Sunday, May 10, 2009

Please shoot me now

So, I have to write a week of lesson plans using this incredibly complicated model for my graduate school class. Here's the thing: I've spent literally ALL DAY on five lessons, and I'm not even close to finished. Nor have I made any of the fancy supplementary materials my lessons call for. If this is what my future holds, I will shoot myself. In the head.

I think that maybe it won't be this bad in real life. I won't have an incredibly detail-oriented professor grading my plans, for one thing. For another, I'll write them so that I can understand them, not so that my detail-oriented professor can understand them.

It's possible I'll have a principal who wants to see all my plans. Who knows.

The way I write lesson plans in real life, so far: I make a few notes. Then I teach. The end. But then, I have very few students in a pull-out situation. A giant, sheltered-instruction science class would be different.

Perhaps I should avoid teaching a giant, sheltered-instruction science class.

I'm trying very hard not to feel sorry for myself, but I'm failing. It's mostly panic: Is this my future? Hours upon hours of writing lesson plans?