Survey: What's your course load?

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  1. Teacher234

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    I would like to know the elective. I understand that this is not the big picture, however, I am rather curious.
     
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    Public Middle
    Average class size 39
    One prep
     
  3. futuremathsprof

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    39?! That’s gross.
     
  4. MsAbeja

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    It's called Study Skills for Sixth graders, but it ended up being a lot of kids with behavior problems and some undiagnosed SPED.

    I wasn't given any curriculum or materials to use, but I found some decent mini lesson packets in Executive Functioning skills through TPT. still, that took a while for me to figure out on my own, and with 3 other subjects to prep for it felt like a lot.
     
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    I agree completely with this. I too prefer 3 or 4.
     
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  6. Teacher234

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    Thank you for replying. So, it is basically a self-contained elective? Sixth graders (in the 12:1:1 bridge program) are given instruction in study skills (at my school).
     
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    Ha! Six preps. Average of 18 per class.
     
  8. futuremathsprof

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    Sweet Jesus, 6 preps?!

    Are you a zombie?
     
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    I teach in a private school, a self contained middle school SPED class...
    So, if I count all the subjects I teach, I would have 15 preps and 17 students.
     
  10. futuremathsprof

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    How is this possible?
     
  11. ms.irene

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    Been there, done that. Not a zombie, just a teacher at a small, impoverished school.
     
  12. ms.irene

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    Math is the one thing I've never taught, but I'm guessing it works like this:
    Middle school = 3 grade levels
    Self-contained = 5 (or 6) content areas
    3 * 5 = 15
     
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    You're correct. That is how we do it. We meet in small group or individual to give basic instruction. Most of the students can then work independently and ask questions as they need help. It's a challenge, but after so many years of doing this type of program, everything comes naturally.
     
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    Actually, it's not officially SPED and I'm not SPED certified. It's a new elective this year, I think it was meant to be part of an exploratory wheel but didn't end up that way. 15 students were placed in at the beginning of the year based on recommendation of their 5th grade teacher, but it ended up grouping a lot of kids with behavior issues and some who were eventually tested and pulled out for SPED. the kids who were tested out were replaced by others second semester. It's been my most challenging class, by far.
     
  15. Teacher234

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    Ok. Thank you for clarifying this and addressing my misconception.
     
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    Public
    2 preps (more like 1.5...it's on-level and honors of the same course) over 3 class periods
    15-25 students
     
  17. Bioguru

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    Public (High School)
    4 Preps
    Average Class Size: 15
     
  18. beccmo

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    Public high school

    3 Preps - all lab based
    6 classes
    Average Class Size: 22
    And I have to give timely effective feedback to all!
     
  19. Linguist92021

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    3 preps in 6 class periods. This wouldn't be so bad but we have 20 minutes before school prep tie, and 50 % of that is taken by morning supervision (for example this week I have no morning prep time), after school we have 15 minutes, which is taken up by gate supervision or cleaning up the classroom, putting stuff away. So, we have no prep time.
    class size: 10-15, although I have / have had this year as little as 4 kids in 1 class. This is alternative ed, so each kid should count as 2-3 (behaviors).
    On top of it, we we don't get curriculum, we must create it and each year come up with something different because we will have the same kids in those classes.
     
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    Public School-8th grade
    1 1/2 hour block schedule
    6 classes with 1 block for planning
     

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