Hitting the wall
I’ve lost it. I’m so angry I could… oh hell, I don’t even know what to do I’m so angry.
Nothing happened, not anything any different than any other day. I read a couple of teachers’ blogs. I checked in on Twitter. And all of a sudden it was as if I couldn’t breathe.
Here’s what I read.
Brian Crosby’s blog, Learning is Messy. Last year, a 1:1 laptop classroom where more exciting things happened in a day than might in a month in a book and paper-centered class. This year, computers sit in boxes as he waits for the IT folks to 1) install the new wireless system, a last task in a school-wide renovation, so that he can 2) prove the old computers won’t work with the new system, so that he can 3) set about solving the situation.
Paul Bogush, writing about a recent meeting:
We need to improve on three sections of our state testing so we are going to do more test prep on those three sections. First we have to improve on our writing prompts. The answer is to not have kids do more authentic writing or have them do more writing that they might enjoy, but to standardize the prompts across the district so that every kid gets accessed on the same prompt. Then we have to improve self to text connections. The answer is not to create units that connect to students’ live and reading material that connects with their lives, but to give them standardized reading assignments and force them to make a connection with whatever is read. Finally we have to improve reading comprehension. We are not going to help them by letting them read material they might enjoy, or making sure the have the proper background to understand and make connections to what they read, we are simply going to give them standardized sections of text to read and…
Ms. Brave Teaches NYC describing an administrator’s response to the impossibility of teaching a class when she’s got an out-of-control student who’s starting 2nd grade for the third time.
And these are just three teachers.
I started to think, if I were one of these teachers, what would I do?
Mr. Crosby sounds like he’s going to try to make magic happen, but he says he’s “on edge.”
Ms. Brave is talking about quitting and she’s serious.
Mr. Bogush, the upbeat, dedicated, innovative teacher I follow on Twitter, sounds like he’s ready to give up.
What would I do?
What will we do?