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Discussion in 'General Education' started by Ms.Holyoke, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    They said that they have curricular resources, but the teachers have the autonomy to do what they need to for their students.
     
  2. Ms.Holyoke

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    I just got emailed a scope and sequence so I have started to look through it!
     
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    Have you done an online search for sixth grade lesson plans yet? You'll see a ton of them for free in every subject. Like others have advised: become familiar with the standards, seek help from your future colleagues and organize your lessons in a binder or laptop for easy access. Don't forget to canvas multimedia resources as well and you'll be more than prepared! You can practice different approaches for igniting your lessons before the curtain opens

    Here's a simple, but effective "hook" to help get things started - best to download to your computer first. Use the countdown at the beginning of a lesson to get everyone's attention starting from Day 1.
    Remember, no more interviews - it's time to go out and celebrate! :toofunny:
     
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    I am going in to sign paperwork on Monday!!!
     
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    Fantastic! Make a good first impression by going in and introducing yourself to the superintendent - best done while your level of excitement is at its peak!
     
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    This may depend on the size of your district. In my district, which has like 40,000 employees, such behavior would be weird.
     
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    I will be meeting the superintendent on Monday as well!
     
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    It never hurts to stand out in a positive way. Regardless of the district's size, a personal/political connection with the big boss can be an invaluable asset in the future. I'm sure you'll winning smile and firm handshake will be remembered well past Monday! Go champ!
     
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    Another question--after signing my contract, should I reach out to my principal or wait for my principal to reach out to me? I have questions about what I will be teaching next year, etc.
     
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    Agreed. And I would also recommend that you limit your questions to only the most pressing. Don’t overwhelm your new principal or appear too needy. Express your interest and excitement but be patient and realize that they will get you what you need in time. Right now, getting new teachers who are starting in August ready for the next year is low on their priority list.
     
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    I would ask for contact information for your new teammates. IME they will be able to provide better info than a P can, although of course you don't want to bombard them either.
     
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    Good point. You will probably also be assigned a mentor teacher who will get in touch with you over the summer or shortly before school begins. Just be patient.
     
  14. Ms.Holyoke

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    I was thinking of emailing him tomorrow and just letting him know that I have signed my contract and I am looking forward to next year.

    Ideally, I would love to know what levels of 6th grade I will be teaching and what I am expected to cover at each level. I don't think that is figured out yet--but I do think it will be by the end of the year. The STEM director said he would figure it out in the next few weeks. This school has inclusion, college, honors, and pre-AP classes. I told the director that I would be happy to teach the lower level courses since that has been most of my experience and I am getting sped certified. He seemed happy to hear that. So it would be helpful to know which classes I will be teaching before the school year so I can start planning!
     

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