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  1. mommaruthie

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    Good luck on Monday.
    I am all set up room wise.
    Havent even touched the 'curriculum' planning yet.
    At least i have a classroom.
    My school is going to be renting the movie theater to hold classes until the 'new building' is ready. The prek, k, 1/2, 6-9 will be housed ON SITE. The older kids cant afford to lose 'travel time' they need their minutes to graduate. SOOOOO
    they are putting the 3/4/5 graders onto school buses and sending them 5 miles to the movie theater where they will learn!?
    What a nightmare! Hows the MOLD at VSY? YUCK!
    Keep me posted if you can on the 'papercuts' or such materials for me. I am just so tired from the setting up. I have been preparing every evening also so that I hadnt been 'on line' for three days! I even have with me work to do for the weekend. URGH.
    I have an entire shelf set up for fine motor skills... tweezer, eyedropping, push pinning, hole punching, scissor cutting....
    I guess a bit of the 'montessori' is still going to fight to show itself! Best regards for a great beginning. ruth
     
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  3. AJK

    AJK Pre-k Montessori Teacher

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    I have your list, I started pulling pages today after orientation, I'll have them copied this week (hopefully) :) Is your school a public school, can I pony them to you or do you need me to mail them? If so, e-mail me the address, please!
     
  4. mommaruthie

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    we are broward county charter. I dont know if there is a 'school mail bag'. I will ask though. thanks for checking for me. Just spent 50 $ on laminating at office max! I didnt really think it would be so expensive but she had already run it for me. what was i to do? say uh, never mind? Paid it.... Ouch! ruth
     
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    Man, I guess I am spoiled. We just drop anything we want laminated off at the school library and one of the assistants laminates it for us and puts it in our box. I've never heard of having to pay out of pocket for laminating. Do you have to put 5 cents in the copier too?!

    Nick
     
  6. Upsadaisy

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    mommaruthie - I have been wondering where you taught. You have awesome posts - as do many other regulars - and I knew you were in Florida. I am in West Palm at a private school. It is very small so my problems are not the same as for those at public -even charter I would imagine. What is your population? Still, even I don't have to pay to laminate!! LOL
     
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    We take ours to the resource/media/title one/whatever you call it center to get things laminated. They said as long as they have it, we can use it and when it runs out, that's it until more money is funded... so far the money has been funded. :) That really helps the schools that don't have their own laminater like mine. We are too small and I know some of them would have it messed up in a day or so if we did have one.

    Lori
     
  8. mommaruthie

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    now wait a minute. This charter is only one year old and funds are hurting but they do have one laminating machine that wasnt working Mon-Fri. but was fixed on saturday morning. I needed my stuff done before school starting this monday. I couldnt get anywhere near the copier/ singular/one at school and yes Nick, i did pay SIX cents a copy! Upsadaisy the only school in your area that i know anything about is Spadie. I cant tell you the student total number, its just not important to me now, but i will ask. I am one of 12 first/second combo teachers! With a 25 student cap in each class. Our school starts with 2 pre K classes and goes up to ninth grade. I am one BLOCK from I27 in Pembroke Pines. Everglades is literally our back yard! There is no media center, yet. This is the second campus for our school, the original site has been open now for almost six years. In 2000 it was the best scored elem. school in all of Florida schools. I was impressed and am very thrilled to be there. The pay is identical to Broward county public and I am going to be paid for all my years of teaching including Private school. (YAHOOOO!) I have enjoyed 'talking' with all of you. Many times that I post, I will write exactly as I speak. So, I really feel like I am talking with you. Thanks for all your support. I hope I have humored, or shared an idea that has made some kind of impact on you. Have an awesome first year. Feel free to ASK me for a lesson, an idea or actual materials for any topic. I have been known to go the extra mile. Much regards for a great NOT maniac Monday. RUTH
     
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    mommaruthie,
    A question for you, since we're all stressing over the first week of school. Today I was filling in my plan book with 6 other folders labeled "music," "general lessons," science, social studies, etc. After I wrote in all of the lessons, I went back over each one and made an auxiliary list of things to do, get, find, create and copy so that I could be prepared. Many days I improvise in the sense that I read the mood of the class, (hot afternoon, Mon. A.M., wed midweek blues,etc.) and change speeds or lessons. But, as long as I have basically prepared for the lessons I intend to do, I feel that I have the freedom to jump around if needed, even though the 4th grade has a weekly schedule of minimum minutes per major subject. Am I okay in skipping the college/school lesson plan form for this brief plan then a list of "to do's" :confused:
     
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    whew momma - it does sound like you were speaking to me in person! Anyway, I am not a first year teacher, myself. I have about five years in. Though I got in the classroom by chance ..... that's another story.

    I am at Poinciana Day School, near the airport - private, secular - just a charming little school with Montessori pre-K and K, regular curriculum through 8th grade, one class per grade. I teach fifth and middle school math. We have only 75 kids TOTAL - in the school. It is like a lovely family. Behavior problems are not major and we have the time to work on minor ones. We do a lot of character education. Teachers have the freedom to augment or substitute curriculum, play to their strengths and interests and the children's needs. Tuition is expensive ($7000) but somehow our salaries are still at about half the public school salary, despite most teachers having Master's degrees. It is a happy place and I wouldn't want to trade with anyone in public school!

