This may not be a new thought, but it needs to be said. Institute is a pile of garbage. It serves one primary purpose, and there’s no close second–getting you used to be completely and utterly miserable.
It certainly wasn’t for the students. I was supposed to cram a year of algebra into about fifteen hours to students who did not know their multiplication facts. And each week I had to answer whether I was putting them on a different academic and life trajectory. Ha! If my CMA weren’t so serious about it, I would have laughed in her face.
And it certainly wasn’t for my professional benefit. All those hours slaving away writing five step lesson plans and guided notes? Why in the blazes didn’t anyone just tell me to use betterlesson.com!? I wasted SO MUCH TIME at Institute and through October when there were better materials already made and waiting to be used. And the diversity sessions? They were a nice break from all the other nonsense, but somewhere in there they could have taught be me how to:
1. Make a test
2. Grade effectively
3. Teach my kids problem-solving
4. Teach my kids to think critically
5. Any of the million things I had to figure out on my own over the first four months of the school year.
At my last PD session, an MTLD claimed that they’re completely revamping Institute, but it was very hush-hush.
They certainly can’t make it any worse…can they?