Hi there...I just found this community. I am a GED teacher at a maximum security facility.
I'm glad to see there is a community for educators in corrections.
Feel free to friend me and I will friend you back.
Standards, Benchmarks, and other Hoops of Burden
Apparently some correctional education programs, particularly those for juveniles, are expected to be run like more traditional schools (e.g. teacher-directed lesson plans, following benchmark-based curriculum for grade levels, etc.). The problem with this approach, among other obvious problems, is that most of these students have failed in the traditional setting. They've flunked out, been kicked out, dropped out, etc. They're disillusioned and often quite determined not to learn anything from self-serving teachers like the ones who didn't help them when they wanted help in the past. These kids are also usually in classrooms with students at many other levels and ages. In essence, it's part jail and part one-room schoolhouse on the prairie.
On paper, I'm a wretchedly awful teacher. My filing is sometimes behind. My paperwork is sometimes a few days late. Sometimes students sleep through group lessons. My written lesson plans don't always match what I'm talking about and sometimes I forget to change the date on the board until after lunch. My desks aren't always in neat rows. I'm fairly honest with my students, including admitting that quite a lot of the stuff they're supposed to memorize in schools will only come in handy if they suddenly find themselves teaching as a career years from now, but that the act of playing the game and of knowing the information exists and where to find it is of far more importance. In other words, it's not cheating if you look up interest formulas in a book at 35 even if it is when you're taking a quiz on it in 8th grade.
On the other hand, I've gotten kids to do things, academic things, that they thought they couldn't do: finish algebra, figure out congruent triangles, read poems and novels, find and label countries in Africa, explain "monopolies," convert decimals to fractions, combine like terms, understand Shakespeare, understand homonyms, subtract two-digit numbers, remember what adjectives are, budget, write essays...
If I die tomorrow, someone else can figure out the filing. Current Mood: contemplative
Hey everyone, I just joined this group! Last week, I interviewed for a position for an incarcerated youth program through a BOCES center on Long Island. I never even knew programs like this existed, and I think it is so interesting! I'm not sure as to whether or not I am going to be given the job (I wont hear for another week or so) but I was just wondering, what are some of the ups and downs of teaching in a correctional facility?
alot of my friend's jaws dropped when I told them what kind of position it was, but I honestly think it sounds like a great opportunity and i'd be really interested to see what people think who actually teach in a program similar to the one I interviewed for!