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    TeacherNerd

    Hello, all,

    I could use your help developing a script. The background: While I’m a full-time high school English teacher and have a background in secondary education, I’ve been teaching college-level writing longer than I’ve been teaching high school English. As an adjunct, I teach the same first-year writing (FYW) classes at one particular college since January 2012; I have been teaching at my current high school since August 2015. The community college at which I’ve bene teaching since 2012 is the same one that liaises with my high school to offer the concurrent enrollment classes I teach. In other words, I teach first-year writing classes that feature the same assignments, readings, etc. simultaneously at both the high school and college level.

    This is the first year in years that the second level of that writing class has been offered at my high school or indeed throughout my school district. I’ve been teaching that higher level of writing at the community college since the beginning of last year, and since I teach as part of a cohort, I have a good handle on things. However, because of the recent changes that the writing class went through at the beginning of last year, I and all the other English teachers throughout the district who teach this class are being required to attend a training to learn how to teach a class I have more experience teaching than not only anyone else in my school, but nearly everyone else in my district. This really irritates me because it’s a waste of my time and their money. (I’d be paid to attend the training, but I’d be learning how to teach a class I’ve been teaching for two years at this point and have been with since its inception.) Yes, I could go, but it really grates. What’s your advice, and do you have any recommendations for a script I could use?

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    TeacherNerd

    As a P.S., the curriculum is identical to that which I already use.

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    Kate

    Can you have your employers at the college just write a letter that says you’ve been teaching that same course for the past 5 years?

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    Kate

    If you’re sure the curriculum would be the same, you could have them state what it is?

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    TeacherNerd

    The training is being held at the college. They already know I’ve been teaching this class for going on my second year now (7 sections of the same class so far). Last year, before a required training was eventually canceled, they were still going to require me to go “because I might have something to add,” but I’ve taught several more sections of the class this time, and I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have been allowed to co-lead the training.

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    Kate

    I think you may have to just go with it, as annoying as that is.

    You could try saying something like, “you know, I wanted to mention that this is my second year actually teaching that college-level class, and it’s my understanding that the curriculum isn’t changing. I want to confirm that you do think it’s a good use of my time to attend the training.”

    If they say yes, maybe they feel like you or others could benefit from you being there. But maybe they’ll be like, nah.

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    Kate

    If they say again that you might have something to add, you could ask if you can help present part of it. If they say no, that’s pretty stupid!

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    Ron

    I really don’t understand why you are so upset about this. You are taking the high and mighty ‘I am the seasoned veteran in teaching this course’ attitude, but you have less than one year of teaching in this school district. Unless you have other H.S. teaching experience, you are still a probationary teacher, who has yet to earn tenure. Wise advice to any school teacher: keep your head down and do what you are told, to the last dotted i and crossed t, until you are awarded tenure.

    Even if they have the aptitude to handle the same course material, high school kids require a different teaching approach than college students. It is entirely possible that your administrators do not desire the same teaching approach at the high school, which you have used at the community college. There is a difference in student maturity.

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    Janelle

    I once had to take a required course that was literally, this is a mouse, this is a browser. I nearly jabbed my eyes out. I did, after the silly basics were done, learned a few new things along the way. I found some short cuts to do things I had been doing a longer way as I was self taught. No I wouldn’t want to do this either but you never know what you may learn. Everything is life is a chance to take some new information away.

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    TeacherNerd

    Ron: Yes, it’s true that high school students require different teaching strategies. I know how to adapt those strategies because I have already taught this class to high school students AND not-high-school students. It’s not high-and-mighty attitude. It’s frustration because the training is geared towards teachers who have never taught the class before. This, however, goes along with education as a whole, and I am generally (and often) okay with redundant training. I’m sorry you can’t understand why I might be frustrated but countering my frustration with your own attitude is unhelpful.

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    TeacherNerd

    @Janelle: Ugh, that does sound frustrating.

    If I have to go, I will, and yes, I may learn something new (and I am actually open to that) – maybe I could ask what the training would include that I don’t already know. (How do people now know what a browser is?) 🙂

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    TeacherNerd

    (Also, apparently I may not have been clear: This is NOT my first year teaching at the secondary level, and NOT my first year teaching at this particular school, and NOT my first year teaching in this district.)

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