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Scripted lessons -in your school yet?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by emerald52, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Just read about another way to de-professionalise teaching. Scripted lessons, like a call centre employee. Anyone doing it? Would you do I?
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    If I got to write the script!!! ;)

    What happens if you go off piste?

    I'm glad to say (with regard to teaching):

    Regrets, I've had a few
    But then again, too few to mention
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption

    I planned each charted course
    Each careful step along the byway
    And more, much more than this
    I did it my way

    Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
    When I bit off more than I could chew
    But through it all, when there was doubt
    I ate it up and spit it out
    I faced it all and I stood tall
    And did it my way
  3. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    Here's a weird thing I've noticed about kids. They ask questions you don't expect. What to do in that situation???
  4. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Exactly! What a load of nonsense!
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  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Then the 'performance manager' observing you criticises you for not anticipating the question in your lesson plan!
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    A school I taught in for a while had those - because they had had so much supply it made things easier.
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  7. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    So an acting job where you have to learn your lines every evening and pretend to be a teacher...?
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  8. peter12171

    peter12171 Lead commenter

    My last full time post, where I was advised to resign in order to complete my NQT year elsewher, had something similar. There were lessons on the system to use, but I decided to do one of my own, which fitted into the scheme of work. At my mentor meeting afterwards the first question was 'why didn't you use the lesson on the system?'. Not exactly conducive to developing a teaching style.
  9. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    Just like an episode educating Manchester, maybe I'm being unkind. Schools are not businesses and as already said they are filled with human beings who are indidividuals and they do ask questions. A school that goes down this route , does not care about its clients (pupils) and is probably a bad school.
  10. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Not really acting but you have everything set out so you do not do your own lesson plans. Call centre workers have to refer to someone higher if they can't answer the question so maybe HODs would have to be non teaching? No need tk be a mathematician to teach maths.
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  11. num3bers

    num3bers Occasional commenter

    A good many years ago now ( early naugties) I worked for a HoD who wanted a whole file of lessons prepared on script type basis. She told me it was my job to write and file every lesson plan in detail together with resources and worksheets etc. ..... she then said in passing one day that when she had all my lessons plans she would get rid of me and get someone cheaper. because once she had the plans any "fool" ( her word) could take the classes.

    I now make a point of removing all my resources from the school system and paper files before I leave a job - or even these days, I keep them on a pen drive or external hard drive. I have not been paid to make these resources, I do them at home and in my own time
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  12. num3bers

    num3bers Occasional commenter

    Well, how about " I mam sorry that question is not on my script" or " I am not programmed to respind in that area" ( after all it makes us little more than computers on legs doesnt it?).
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  13. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    Anyone who thinks that scripts are the way forward, on any but the most basic level, are fooling themselves.
    Having good medium to long term plans help, as they can help navigate the timing of everything that needs to be done.
    It is actually an affront to the profession of teaching, in my opinion.

    HA HA Ha Ha ha ha ha ah ah aah aaaaah.
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  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    That's the crux of it though.

    Nobody with a maths degree is daft enough to teach maths!!! Why would you.

    So give those teachers of Humanities and Arts a script for maths! They don't need to be 'got rid of' and you don't need to pay a golden hello to get maths graduates! SORTED.
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  15. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Very droll! Sadly too few teachers these days are allowed to do it their way. More a Pythonesque case of 'We Are All Individuals' now....
    I had no idea you knew my former deputy head. You're very lucky. She rarely posed for such pictures as the one in your avatar, and you've really brought out the best in her hair and profile...!
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  16. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    It's a case of the SLT way or the highway. What a colossal clatter of bells.
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  17. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Up till 2010, what I did in that situation was adapt the lesson on the hoof and have some of the most enjoyable and educational discussions with the students. It's learning, innit?
  18. saluki

    saluki Senior commenter

    I once taught supply where I was issued with a powerpoint to read from for 6 weeks, with exercises built in. Money for old rope really. If a kid asked a question I did know the answer.
    I was supposed to team teach with someone this term. When I told them they had got to plan their own resources they asked if they could team teach with someone else. I have learned how to say no and to stop people leaching off me. (certainly took me long enough)
  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I never even kept my own resources from year to year.

    I always reinvented them as I got bored otherwise and I liked to keep things fresh. I'd go crazy with a script. I just couldn't do it.

  20. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    Lessons were more or less scripted when I worked in Africa. The argument being that as teachers were basically school leavers all they needed to be able to do was read the 'script' .
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