Posts Tagged ‘copies’
This tightly cropped and messed-a-little-with picture, courtesy of Kate, describes the student teaching experience.
I’m somewhere around week five’s upward trend. Little comfort, because it won’t last very long.
I’m feeling confident about my ability to keep the rapscallions under control, and I’m feeling more and more confident about my ability to plan a lesson that might even teach something they end up learning, but despair is on the horizon.
I’ve already begun to start planning curricula for next year, and it takes a hell of a lot of time. I’m only three weeks into 11th-grade U.S. history. I’m thankful that its three weeks on presidents, maps and timelines double as the first six weeks of 8th-grade U.S. history.
I’d be fine if I didn’t have anything else to do. The chances of nabbing a job teaching American history are slim to none, so I’ll probably end up teaching a different subject while I plan a whole new curriculum.
It’ll be harder, as I’ll have other obligations. You know: making copies, answering phone calls, doing paperwork, grading papers and homework. Oh, and because I’m a new teacher, I’ll get to coach, sponsor or mentor something.
I’ll be busy enough already with contractual obligations. Inevitably, good teaching will have to wait. How depressing.
Moral of the story? Teaching would be an easy job if we all had secretaries. That would leave us time to plan new, exciting or even worthwhile lessons from the get-go.
Hmph. Some joker complained about me to the head secretary because I was using the copy machine. She just had to have her 100 single-sided copies.
I say teachers should get their copies done ahead of time. Maybe that’s too responsible for her tastes.
Unlike her, I think ahead. Anyway, I did the same thing last week, and I timed it. I was within the 10-minute limit. Just not well within.
I was only making two class sets each of two stapled packets, each of those packets being three double-sided copies. I’m getting the jump on for next week, y’see, because I can’t in good conscience do my copies before school on Monday.
That would be rude.
Funny how silly people are when we have but the one working copy machine.
Moral of the story? I’m not actually this callous. I was simply more worried about what my master teacher would say than what the head secretary or the other staff think.