|Don't let her make you feel like a crappy teacher!|
Every time I go to a training meeting put on by the state or the district, I have a massive urge to blog about what I wish we did and complain about what we really did. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: teachers make the worst students, and today I was the worst of all: I was a class clown. So I started to wonder why, and maybe I can apply it to my own classes.
- I don't know if anyone has noticed besides my wife and maybe the afternoon custodian, but I work my butt off for this job. And yet, whenever I go to trainings and find out all these strategies that good teachers use that I'm not using, I feel like I'm still not that good at my job. So I goof off to shake off that feeling. Makes me wonder about the kids that goof off in my classes. Could it be that my class makes them feel incompetent?
- Too much fluff, not enough stuff. (I just like phrases that rhyme, even if they don't make much sense.) I don't need feelgoodery. I don't need some teary-eyed district lady telling me how much my work (and by 'my work' I mean she's saying it to a room of over 80 teachers) means to my students. I want actual resources, actual practices. And that doesn't come from some district lady, it comes from other teachers. Maybe they've occasionally attempted to foster actual collaboration between teachers, but I have yet to see such a thing.
- Along the same note, I want a lot less of the general practices, and a lot more specific practices and activities for my subject. Very few things can be applied to every subject, yet we spend so much time all together. I feel particularly victimized because I teach classes that very few people out there teach, at least to my age group. They'll cluster me with somewhat similar teachers, or at least they're project-based like me: Foods/Home Ec, Shop, IT. Even so, it's tough to find common practices. I want to be put with a whole group of teachers like me so we can really talk about teaching strategies.
- My butt hurts. It's so cruel that my students have to sit on those hard chairs all day, every day!