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Daily Journal Day 5

by admin on August 26th, 2003

So today is interesting. It was better than yesterday in that it was one day closer to the end. I found out today I am getting evaluated, which is to me necessary, but how do you evaluate someone properly when they are teaching a subject matter that is not their forte? Imagine if you were taken out of your job; example: You’re a chef, and someone says, hey, you’re a good chef, but this year your going to be a hotel office manager, and we’re going to evaluate you on how well you do. I don’t see how someone can judge me on how good of an educator I am teaching subjects I only had briefly in college. I feel like Mario Andretti would feel if they told him he had to drive bumper cars for the rest of his life. I have subjects I can teach, and teach well/c,C |in a normal high school setting. But here I am in by far the most challenging area of education (I’ll justify in a second) teaching subjects I only like moderately. Ok here’s justification for continuation education being the most difficult level of all of education.

1) The easiest by far has to be college, sure larger crowd, BUT you get to teach a subject highly specific to your specialties, your papers get graded 75% by Aides, or Assistants, you teach only 3 or four classes a week, you get sabbatical, paid for, and encouraged, students are there because a) they paid for it, and b) they want to be. SO it’s easy, that’s why you see professors for like 500 years, plus more pay. You know they have all sorts of free time because they all lecture, write books, tour the country, etc.

2) Private School- the fact the education is being paid for really means some parent must care, or they can play a sport.

3) Regular Education, of course there are some differences between the levels I think High School is easiest (usually one subject matter) Jr. High and Elementary I would rank the same. Better kids in Elementary school, but more work. Jr. High has the pubescent kids, who create a weird situation, but they’re still 75% good kids with goals.

4) Substitute Teachers- Yes they have it easier, you get to go home that day, with the possibility of something new the next. Kids can be a bit mean to substitutes, but that usually has to do with the subs appearance or personality.

5) Special Ed. I have worked with special education students quite a bit, and I find them really nice/c,C |the parents are almost always super supportive, and you have specialists and aides to help out. And there is a fundamental difference between my kids and special ed. kids. Retarded and Stupid are totally different words.

6) Continuation kids- They come from lousy homes, they can’t succeed or haven’t in regular education settings, they have poor study skills if any at all, the schools get the bottom of the budget, the hand me down text books, teachers teaching subjects (lots of them) that they didn’t go to school to teach, poor facilities. Rumor has it our school is actually condemned, and in 2 years we’ll be on another hand-me-down site, our 3rd in 6 years. I’ve taught at both Regular Ed, and Continuation, and as a summer school substitute. This IS the most challenging. Think back to any class you’ve been in up until college. You always remember the one or two kids who made the class hard to deal with, the bullies, the loudmouths, etc. now picture a class full of those kids, and you have my school. Not all kids here are that bad. We get some kids form out of state, that make a poor choice, and send their kids here and they seem o.k. We also get some kids who got really sick, and got behind on credits, and end up here. Those kids are fine, and they usually hammer out their work, and graduate early. 90% of the kids here are constantly looking for the easiest way out. IF it’s hard, they don’t wanna do it, they want the class or assignment that makes it so they have the most time for socializing, and not doing anything. I think this has to do with the fact that usually mom and dad are on welfare, and get paid to not do anything.

Here’s today’s example; I sent three kids to the library to do research on Renting vs. Owning a house. They were to get some information, I looked at the information they printed out, and 90% of it was pictures of tattoos, and weed pipes. I don’t recall those being things I needed to show proof of for purchasing MY home, but again, it’s different times.

I was showing ‘Gods and Generals’ in my Film studies class, and only one person just sat and quietly watched the movie (this doesn’t include the three sleeping). Two argued over something that happened LAST year, one complained about how all the movies we watch suck (yet he’s signed up for the class EVERY term) one just looked at his cell phone all period. (That’s another topic) Several Just argued over how bad it sucked the South didn’t win the war, and kept yelling at the movie to ” kill someone already” Ok it’s not like I just sit here and watch them do this, this is with me telling them over and over to pay attention, just watch and see, and moving my chair amongst them. This is a totally different animal. The attention span of most of these kids is like 5 minutes. Here’s a recap of one section of the movie. Stonewall Jackson was speaking with one of his Majors (I believe), and both men were very bearded. One kid Says, ” Dude, what’s up with all these dude’s and their big burl beards? ”
Second kid, ” Dude they all had burl beards ”
” That’s F***ed up, I wouldn’t grow my shit that big for no one ”
” Dude it’s not like you had to ”
“How do you know”
“Dude, shut the f**k up, all them motherf***ers don’t have beards.”
“Dude you’re gay”
It went on, but the point is that stupid things irrelevant to the movie plot will tip these kids off on other movies, or topics for lengths of time (I think ADD is what they call it). Another example (same class). One kid thought the film was “hella gay”, and that spawned a 10 minute dialogue on how Signs was the “gayest” movie he’d ever seen.
So this, in a nutshell, was day 2. I am so eager to report how the remainder of the year progresses.

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