It is what? A plan, for the whole year? Is it a lesson plan? No, it is called a Pacing Guide, a P.G., for short. Another teacher called it, "teaching by number," as in paint-by-number paintings. Those paintings looked beautiful far away but up close, they were obviously fake. What gives? I decided to investigate.
I didn't need to look far. On my desk was something titled, "12th Grade Pacing Guide." It looked suspicious and smelled like a greek salad. It was definitely not from Subway. Since it was a day famous for haunting and haunts, I decided that it was John Fante haunting me with his humor. I need that because with a horrendous head cold coming on and students reading Canterbury Tales and The Crucible (apologies to my 9th Grade Pacing Guide), to be honest, the D.V.D.'s I ordered from the library were not arriving quickly enough.
I checked my work email named after a flower, named after me. There were some antiquated ideas contained in some of the missives, possibly a result of the present holiday. They were haunted with the idea that teachers begin with a standard and they scramble around to find material to match and then "teach."
It wasn't Valentine's Day, so why was I so disappointed? It was all part of the beat, part of the groove I was trained to observe.