Professional Development day today. Another day of it tomorrow. On Wednesday we have the day to get our classrooms ready, and Thursday the kids show up.
If nothing else, I'll be busy Wednesday!
Today, though, we were supposed to start creating "curriculum maps" for our courses. What is a curriculum map, you ask? What does it include? Well, looking at such documents from different schools around the state I'd have to say a curriculum map is whatever you want it to be, and includes whatever you want to include on it. It's another waste of time, except perhaps to give to a rookie so they know how long to spend on certain topics--which means it's kinda sorta like a souped-up pacing guide, which was the document to have just a couple years ago.
We're getting new books this year for the courses I teach. I know, I know, "the book isn't the curriculum", but it's got to be more than just a problem set, too. In theory we pay for books in which the topics to be learned are already organized into a logical sequence and...in other words, the book kind of is a major part of the curriculum. How do we do curriculum guides when we don't have the books we're supposed to pilot this year? Just do them for the current book, of course, and then cut/paste when we get the new books!
BTW, we don't "pilot" textbooks in my district anymore. That would require too much organization. No, we'll get some books for a couple months late in the school year and we'll do a "mini-pilot" or something. We don't use them for a year, do a thorough evaluation of them, and compare them to the other books under consideration. No, we half-ass it.
Getting fired up already. I'm ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack!