Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Scripted lessons

Anonymous wrote:

"start nww post please--
Scripting, Innovation- where we are now
We've alluded to the end-of-the year scripting of professional administrators- with watchdogs (because they cant trust principals to convey their message- even with glossy flyers). This appears to be a direct outcome of the scripting that started in elemntary schools, where again seasoned professionals couldnt be trusted to teach the prescribed curriculum. Not all high school professionals where aware of concepts such as "text talk" where elementary cohlleagues- many reading specialists were told when reading a book-- exactly what questions to ask.
"They say they have dialed back on the scripting-- but this final indoctrination says not
Please notice we've lost alot through this totalitarian teaching- and gained little. Schools were not thrilled to send intern teachers to PPS-- a source of innovation in the past. We lost U Prep support as it had to be done the central officee way. And allthough we all know that charter schools do divert funds-looking back- we were to gain results of innovation from them, but this never occured because innovation, ideas, are frowned upon.
Many teachers are concerned that with the scripting of admin- nothing has changed. This is attitude from the top-- to those readers of the blog that arent familiar with what has gone before-- Your teachers no longer meet to solve problems-- they are indoctrinated. "


PPS High School teacher said...

Scripting is really nothing new. It has been going on since Mark Roosevelt was the PPS superintendent. We are given subject binders that tell us exactly what to do, and exactly what to say. For example, on Day 42 of Chemistry, you must do this, and you must say that.

Any deviation from the script is risky for the teacher. Perhaps you have a better way of presenting a topic, based on your years of experience. Go for it. But if an administrator walks in and you're off-script, you are in trouble.

Perhaps you think the class needs another day on the last topic. It's a judgment call, based on your years of experience. Go for it. But if an administrator walks in and you're off-script, you are in trouble.

And here's the real irony. If you stay on-script and your class still does not do well, it's entirely your fault. it's not the fault of the script. It's your fault.

Anonymous said...

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens them.

If going off script gets you in trouble - get in trouble. You and your students will be better for it.

Anonymous said...

Easy to say, but you do no good if you are out on butt - good teachers work for bAlance

Anonymous said...

And what does that 'balance' look like 9:20 when it is practiced by, as you call them , 'good' teachers?

Anonymous said...

It means follow the script as best you can Hank up there so he signs to make it look like you're doing it and then try to teach around the edges. That is what everyone's been trying to do since Roosevelt walked in the door

Anonymous said...

The director of this script is no Steven Spielberg.