OK to blame the bars for your difficulty in running over them.
"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
"When Mr. Carson helps me with my writing."
"What’s the hardest part about writing?"
"The spaces and the dents and you have to start with a capital. But if you do a good job Mr. Carson lets you play with toys."
Fun Fact: The average person would walk past a murderer about 36 times in their lifetime.I like how this is called a ‘fun’ fact.
It’s fun because they didn’t decide to murder you.
I kind of assume that as a public school teacher, since we interact with more or less everyone in a generation across all kinds of social strata, that our number is above average.
That’s really a sobering thought…