TFA Institute: where a holiday is actually not a holiday, but a workday. Sigh.
I would’ve liked to get my 2 lesson plans done early. Yeah, we changed things too many times to be able to do that. I wasted at least an hour today because the objectives don’t always go together and I’ve started and someone says, “Hey! These two objectives should go together so you’re doing this one instead.” That happened twice today. So, no holiday for me because I couldn’t get ahead. Staying up until 11:30 finalizing the two lesson plans on the 4th of July. I had a lunch break and a dinner break and that’s it. This isn’t real life lesson plans, that’s fer shure. And I’ve been known for my ability for lesson planning in a real school setting. Vision setting? Blah. Whatevs. It’s called a unit plan! It REALLY annoys me that as an educator in the non TFA classroom, you are assessed on how your students do on tests as well as how engaged they are. During our lesson planning, the vision setting and assessment are really what we get feedback on. Your lesson could be as boring as sitting watching paint dry and they don’t evaluate that. They want good classroom management, but they don’t tell you how to engage your classroom. That REALLY annoys me. What you are being assessed on as a regular classroom teacher is not aligned with what we’re being assessed on (with the exception of assessments) for TFA lesson plans. Resources are okay, but it’s almost frowned on in our group to share resources (like worksheets, powerpoints, etc.) We haven’t got much comments on it positively or negatively, but it’s almost been given like we’re doing something bad, and that’s not realistic at all. You MUST coplan with people all the time. I just don’t get it.
Oh, and I didn’t appreciate my CMA asking if we could get “our lesson plans in as early as possible” so he didn’t have to do 30 lesson plan feedbacks tomorrow. Give us more time to work on it, and that’s something we could do. However, I didn’t any time off today at all and I haven’t had much time to do lesson planning while in school. So… tttttttpppppbbbbbtttttt. I want to tell my CMA, you got to enjoy your holiday.
I also understand the benefit of practicing. How can you practice when you haven’t finalized what you’re doing the lesson two days hence?
Oh, and I know when you say “I only want a rough draft in” you actually mean that you want it as close to possible to perfect so we do’t have to spend more time on it. Rough draft really means get it done right the first time.
I realize I’m bitching. There’s been a ton of wonderful things I’ve learned the last couple of days that I think will truly make a positive impact in my classroom.
I’m just not feeling it right now.
I am wound up, annoyed and frustrated. I had to get this out before I went to bed. My roommate has it worse than me, I do have to say. She’s elementary ed, so she’s got something like three mini-lessons to create per day (Six due tomorrow).
This week is going by faster than last week. Yay. 2.5 weeks left.