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Old 04-13-2012, 02:07 AM
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I'm just finishing my student teaching in math, so I don't have any advice. But, I just wanted to say welcome! I look forward to reading the advice from others.
Thank you and we will be learning together. Keep in touch!
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:38 AM
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I know this won't help for this year.

But I do the majority of my planning over the summer. I get a binder for each of my different preps, and plan out each of my lessons... everything from model problems to tentative homework assignements.

I also do long range planning with a chart in Microsoft Word. I give each lesson a number, a title (or "aim") and pretty much lay out the year. Of course, my plans change a bit as the year goes on, but it's a great help.

As far as the grading goes, give it some thought as you teach and make up assessments. If you ALWAYS lay out a particular problem the same way, the kids will tend to do the same. It makes it MUCH easier to just eyeball the work (particularly for the kids who get the answer correct.)
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:38 PM
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I have found that one important thing for me to do is to make a to-do list each day of a handful of things that I truly need to accomplish (no more than 5). It helps me to keep on top of things without being overwhelmed.

I agree with Alice, I like to plan as much as I can during the summer. It changes as we get new programs, our overall curriculum changes, and our schedule changes, but at least I have an idea of where I want to go. However, I also teach elementary school, so I have lots of subjects
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:46 AM
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Hi and welcome!

What do you teach? And where?

Even for a newbie, 60 hours sounds like a LOT of time.
I am a math teacher in Australia. I work about 60 hours per week (including instructional time). And you’re right, it IS a lot of time!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:57 AM
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I know this won't help for this year.

But I do the majority of my planning over the summer. I get a binder for each of my different preps, and plan out each of my lessons... everything from model problems to tentative homework assignements.

I also do long range planning with a chart in Microsoft Word. I give each lesson a number, a title (or "aim") and pretty much lay out the year. Of course, my plans change a bit as the year goes on, but it's a great help.

As far as the grading goes, give it some thought as you teach and make up assessments. If you ALWAYS lay out a particular problem the same way, the kids will tend to do the same. It makes it MUCH easier to just eyeball the work (particularly for the kids who get the answer correct.)
, yes, I agree with you Alice, all you mentioned are really a great help. You have given me additional idea. keep in touch!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:04 AM
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I have found that one important thing for me to do is to make a to-do list each day of a handful of things that I truly need to accomplish (no more than 5). It helps me to keep on top of things without being overwhelmed.

I agree with Alice, I like to plan as much as I can during the summer. It changes as we get new programs, our overall curriculum changes, and our schedule changes, but at least I have an idea of where I want to go. However, I also teach elementary school, so I have lots of subjects
Making a list prior on what to do would really put you on the right track. I agree.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:05 AM
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Oh, so your school year is really just getting started?

What course(s) do you teach?
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:17 AM
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Hi all,

I am a math teacher and spend a lot of my time marking and planning classes. I spend up to 60 hours per week doing this. I'd be interested to hear what tricks people here use to speed up their work or to save time. Thanks!
Hi,

I am a Math teacher too. I have been teaching less than 3 years and we have similar problem on how to save time marking and planning of classes, and I am also looking forward to hear what others could contribute or perhaps help to lessen this problem. Keep in touch!
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:36 AM
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Hi,

I am a Math teacher too. I have been teaching less than 3 years and we have similar problem on how to save time marking and planning of classes, and I am also looking forward to hear what others could contribute or perhaps help to lessen this problem. Keep in touch!
Hi,

Where do you teach? How many hours you spend in a week?
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:34 PM
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I would open a new thread in General Education, and you will get a lot more responses.

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