Okay, so while I'm doing my planning for this year, I'm also working to make some changes in the amount of time I dedicate to work outside of my eight hour work day. One of the questions I face every fall is whether or not to continue teaching Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead or go back to teaching Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.
Pros: I love this book from beginning to end. I love the characters and I could read it again and again. I also think that the book, irregardless of Rand's philosophy, has a lot to teach about conformity and how to measure success, which comes at a very important time for my students--the trimester before graduation.
Cons: It really is too much to fit into the trimester. I know that I overwhelm the kids with the reading, and only a few diehards actually read it all the way through.
Pros: The other teacher who teaches CP Lit teaches GE, which is good for consistency. I've taught it before, and teaching GE would mean spending less time out of class grading, planning discussions, etc.
Cons: I don't like the book. I've read it twice, and I'm just not a fan.
So, do I teach a book I don't like in order to save time? Or, do I teach the book I love that most kids don't read? I don't think many of them read GE either.
I don't know. So, help me out! Vote in the poll!