It was a long Sunday; the majority of which had been spent working on an assessment report for one of my students who was struggling in the classroom. I'd spent all afternoon analyzing data and outlining academic goals.
I'd planned a dinner date for that evening with a brown-haired, handsome man: my reward for a day of hard, unpaid work. We were meeting at Blue Dog, my favorite place to get a burger while hopefully making some sort of connection with whomever sat across the table from me. We met up, exchanged pleasantries, and sat down. As our conversation turned to our careers, I knew instantly the only thing I'd be enjoying on this date was the burger.
As he imparted a running commentary dissecting my job as a resource teacher, I counted the moments until I could return home and never speak to him again. And after reliving this date with many of my teacher friends, we came up with a simple, short list of things to NEVER say to an educator you're out on a date with.
1. It's easy to follow a curriculum
"Following a curriculum" only works when every single child understands every single concept at the exact same time. When teachers practice lessons on our own, we do it perfectly. We ensure the lesson covers everything and reaches every student. It's amazing how well lessons go during practice run-throughs.
Then, we do that perfectly planned lesson with the students and too often it falls apart. It doesn't matter that we practiced, or that we were sure the lesson plan was perfect. Some kids will get it immediately and want to move on, some may need it retaught several times... as an educator, your job is to figure out how to work with the kids at the top, kids at the bottom, and kids in the middle so everyone gets what they need at the same time. Yes, it would be easy to just follow a curriculum if it weren't for those crazy kids.
It's like they have minds of their own.