17 February 2006

You Can't Please Everybody...and Shouldn't

The header for today's post was supplied by a teacher at a meeting I attended yesterday. She is disappointed that the publisher who wined and dined her last year (and paid her $200 to attend a session on their products) isn't the one chosen for our upcoming materials' adoption. I left further explanation of the choice we made in the hands of the teachers who had examined all of the available materials. Hopefully, they made some inroads. It didn't look like the "graft" teacher could believe that there was anything better out there than what she'd seen last spring.

Meanwhile, there was a continuing discussion about offering an "advanced" option for our grades 7 and 8 kids. I was supposed to have an answer for this back in early January...and we're still not any closer. There seems to be consensus that we should offer it and that the curriculum should be different from "regular," but there is no agreement about what that would look like. I'm not sure what the next step will be here. It will certainly be another case where not everyone is happy with the outcome.


Anonymous said...

Random thoughts from an infant, not yet born teacher (I have theme building here) I would venture the curriculum should be deeper.

This week I am putting together a lesson plan on fingerprints. I asked all three of my children 'do twins have identical fingerprints?' They all answered, no.
Well... they didn't know.
Just got me to thinking.
So when you asked the question about curriculum that incident popped up in my mind.
Superficial information is all fine and dandy but it is the digging behind the facts that fascinates me. I hope that I will be able to spark that in some of my future students.

(Identical twins have very similar fingerprints, they start out being laid down during their development but are altered by what the fetus touches while this is going on. Having carried twins to term (age 20 now) I can tell you they spend a lot of time playing tag team and let's see if we can jolt mom off the sofa before they are born.)

The Science Goddess said...

Remember, too, that there are random mutations that help account for the difference in fingerprints. It might be only one "mistake" per 100,000 cells, but it's enough.

But anyway, I agree---the curriculum for an "advanced" class should be deeper. We'll see if I can herd these cats to some agreement about what that looks like. Ay-yi-yi.