I like some things about it. For instance, the kids are more responsive, and respectful. Even the bad ones are respectful. There are no phones in their hands, and talking, while it happens, is minimal.
What bugs me is the breakneck speed that I have to teach at to get the lessons from the curriculum done. It feels like I am spending two minutes on what should take about ten. I mean things like the word and concept of “Verisimilitude.” While most of the kids got it, because they are GT, I feel like it is a more important concept to grasp, and stick on.
Instead, we spent the majority of the lesson talking about setting. It doesn’t make sense to me that we should be spending so much time on the simpler things and very briefly touching the more complex things.
Now, I know that in the younger grades we have to have more instruction, but this amount, and the speed at which it is delivered is obnoxious. I feel like this placement is harder to teach, versus high school, because of the speed at which I am delivering information.
And that brings me to the poor kids that don’t process information quickly. I feel bad for them because I am sure it sounds like I am a bullet train speeding past them as they stand on the platform, waiting for the doors to open.
This is not what I was expecting middle school teaching to be like. The curriculum is good, and it has good information in it, but there is so much of it, I feel like some should be taken out. I think we should spend more time on other things that mean more.
On top of all of this, the poor teachers have scheduled meetings three out of the five days of the week on one of their two planning periods. And then there are usually faculty or department meetings after school on those days too. There is so much rushing going on all the time, I feel like I don’t stop moving.
I am not sure if I am built to be a middle school teacher, and really that is okay. I just wanted it to be better.