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Re: PRE-observational vent-long post

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Artystyc3_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 11 2001 - 08:18:02 PST


Bunki-
I read your apprehensive note about an upcoming observation and I'm feeling a
kinship.
My administration-like many others-hasn't a clue as to the differences in
an academic setting as compared to a studio setting-let alone what were
teaching!
I just completed well over 40 hrs. of documentation for our private school
accreditation. It was just paperwork for me with absolutely no value to me
or my students. I had to write a scope and sequence for grades 3-12, and I
just finished the course mapping. You have to write what you teach, your
lesson plans,
your objectives, what the teacher will do, what the student will do, how long
it takes, a description of the material and books used,etc......etc.....I
also have been told it will include a section were I have to tie in a
"biblical teaching objective" into each lesson........! Now let me say, I
love the way I'm allowed to speak freely and integrate my faith and scripture
into ALL I do, but to actually write it all down
pre-planned for each lesson is a bit much. Back to my point.........it seems
this
format that fits other areas of study is supposed to work in my classroom too.
It doesn't. Now I know, and you know, your going to do what's best for your
students
despite all the outside suggestions and advice. This is also the first year
that,
because of overcrowding, I had to teach 7 classes outside my room because
they're
using my room to teach math! So , guess what? I had to change my curriculum
(Which made most of the scope and sequence irrelevant) to fit the cart and
conditions of the rooms I now work in..................mostly paperwork,
little to no 3-D.
Now....I said all that to say this, we have to educate the administration,
they really have no clue as to what we do. So, be polite, informative, and
stand firm on your convictions. We know how to do that ...don't we?
Patti in Fla.

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