Apparently K. just got her first teaching job at the age of 15:
I have more exciting news. I got an e-mail from another IB French teacher. She teaches 10th and 12th grade, and my teacher teaches 9th and 11th . She’s the one who has been watching our stories a lot lately and said that one of her seniors told her he hasn’t learned ANY French over the past 4 years. I know this senior – he’s on the debate team and asked me for help with his French homework after he saw me reading Petit Nicolas et les Copains. I guess that Petit Nicolas et les Copains is a pretty hard book, since he could not read any of it. Anyway, this teacher wants me to do a reading lesson and a story with her class next week , and if it goes well, she promised she would do some of her lessons my way. It’s pretty amazing that she’s going to let me teach her class for 2 days – 90 minutes each class, especially considering that she sent me to the special ed room during the first week of school. I know I should let that go, but it happens every year with some teacher, and I’m pretty tired of it. It also sounds like she found some Pauvre Anne books in the storage area, which is good.
K. – if it’s any consolation the French level fours that I inherited this year couldn’t read PN et les C either. Not even close. I guess it was assumed in the past that, if they did enough grammar study, then they would be able to read. I guess not. It makes me think of Bryce’s post a few posts below this one.
The Problem with CI
Jeffrey Sachs was asked what the difference between people in Norway and in the U.S. was. He responded that people in Norway are happy and