I learnt how many pages they cover in a class; I was unable to ascertain if they plan this number beforehand. It might be that they know the number of pages from their predecessor who taught that same course in the previous year, or it might be that they just start on page 1 and bumble through as much as they can, basing the pace of the upcoming lessons on the former.
They never talk to one another about their classes. One student helpfully proffered the wisdom ‘failing to plan is planning to fail.’ There appears to be a lack of connection though between these rousing phrases and real life. It strikes me that they might believe it is enough to read proverbs and sayings as though it will become reality by osmosis of some kind.
We need to overhaul the teaching and learning culture which is broadly based on the British system of over 100 years ago; set up to control, and discipline masses of people. We no longer live in a world where educating masses to read and write is sufficient. We need teachers to talk to one another. We need to lead people to work as a team and think independently after having sought advice for unseen problems. We need to encourage people to solve problems by adapting previous methodologies that they have used in other situations.
NEH Coordinator and Teacher Trainer