- Problematic assessments.
- Unsupportive work environments.
- Lack of parental participation.
- Too little time.
- Too many “mandates”.
Nope, wasn’t any of these. The highest scoring element was “lack of engaging/user-friendly curricular materials.”
I wasn’t shocked. Are you?
Personally, my entire writing career was born out of a quest to try and solve this problem, first and foremost for myself (i.e. if I couldn’t find YA books that my kids would dig, I was going to write them.)
What amazes me is that 1) it gave birth to a full-fledged publishing career (I have a new bookcoming out – yet again – on September 15 and 2) that this problem of a lack of engaging curricular materials is still being cited as numero uno across the spectrum of today’s modern teaching force. Of course “you” might now have this problem but as a nation on the whole “we” certainly have this problem.
And when you think about some of the resources being distributed down the halls in science, math, history and yes, even ELA, you have to scratch your head and wonder, “Why are we still living in the 1950’s with some of this stuff?”
Of all the gripes of women and men,
What gripe is worse than,
“What might this classroom have been?”