Here are some exerts from a recent comment here by Paul Kirschling of Denver Public Schools, for your edification and enjoyment:
…this job is too difficult to do and still wind up feeling like a fake….
…one might as well get into sales and actually make some money….
…I will not judge but do wonder how long one can last doing something you know is ineffective….
…lots textbook teachers are confronted with feeling like fakes, and that is what animates them….
…I would rather tell them, “You are not preparing your kids for my class. In my class we re-create the real world where making mistakes is completely natural and only remedied by more input, not rules. Your rules make kids feel stupid and inadequate and what’s even worse, they do not work.”…
…parents are usually our allies. Most do not have an agenda that is pro-grammar or pro-ci. They want their students to be enjoying class and learning. Period. Which one does a better job? CI makes enormous sense to them when you explain it to them. They WISH they could have learned the way their kids are learning….
…a good number of our students will not get to the level of language required for grammar rules to make sense…..
…the overwhelming majority of them will have no desire to continue language study if they are bored and annoyed and feeling inadequate with meaningless rules untethered to a language experience….