Teaching? I’m not teaching
Posted by aphillieteacher on December 13, 2010
. . . I’m grading papers and using a primitive rubric to do it with.
The district has finally gone above and beyond anything I dreamed of.
In its quest to raise PSSA scores for our juniors, it has suspended all literature instruction and mandates that every week until PSSA testing in March, the juniors will
1. read a non-fiction text selected by the district
2. write a 5 paragraph response to a canned prompt
3. peer edit and rewrite
4. track their scored “progress” on a district-made table
Forget about literature, free thought or anything akin to high school learning. We’re on a tread mill here, people!
On the bright side, I am liberated from writing lesson plans since everything is already done for me. Apparently that MA I got in literature was a waste of time and money because I don’t have to teach a damned thing — probably they don’t want me to.
Thanks for the paycheck, chumps. Meanwhile the kids are getting screwed big time.