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Lesson Plans

Noisey classes

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Bo Sheffey (sheffey)
Thu, 03 Sep 1998 14:23:44 -0700

I am teaching middle school and allowed the students to talk quietly and
move around the room as needed. My principal approached me saying, No
one should be around your desk at any time, each student should stay in
his or her seat. I should go to them to bring materials, answer
questions, etc. Understand, I never sat at my desk much anyway...there
was always too much to do. She wants everyone to work until the very
last minute and comes in often to check. I feel that this has caused my
class to become less creative, and myself. In one breath, she wants
"creative interaction" but she also wants them to look and act like
little robots.
I'm having a hard time with this, but I am doing as I am told. (i.e.
paycheck). The loss is to the children....I tend to do assignments that
arent so messy to avoid hand washing etc.
I enjoy quiet, and so this procedure is easier on me in some ways. I've
never taught at such a regemented school. How do others of you cope with
having to "modify" your class to please an administrator who isnt even
aware of your objectives?
Whining some too. I just know that I have to find a way not to let their
interference into something they know so little about burn me out on
teaching. I'm trying setting a pleasant environment in the room, nice
soft music, and practicing the zen of dealing with one moment at a time
Also, my classes are mixed so each one has 6,7,8 graders, some who have
had no art, some with one year,etc as well as special ed kids, gifted
kids, and about 20 students who do not read, write, or speak English
yet. Nor do I speak spanish although we are teaching each other and that
is kinda fun for me.
Hints from others in similar situations?
Thanks for listening, Teresa Sheffey
El Paso, TX

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