April 10, 2006

Toughest teaching job there is

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:27 pm by mrsmauck

I was talking with a friend over the weekend who is a college instructor, and continued to marvel at all the differences between being a secondary and postsecondary teacher. In public schools, you’ve got to plan for enrichment, remediation, lesson plans with three 15-minute activities, etc. My friend simply lectures and asks questions in her classes, and then leads lab experiments. My graduate program advisor and I were planning the graduate component of a class I’m going to take with him, and I suggested I turn in lesson plans for each work we read. He asked me what all my lesson plans would entail, since he’s never written one. It seems there’s just so much more organization, flexibility, and even creativity required for high school students. The difference? The majority of high school students don’t want to be there. There’s this whole new set of tactics you have to adopt when you have unwilling students and material they have to know for testing, both for EOIs (End of Instruction exams) and for college entrance exams. Not that college instructors and professors don’t have a tremendous responsibility-they do-but it just seems that the job of the secondary instructor is much more complicated. Does that ring true to anyone else?

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