Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Week

Just finished week 2 of the summer class. The students are so sweet, and so young. Most are high school students, and they make me feel that if I didn't have to work full time, teaching advanced placement high school students in a private school would not be too bad at all, or even in an Irvine high school, where so many of the students are comparatively well-prepared. But I know myself. I don't think having to censor what I say will work. I'm better off dealing with adults. And dealing with behavior problems is also not something I want to have to do.

6 comments:

tudor3x8 said...

Perhaps you would like to teach a class for high school students at IVC or something- I think I saw something called Early College accelerated on IVC before?

Anyway, I think most, if not all, high school students in college are extremely motivated and determined.

(I'm one of them, by the way)

tudor3x8 said...

PS. I'm not in your class, however.

Robbi said...

Tudor,
You are most likely right. However, there are other considerations, such as dealing with parents and with the constrictions of teaching to the test, having a huge number of students, being told by administrators what to teach that go with secondary school, I'd rather be a college professor.

Robbi said...

In addition, to work for a high school, and not just teach an occasional class for one, I would have to go back to school and get certified. After 3 graduate degrees, I am not really willing to do that.

marly youmans said...

Private schools are freer from rules. If you think you might be interested, you should talk to Ann Marshall--you know she was at The Hill School in PA till she retired, and she loved it. And she had a PhD in Renaissance lit.

And I agree with tudor about early college programs. (Bard has one at Simon's Rock, so I've read a bit about that one.)

Robbi said...

Didn't Ann become an administrator, rather than a teacher? I want to stay in teaching, but I do not want to work full time. There are a couple of private schools in Irvine, and I have taught already at the Jewish one. It was not a good experience, unfortunately. The students did not want to take the class. They took it out on me, and the school did not stand behind me. And I knew most of these students since they were small children! It didn't make any difference. So judging by this experience, I have steered clear of secondary school teaching.