Professional Obligation

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4 thoughts on “Professional Obligation”

  1. Michael Coxon

    Ben wrote,

    “The parents of my students are wealthy and in the British/Indian mode of push harder and learn more grammar, and it is hard to keep my shoulders from tightening up listening to (a very few of) them tell me what is best for their child in my classroom.”

    Ben, you are not ALONE in this….

    I have had 2 of these types of families this year in my new school. They have, in a way, been difficult for me because they want their kids to learn the way did. I was recently told by the headmaster that these parents felt I was unapproachable because I would only hear “TPRS.”

    Haha…they hired me because I am TPRS teacher….what did they expect?

    I did not bend in my mission to provide fantastic CI experiences for my students. I was told by a colleague to use Duolingo, assign more homework, and incorporate worksheets and note-taking lessons…. I did NOT do any of those things. I stuck to what I believe and it has paid off.

    Students were giving me feedback yesterday about the school year. They know words like “comprehensible input” and understand that the class has progressively gotten more advanced each week, month, trimester. They understand that aural input leads to them becoming better readers, then writers, and eventual speakers in Spanish.

    These students are happy and appreciative of the learning that took place (and that continues). There is 1 family that probably hates me because their noses are so high in the air that they can’t see what is going on around them but I do not care. I did what I believe in and I am happy that I did.

    Ben…you aren’t alone…stay strong and shake off the parents that want 2016 teaching and learning to look like classrooms of 19th and 20th centuries. 🙂

  2. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    I invited such a Winnetka parent into my classroom to observe. The parent was so inflexible about having more advance lessons in math and Spanish (and other areas) that they pulled out of our schools and went private.
    Have you done demo lessons at ‘go to school night’ for these parents to (briefly, at least) ‘feel it?’
    I think it makes a big diff… IF THEY ARE OPEN TO CONSIDERING IT.
    I am also thinking about (at some point in the future) posting clips of the class so that parents can see just how much natural language their kids are joyfully splashing and playing in!

  3. Robert is very clear-sighted when he points out that just because some teachers can not devote as much as he can to professional growth, there should be an assumption in our schools that we will grow in some capacity, to some extent.

    An open-mindedness to professional growth should be an understood professional obligation.

    I wish all educators saw things the way Robert does.

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