Monday, June 30, 2008
Today was the last day of summer school. We, (the six teachers) were asked to create mini science lessons that would be educational plus fun.I spent a considerable amount of effort creating activities meant to introduce and explain static electricity. I'm sure the other teachers worked hard too on their activities.It was a swealtering 100 degrees in the building and warmer still on the stage where my class was held. Perhaps the heat was part of the problem, but most of the students didn't want to listen to or follow directions. Our 3 1/2 hours of hands-on discovery ended up being a long-drawn-out experience in futile crowd control.It is a mystery to me why our educational system fritters away massive amounts of tax payer money to support programs which may theorectically benefit ELL students---but in reality contain no form of accountability with which to assure that precious funds have not been squandered.