“You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Into…”
I love exactly half of my student teaching experience. That is, I like the teaching part, and the student half is frustrating beyond all belief.
None of my credential classes have had anything more than a passing relevance to pedagogy or being a good teacher, and most of what they teach will turn out to be absolutely useless, by the admissions of everyone I’ve talked to about it.
Therefore, I thought some of these suggestions for a credential program were pretty marvelous.
EDU 430: Seminar in Realities of Teaching
This course will address topics that have nothing to do with teaching your content. It will be taught by teachers who actually have current teaching experience.
Topics will include: how to avoid fights in your classroom and what to do when there is one, boy fights vs. girl fights, recognizing gang signs, farts and all the ways they disrupt your class, translating teenage lingo, cell phone technology and how it’s used and abused, spotting the cheater, conferences, talking with parents, writing recommendation letters and reading between the lines, controlling your emotions, acting, picking your battles, classroom disruptions, going with the flow, pregnancy — not yours, what to do if you catch kids having sex in school, recognizing drunk or high students and what to do, referring abuse, homelessness, various scenarios of being told to F off, flying under the radar, and many, many more.
A commenter there added “how to write grants” to that list. Brilliant.
Now I know what to ask my master teacher about tomorrow.
Moral of the story? Just because the People’s Republic of California mandates it doesn’t mean that it’s useful.