Last week I spent four days (32 hours) in an old somewhat stuffy college classroom listening to another teacher tell me how to teach AP. Sure, he has significantly more experience than me. But the fact that he has 5 students in his AP US History class next year and lives in a wealthy rural community where all his students have internet access at home immediately turned me off to the training altogether (this doesn’t even come close to describing my school environment). Not to mention, the small attached desk and chair were extremely uncomfortable and the forced conversations an unwelcome change from the summer solitude. The only plus–food trucks! The university gave us $18 a day to spend at these and I ate more than I should have, even with the long walks to the university classroom every day.
I wrote a full page of notes and intended to transcribe the most important here, but I realized I only gained two things from the training:
- Someone from another school was kind enough to share all her files with me which will be extremely useful
- I redesigned my class website and created a teacher resources tab.
While the training was mostly a waste of time–we spent three and a half hours reading and answering questions about the Zenger trial, only for the instructor to say he wouldn’t use this document with his class–it did get me in the mindset of preparing for school again. And for that I am grateful.