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College courses vs reality

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.ca.us)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 22:05:10 -0800

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Hi, Craig...following your train of thought and the others'....and not to
put you on the spot....just what DO college teachers teach undergraduates
these days? In the 60's I had such useless courses which served no purpose
to me as of yet in my career as an art teacher. Most of my education came
in the way of pure art courses. Education courses were a joke! Just why did
I need to know what "so-in-so" did back in 1936 in the field of education?
What I DID need to know was what kinds of lesson plans I needed in my "bag
of tricks" and how was I going to introduce them, how was I going to assess
students plus give them a grade, how to control 36 medium-sized yoyos in
one room and clean everything and everyone up (!) in 5 mins., how middle
school kids are entirely different from any other known species on the
planet, how to make an administrator (and a custodian) my "friends", how to
organize my classroom supplies, how to even ORDER supplies and be familiar
with different products continuously, what to do with a troubled teen, how
to be humorous and strict at the same time, how to arrange my room...just
how to deal with everyday reality. That doesn't seem to be what is taught
in college courses...REALITY...college courses, sorry to say, don't seem to
deal too well with REALITY. But they COULD!!!!!!!!,they COULD, they
COULD!!!! By the way, where did you ever get the number 25 as the number of
kids in a class? I have yet to have one of those small numbers in any of MY
classes! I teach anywhere from 34 to 40 a class...6 classes a day. I know
teachers who teach 50 or more! I'm not trying to give anyone here a bad
time, please believe that, but I do tend to feel, once again, college
doesn't deal well with reality! I wonder just how many "professors" get out
of their college world and visit on a fairly regular basis normal classroom
teaching in K12 and see what's REALLY happening out here!

PS...When I was hired, my principal had no CLUE as to what he had just
acquired. I had been out of teaching for 15 years. It was just his dumb
luck that he got one of the best teachers around...hee,hee!!

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526
sch.# 510-552-5620
bkramer.ca.us


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