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The AntiChrist Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @3:02 pm  

Same as other teachers: long hours, low pay, no appreciation.

apbanpos Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @3:23 pm  

Disparity in levels – you can have a student barely decoding and a student at a college level in the same class.

Grading – how do you grade 100+ papers in a timely manner. And grade for Content AND Grammar – or even better – the 6 traits model.

Perception – kids don’t think English is fun. Most students either don’t like to read, or don’t like to write. At least with SS or Sci you can sit and listen and get something out of it. You can have a SS or Sci “lecture” class – but English?? nope. It’s all in the doing.

Assessment – how do you reconcile giving the kid a B when you know he should be getting an A+ if he put in minimal effort and has shown no growth over the year – but because he came in ahead of the game, is getting by. Yet, right is right, and you have to be objective and look at what he is achieving not what he could. Then you have to give a D to a kid that has worked his butt off and shown great amount of growth – yet still hasn’t caught up to where he needs to be for C or better work.

Cheating. With plot summaries abound on the internet – how do you make sure kids are doing the work assigned. How can you best determine if they are doing the assigned readings.

That’s just a few of the problems I encountered.

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