    Maxine - talk about having freedom to jump around - I do lots of that, though I keep very detailed plans. I don't see how you can avoid it and still be responsive to the children's needs. Some of my best lesson plans have sprung up at the last minute - I love to be creative and 'go with the flow'.
    Debbie
     
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    Debbie,
    This is better than lunch on a professional day when the teachers finally talk with each other! I'm coming back and chatting often! You have really made my day. Thank you.
     
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    Debbie, this is my nineth year teaching and every year i go thru the same crunch in preparing. one of these years i expect to have this down pat... I gotta tell you that i have made first impressions of teachers already. i have my favorites picked out but so far every one has been great. good luck today.
     
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    Glad to hear from you both! Well, I thought today was my easy day (it really is), but my 8th graders (come in when 5th goes out to specials) somehow could not remember how to multiply and divide fractions and decimals - so I spent 30 minutes at recess reteaching them and impressing upon them that they have run out of time (no recess for them until they get it right). Then one mother called because her daughter (5th) did not like the job assignment she got for our class magazine. I had to talk to an 8th grader's parent because she wanted to be informed if he did not complete homework. She dropped the bombshell that her son had been diagnosed with ADD but she didn't like med's and only wanted to give it when absolutely necessary. Also, by the way, he has a visual problem but won't wear the special colored glasses. A 5th grader with ADD already had made such a mess of his supplies (he had two huge binders, 10 folders, an extra notebook, indexes not in any binder, no tabs in them, no folders marked with subject names, several copies of the same science hand-outs ......... no paper in any of the binders ....) that I spent half a period putting them in order. Thank God someone had brought in delicious made-from-scratch brownies!!!!
     
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    oh upsadaisy... no eating home baked stuff! I know they mean well, but u never can tell all ingredients. also salmonella... ohhhh my tummy is achey for you... I devoured five bags of m and m's at the end of my day....considering i dont eat candy or that many bags of m and ms would make any one ill. so now i am up at four doing the school work that i didnt do after i zonked out after my first day of school with my students. Passed out and fast asleep before nine... today is going to be hell mid day i will be so tired. I gotta get used to this. Day two and how many more to go? ha ha
     
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    Ha, ha - no, the kids did not bring in - the assistant head of school did - fastidious woman. It isn't dangerous, just fattening.
     
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    Still no laminating machine working, i am now using clear contact paper. The copying machine has been working/not working. AND Nick, we have to now supply our OWN paper! These are some inconveniences yes, but what i have had the first week with my students, inside my classroom, I hope, dont want to jinks myself, will be what i have All year! Awesome week. Horrible on the heart/blood pressure at dismissal but close that door and teaching is what went on. I now will beg 'lowes and home depots' for gardening/ landscaping materials. The courtyard has six empty pits/ filled with rain water. No landscaping yet. Upsadaisy, if i can keep those moms out of my room in the am so i can put the morning work on the board then i am in good shape. Everyone wants to be so helpful but its not the right time of day. I want an update Nick from how its changed from week one to now since youre ahead of us. Aj- any luck with resources? Do you still need to get everything approved first before copies can be made? How is Hazels health? I saw Murray on TV she is at a new school that I think was having trouble opening or had mildew problems. I was depositioned from BCSB lawyer regarding a student i had at VSY who was suing due to health conditions that she acquired as a student there! Stay well. Ruth
     
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    I requested copies of what I could pull so far (beginning of the list) Pre-k copy day is Monday..not sure how that'll work this week with the holiday. Hopefully I can pull the rest of what you need this week :)
     
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    good morning. enjoy your holiday weekend. i woke up at ten today! feeling tired still but I ran out of clear contact paper so my school work is done for the weekend! Will be down your area on Monday at my sisters. Hope it doesnt rain. Take care. ruth
     
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    hey, ruth - you could go broke on contact paper if you're not careful!!!
     
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    sixty dollars at office max for lamination. Now i went thru one roll of contact paper that a parent brought in. If i have more contact paper, i will make more lessons!
     
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    What kinds of lessons are you making?
     
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    three part cards. Animals of the different continents. Animals of the different habitats.
     
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    The laminator at my school is also broke! We have 2 teachers that are to do the laminating for us & a paraeducator decided that he was able to use the machine & broke it. It's not the first time that someone who does not know how to use the machine used it & broke it!!! In my area Holcomb's Know Place or the Teacher's Store is cheaper then Office Max/Kinko's etc. & I use them when the machine is down & I need something laminated as it usually takes a month or more to get it repaired. Guess we're lucky to have one at all, just wish that only the 2 teachers who have been trained to use the machine were the only ones to use the laminator!!
     
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    We have two laminators so if one goes down we have a backup. Our media specialist and his assistant are the only ones to laminate. They laminate only two days a week so we need to make sure our stuff is there on those two mornings. But then assistants usually cut it out for us so that helps tremendously.

    Also, our county has a teacher resource room where we can laminate if the need arises. They charge a very nominal amount (I am not even sure how much because I go there so infrequently) but I know it is much cheaper than Office Max. Plus they use the thicker lamination so it is worth the price.
     

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