One of the frustrating things about teaching at the type of school that routinely requests more corps members is the astonishing lack of curriculum. My mom works in education as a special education teacher and is constantly baffled by how much lesson planning and curriculum design I do every week. Over the last year, I have developed my own rubric, method to teach the writing process, and implementation of writing procedures.
Right now, I’m trying to figure out a way to teach my kids how to revise their writing tomorrow. I know that they should work in groups to do this and that they should be able to bounce ideas off of each other, but I have no idea how to set it up. I don’t know how to create an efficient system to manage this. No one, at my school or in TFA, has ever sat me down. pedagogically speaking, and said this is how you teach a thesis statement. And so here I am, at 9:19, sitting in Portable 4 trying to come up with a new system on the fly when there are hundreds of perfectly good ones out there, just outside of the reach of a Google search.
When we talk about reforming our education system, fixing things that are broken, and giving our kids the chance to be successful, sometimes the answer is such an easy fix that we overlook it. Give the new teachers a viable curriculum and some pedagogical footing and I bet they can do some pretty neat stuff.