I'm with a fellow blogger when she says, "When are they making that teacher reality show again?" I'll sign up with you if they ever have one. I have a few ideas to throw out there if they need any assistance in a pilot episode. I think it should be like WifeSwap only instead of husbands and wives swapping out it should be teachers and business professionals.
So, on day 1, the teacher gets placed in the nice little business
office. She has to do all the things business people do. File, answer
emails, create forms, fill in forms, look stuff up online, make phone
calls, answer phone calls, keep records. Should be a snap. We do all
that stuff every day. And, it should feel like a vacation, because the
teacher would get a business lunch instead of 20 minutes of hurrying up to get the kids lined up, walk as fast as you can to the cafeteria, wait in line, sit down and eat, line back up, and hurry up and leave for the next class to sit at your table.
The business person would start day 1 on Monday morning, around 7:00 am,
entering a classroom. The business person would have to follow the
first day's lesson plans (we wouldn't be too mean! They'd at least have
one day of plans). However, they'd have to make copies, set out
materials, gather materials, and be ready for the kids to arrive all
before 8:00. The fun would start when the kids show up. Will the
business person be able to keep them seated, listening, meeting
standards, completing work?
Day 2, would be much the same for the teacher, as she continues to
answer emails, go shoe shopping during lunch, and work on whatever work a
business person does. For the business person, they would be required
to plan 6 hours worth of lesson plans, meanwhile, meeting the state
standards and creating material that's just right for the ELL students,
the learning disabled students, the low group, the high group, the
middle group, and the gifted students. They would have to have a behavior
plan in place for the children with behavior problems.
As the week goes on, the stakes get higher... formal observations, paperwork to fill out on a student being referred for special education evaluation, integrating technology to make lessons fun, and an IEP meeting.
The show would conclude with the teacher and the business person meeting
one another. The business person "wins" when they realize that the
teacher deserves double her salary!!