Tuesday, October 04, 2005

uh oh...

wait, I just realized that I just pronounced yesterday that I wouldn't pontificate too much. Do you think that last one on testing counts?! Comments welcome...


At October 04, 2005 4:21 PM, Blogger GrumpyGringo said...

Go ahead and pontificate! I had my ed. students (ooops! I mean 'candidates') look at your blog in class the other day, particularly the posts about the silliness of constructivism. We can only hope you get a doctorate and help cleanse the halls of academe of the rampant silliness that presides there.

At October 05, 2005 2:29 PM, Blogger Instructivist said...

I second gringo.

I declare that someone who has sound premises and is a clear thinker and a phenomenal writer to boot may pontificate.

My gruesome experience with ed school has propelled me to expose educational lunacy through my own weblog.

At October 05, 2005 7:59 PM, Anonymous bmiller said...

I'm honestly curious why you accepted the student teaching assignment at this school? Whether one agrees or disagrees with your observations, it doesn't seem to be a good match for you. The number of schools that have the waiver from the State to continue with portfolio assessment is rather small (around 30) and there are far more high schools that utilize methods that would be more to your liking.

I have a good idea which school you are teaching in and it's widely known what type curriculum and instruction are used there (or in many of the other schools that utilize portfolio assessment) so this must not have come as a surprise to you.

While your posts may give you plenty of juicy tidbits to blog about and provide fodder for those who are looking for reasons to criticize "constructivism", portfolio assessment, and other topics, your writing makes clear that you've made up your mind about this school and aren't going to get what you need out your student teaching experience.

At October 05, 2005 8:11 PM, Blogger newoldschoolteacher said...

To bmiller,

We don't get to choose our student teaching positions, and we are not allowed to change it. Well, it's possible, but you have to basically throw hell around to do it. And from what I hear from my fellow student teachers, a lot of placements tend to be at these type of schools anyway. I wish I could, and I'm going to try for next semester.

At October 18, 2005 10:18 PM, Blogger Flint said...

doesn't that depend upon the meaning of the word "pontificate"?

entry #2 at www.wiktionary.com is:

to preside, as at a religious ceremony.

so - in my book you're not pontificating!


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