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Year 2 Day 30-Direct Control

by admin on October 1st, 2004

Yesterday I was informed again, how much my principal wants us to lean towards MORE direct instruction in our classes. I’ve got issues with this. Once again, I’ll list them.

1) If the kids at this school functioned in a lecture style environment, they’d still be at the comprehensive high school. These kids can’t take large doses of lecturing. They have poor listening skills, note taking skills, and low interest in school in general.
2) The teachers here aren’t really skilled lecturers in all the subjects they ask us to idirectly instructi I can tread water in Economics, but I’m a flop at government lectures, and I don’t have any desire to improve. Me working towards becoming this great government teacher does nothing but guarantee I’ll get more government classes to teach. I don’t want more government classes.
3) I lecture as necessary. If I need to get a concept across to the entire group, I’ll speak on it. I think you can do direct instruction on an individual basis, as the particular student needs it, for a particular concept.
4) The kids in our school switch classes every 6 weeks. This practically guarantees that every kid in your class will be on a different section of the book. This makes it nearly impossible to lecture and have it applicable to every student. Am I suppossed to lecture on a topic if only 3 of the kids in the class are working on that section?
5) Why would anyone want to get up in front of a group of troubled kids and struggle through a lecture on a topic they’re not comfortable with, or interested in? I know I don’t.

It’s all really ridiculous. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before but our Principal has about 4 years of teaching experience, in very small classes. From what I’ve heard, he’s not real good at it either. It’s really easy to tell someone to do something that you don’t have to do.

I’m going to have to sit down with him sometime and explain my issues with this whole deal. It just cements the fact I need to teach art 100% of the day.
Then direct instruction wouldn’t be an issue, it’d be art which only requires about 25% direct instruction.

The trouble is how do you tell someone, who is your immediate supervisor that what he’s asking you to do is stupid. Do I walk in and go..

iUhm, Hey, regarding that whole direct instruction thing… uhm, yeah, not going to do that, sorry.i

Does he want to walk in and see us making up stuff to lecture the kids on? These kids aren’t your future college grads. They need to know the basics to get them through life. That’s what I lecture them about.

Don’t get me wrong, I think direct instruction is a valuable part of education, it just needs to be used wisely.

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