Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

A Mourning English Teacher’s Account of a Dead Education System

The words haunt my teaching.

Donnie Darko, 2001

Year 1

I write my mentor teacher’s learning objective on the board for the 500th time. I make sure to use the “common language”.

I carefully calculate first period’s mastery, second period’s, third. We’ll shout out the highest performing. Rewards and recognition. Data culture. Purpose. Performance. Mastery. The words haunt my teaching.

I’m learning to analyze testing data, figuring out what standards they performed the lowest on, and preparing to reteach. Reprocess. Reassess. Recalculate. Re-track. Higher data. Isolated interventions. Isolation.

Year 2

I list targeted standards. I deconstruct learning standards. I’ve completed standards-unpacking worksheets given to me. I’ve created templates for this, too. Isn’t that my job?

I’ve pulled small groups and ran interventions. I’ve analyzed misconceptions and addressed them.

I’ve used the blasted data to inform a blasted reteach.

Year 3

I’ve taught scripted lessons. I’ve done what I’m told. I’ve filled in the prescribed lesson plans. I’ve been accountable.

I’ve taught test taking strategies. They suffocate.

There’s no time for novels anymore.

You can’t standardize novels.

Year 4

I write my learning objective on the board for the 500th time. I make sure to use the “common language”.

Collaboration isn’t the culprit, it’s the enforcement behind it.

Accountability shouldn’t look like this. Accountability doesn’t look like this.

Year 5

I’m reading a novel in the spring with the kiddos. It doesn’t have a common assessment.

Accountability shouldn’t look like this. Accountability doesn’t look like this.

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