So, about two weeks ago I had posted that my P wanted my lesson plans to look differently than they did. Blah, blah, blah. I basically reached out to my colleagues who teach the same content as me in other buildings to ask for suggestions, thinking perhaps a fresh set of eyes would give me perspective. Again, I teach Dual Enrollment and AP, so what I teach does not necessarily correlate with what other English teacher are doing. First, I found out that I am the only DE/AP English teacher in my district (there are 4 high schools, and about ten of us) who is required to turn in daily lessons plans for those courses. Also, I found out my school is the only one who is being required to turn in lesson plans a week in advance. Despite that, I reworked them, and tried to stay positive and look at them differently. I wasn't worth getting myself permanently stressed out over. So today, dept. meeting. New lesson plan format. More complicated. 2 major changes that don't work for me: 1) Required content standards (although we have standards, they are not broken down like 11.1, 11.2, etc. They are "The student will write college level essays on a variety of topics" 2) Required to have scripted questions. In general, I don't use scripted questions, because many of my classes are discussion based--they are lead by the points the students want to bring out about the reading. I do have some key items that I want to discuss, but it's never set in stone. Spoke to my admin about my concerns. Her answer. The standards you have are not specific enough(these are the standards provided by the community college and by College Board) I need to make them more specific. Fine, I can, just more unnecessary work that doesn't help me or the students. In terms of scripted questions--"You must have them. It is a requirement. If we are observing you and you don't use scripted questions, it will effect your evaluation" What if we're doing a class discussion, i.e. Socratic Seminar, where the students have created the questions and I am simply on the side, monitoring and possibly guiding if necessary. "Don't you ever ask questions during a Socratic Seminar?" "Not unless the conversation stops and the students are stuck." "Put those questions." "Ok, but what if I don't ask them." "That will effect your evaluation." I actually left the building for 20 minutes so I wouldn't say something stupid and sat in my car with my music blasting. Again, what do they expect me to do? Write lesson plans for them, then do my thing, except when they come in, so my evaluation is what they want to see? Today was one of those days when I really thought about changing careers. I was very tempted to drive out of the parking lot and say "F*** it", but I stayed, for the kids. My 3rd block had a fantastic Socratic Seminar today, so that helped a lot--and guess what? I didn't have to say a thing. Good thing they weren't there to evaluate, because I would have failed since I didn't have any scripted questions and I wouldn't have been able to use them if I had.