Mandowife Posted January 20, 2012 Share Posted January 20, 2012 Hi everyone, I don't post here much, but could really use your opinions here. I hope this doesn't get too long and I hope that it is clear enough to read, as this is very difficult for me, but I don't want to ramble. You see, I got fired Wednesday (not going to renew my contract, same thing, IMHO) from the classical school that I teach at. The reason, some parents have complained to the board that you are not "classical enough". When I asked what that meant, the principal said, she couldn't define classical or tell me how to be classical, but they just knew I wasn't it. So I'm trying to figure out, if that is indeed the case, or if it was just an excuse and the real reason is personal. Background: I teach World History, American HIstory, American Gov't and Economics. I use the Notgrass curriculum...their suggestion. We only do the history part in my class. I work with the Lit teacher every week to assign writing assignments, projects, etc. Last year was my first year teaching there. I came in at the last minute because the teacher they had hired moved suddenly to SD. The teacher before that quit. I have read the WTM book, seen SWB speak, read these and the high school forums every day (ok, not all of these pertain to how to educate and what it looks like, but it is fun) I assign a unit to read each week, along with the primary sources to read. They have a writing assignment, usually an opinion piece, or to defend on view over another, etc. They also have to do a current event each week. Sometimes they have comprehension questions. I make them take notes on their reading. Most of my students haven't been classically educated their whole school career, so I try to bring them along with extra help. MOst of the 90 minutes spent in class (one day a week) is spent reviewing the material and me asking them questions about the reading. The questions are a mix of facts (Who shot the first shot in the American Revolution) but they are always followed up by thought questions, such as, What might have happened if that snowball had never been thrown at the Brittish soldier. We also answer questions like "Was the American Revolution a biblical war according to Rom. 13?" I know I'm not perfect, but NEVER did anyone come to me to say what I might be doing wrong, or how to correct what I was doing, etc. Just praise before this. NO parent or board member has ever sat in my classroom. I was told at this meeting that the students love me. That I am great at what I do, but I'm just not classical. (when asked to define that again, she couldn't)..She even said that she was sure that I could do classical if they could tell me what that looked like, but they didn't have time. Sorry this is so long......I"m just really trying to wrap my brain around what happened. I go to church with most of these people and had no clue that this was coming. So please, if you can, define what classical is, how that looks in a classroom that meets once a week for 90 min. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much Donna This is a Veritas school if that helps. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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