6 preps! Advice badly needed

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    Who has had to do 6 preps? How does someone handle this?? Most of the content I know. Some I will need to refresh my memory but to prepare for 6 different classes feels daunting. Last year, I landed a job 8 days before the start of school. At least I have over 50 days to prepare this time!
     
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    How different are they from each other? Are they different grade levels or honors/regular versions of the same class?

    I think routines are essential if you have a lot of preps so you are just plugging in different content to the same basic lesson plan. Try to focus on 1-2 different classes a week that you do extra for.
    Rotate your tests or big projects among your preps so that you aren't overwhelmed with tons of grading all at once. Figure out how you want to grade homework. One of my high school math teachers would go over any questions we had from the homework and then would assign two of the problems for us to answer and turn in for a grade. I actually hated it as a student bc it felt like she'd inevitably choose the problems I'd have wrong. But as a teacher I can understand how it kept us accountable without giving her tons to grade.
     
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    I teach elementary, but once you add in all the small groups, I plan 10 lessons a day, on average. Spread out your planning over the week--pick one or two preps to plan on Monday, same for Tuesday, etc. I tend to plan the easiest preps first, like spelling and science earlier in the week, and leave the preps where much might need to be adjusted, such as writing for later in the week.

    I would also suggest you see which preps you have taught before and reuse what you can do you can focus on the areas that are new.
     
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    The most I've taught at a time was five, including one AP. It was hard. Very hard. The keys are to get and stay organized and to stay on top of your grading. Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it as much as possible.
     
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    What classes are you teaching? Are they vastly different or do they have some similarities?
     
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    6 math classes. One for each grade from 7th - 12th. The only class I haven't taught is Algebra II w/trig so I'll have to brush up on the topics. The rest are 7th and 8th which I taught my very 1st year teaching. Alg I and IA will be similar. Formal geometry (with proofs) I taught last year and regular geometry will be easier than formal. So it's really not the content. It's just how to plan for so many classes!
     
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    I taught 4 levels of math and a religion class for years. It was stressful...to say the least. I couldn't do the amount of hands-on or investigation lessons that I am able to do now with only 2 preps. There is just no way to prepare between classes. Keep it simple for each class. Do your students have access to technology, ie laptops or ipads? Desmos is a fantastic tool. I am using summer to figure out where I can integrate it more into my curriculum. Good luck!
     
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    I've taught 5 or 6 preps all 8 years. Organization is the biggest thing. I have a binder for each class (now, I did not when I started). Daily schedule for each class: what I'm going to cover and especially reminders for due dates, forms that need to be turned in, etc.

    I know some teachers make copies each morning. I make all my copies once a week.

    I love teaching a lot of different preps. One big advantage is that you can assign big projects (for me essays) at different dates. So, instead of being hit with 120 essays. I get 30.
     
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    I'm doing Language Arts, 2 sections of Math, 1 section of SS, 2 different intervention groups, and an advisory. I definitely am struggling and have 0 advice. Following your thread for next year tips!
     
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    For me at least it's not necessarily the lesson planning that takes so much time. It's the grading! At the secondary level, most teachers have at least a hundred students, sometimes two hundred or more, and those kids are producing a lot of work that often requires a close eye when it comes to grading. Even a fast grader can easily spend 10-15 minutes grading a single essay.
     
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    50 mile commute each way with 6 preps? :eek:
     
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    Yep! It is something I am familiar with. Last year longer commute but 5 preps. So I know what it's gonna feel like. I just have more days to get ahead of the game. Even answering textbook questions early will help!
     
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    Oh, I know. I began my career as a middle school English teacher--150 essays due at once was tough!
     
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    Did you know this job required you do prep for six different classes when you accepted it? I'm so confused as to why you would accept it along with such a long commute when the commute was why you weren't interested in staying at your previous job for the long haul.
     
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    Yes, I knew it was 6 preps. Upon reflection, it wasn't the commute that bothered me. It was really my failure at being a good teacher with my classes. Lack of classroom management was the root cause of my non-renewal. I know the P didn't say that but that's my gut feeling. And he said no parent complaints? I don't believe that either. In essence, last year was bad. This year, I'll try harder to establish rules, procedures, expectations, etc.... This upcoming year is probably my do-or-die year. Back-to-back-to-back non-renewals is probably a death sentence anywhere.
     
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    You're setting yourself up to be non renewed again.
     
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    Why and how?
     
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    How big is the school? Are you the only math teacher, or are you being given the overflow class at each grade level?
     
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    Very small school. I'll be 1 of 2 math teachers. The other math teacher's been there forever.
     
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    Does the other teacher also teach 6 preps? What I'm getting at is do the two of you share any preps?
     

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