Have you started prepping a new class yet?

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  1. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    I'm teaching Geometry for the first time in a good 15+ years. So, while it's not a NEW prep, it certainly will require some work before I walk into my room in September.

    Has anyone else not yet cracked a book?? I got a bunch of stuff on a thumb drive from a friend and haven't touched it yet.

    I was all full of amibition on Friday, then that didn't work out when I started my 2 day crying jag.

    At the very least, I should map out an overview of my curriculum. I don't need day to day lesson plans, but I should get an idea of where I'm going.

    We'll see whether or not I get to it today.
     
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  3. CFClassroom

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    I am always exhausted at the end of a year and ready for a break, but within a week I'm planning the next year.
     
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    Are you feeling better now, Alice?

    I need to prep like mad, but I am still busy finishing things I need to graduate. At the rate I'm going, I am going to be prepping like a madwoman the week before classes.
     
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    I won't even know what I'm officially teaching until a few days before the students show up. Some years it has been the day before. I'm pretty sure I'll have two sections of Algebra 1, but I have no idea what my third class will be, and it may be something I've never taught before. Luckily the other teachers in my department are really good at sharing materials.
     
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    I'm going to start moving my lesson plans from last year's Grade Quick to this year's, that is, if the program is available.

    I've reorganized my Read a Louds for the whole year already.
     
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    I still don't know what I'm teaching.... Fortunately, I've taught English I-IV before, but I haven't taught anything but III in more than 3 years.

    The good news is that grammar is grammar, so it's not probably nearly as big a prep as a new math class. :p
     
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    I'm teaching a new grade this year. I'm trying to get my classroom done first, because we have parent meetings in the two weeks before school starts. I've paged through a few books and mapped out one or two subjects, but others I haven't even looked at yet!
     
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    I am teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts/Literature for the first time. I have been working on my long term plan. The goal is to plan out all my units before the beginning of the school year. We'll see if it happens!
     
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    I'll be in a new grade too, but teaching writing using Writing Workshop, so it won't be too different. I've already mapped out my year. I won't know what my 2nd class will be - either reading or social studies - until August. This will be my first year only having 2 preps! I'm excited!
     
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    Yeah, Molly, I'm doing much better thanks.

    I'm just not sure that "much better" will necessarily translate into "amibitious." :)
     
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    After ten year of exclusivley 5th, I am teaching two sections of 4th grade SS this year. I haven't started planning it yet, but I have all the stuff sitting in the living room, mocking me every time I walk by...
     
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    Cut yourself some slack for a while. It is summer, and it sounds like you basically know what you will be doing.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    Oh, at this point I could walk into just about any math class in the building and ask what page we're on, then start to teach.

    That's not ego, I'v just been there forever and have taught all our courses. I've actually done it a number of times, when we've juggled classes to cover maternity leaves and stuff like that.

    But I like being prepared better than that. So at some point this summer, ambition will hit and I'll prep Geometry :)
     
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    :sorry: to get off topic!

    Carlea, I just ordered a book on using a writer's notebook, called Notebook Know-How (insert really long sub heading) by Amy Buchner (?). My friend and former co-teacher suggested it. I have tried to figure out a way to incorporate writing notebooks in my ELA and Social Studies classes. She said this was the first book she has every read that made using a notebook seem feasible!
     
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    I'm off to a slow start. Can't help but think we still have 6 weeks until classes begin. My students would lecture me about procrastinating if they knew!
     
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    Does dabbling count?

    Something changed and my class won't be totally self contained next year. So I will be teaching history and geography to all the 8th graders and then Logic (new class), grammar and vocabulary to my homeroom kids. oh yeah and I will also be teaching Alg. 1/2 again.
    This is in addition to my ASB class.

    I have been dabbling a little across all the subject areas.

    I only have 4 weeks left so I need to get going.
     
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    Does daydreaming about winning a bunch of grants I never even applied for, having classes full of terrifically motivated students, and my own personal secretary count as planning??

    Cause if so, I'm totally prepared!
     
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    Wow yarnwoman! Enjoy your new adventure!
     
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    Rachaelki - Thanks! I hope everything works out. I forgot to mention that the school just added two more 8th grade classes and so my two partner teachers are both new to the school.

    Holliday - if I can you can!
     
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    Thanks! I have it already and have begun reading it. It's nice to hear that others recommend it!
     
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    :lol: holliday!!

    I found out that all of our lessons are already planned out for us. Bummer! I just need to print them out and put them in a binder, print out the handouts and put them in binder, and get transparencies made and put those in there as well.

    I've begun to map out the first 2-3 days of intros/rules/procedures/etc. And I've basically got my room mapped out and decorated in my head. :)
     
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    I've been acting like I'm working on my first two math units, but I'm really just moving things around on my desk and from binder to binder. I don't like our math textbook so it is hard right now to get motivated. I'm really looking forward to working on my reading materials, but I want to wait on those until I get the math done since it is giving me trouble.

    I also have to call school this week and see what is going on. Our director was in Peru for the last 3 weeks and she should be back by today. I need class lists and other information to start getting specialist schedules put together for my teachers, materials ordered, and the GradeQuick program updated. I can't do anything in my classroom since it is being remodeled right now. I'm not even really sure how the space is going to work.
     
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    Well, I've been thinking about it a lot...

    I want to pretty much plan out the whole year, because I'm going to teach literature and comp on alternating days, so I've got to get it in gear pretty soon! It would help if I got up at a reasonable hour, but I've been a real slug sleeping in. :eek:

    I'm teaching a college essay writing workshop at Cal State Northridge the first two weeks of August - ten days, three hours a day - and I really need to plan for that!
     
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    I'm actually teaching 2 new courses (new in that, I haven't taught them before) next year, and haven't really done much. I've roughly sketched out what units I want to cover, and went through the student textbooks, but that's about all.....
     
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    Be careful. Canned lessons usually aren't very good. A course that relies completely on one text is even worse.
     
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    lol! me, too! I think I'm going to commit to finishing my room this week, and finish reformatting my notebook assignments into chart form, then my hubby's off for a week, then I have just two weeks left to "get serious" :dizzy:

    My grade level partner and I have "mapped" out the first semester, and I've put together 2 really pretty binders for the first two units, I just need to settle on my notes/readings and start designing the activities.
     
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    I'm not planning any academics because they switched me from kindergarten to 4th grade and was told that I may teach upper LS/ES. I am planning my behavior plan, routines, grading policy, and conflict resolution units. I'm creating a bunch of posters.
     
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    On my schedule I currently have no new preps. However, I just know I'll get stuck with an Algebra I Honors class so I'll prep for that.
     
  30. LMath85

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    Alice - we've talked. I'm in full Geometry mode right now... by the end of the summer I'll have the first month done, but thats as far as I'm going. I would like to ENJOY the summer and not THINK about school work!
     
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    I actually enjoy prepping a new course.

    I just haven't gotten in the mood yet. Kind of like when you get a great new book, but don't get around to starting it for a while.
     
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    I still have 42 days left until the first day of school. I'm teaching Spanish 1 and 2. I've taught 2 before, but it's my first year teaching Spanish 1. I've printed off the first six weeks of the Spanish 1 curriculum and a blank six weeks planner, but that's all I've done. Tomorrow, I'm meeting up with another teacher at my school to discuss learning strategies. I'm going to get more motivated soon. I swear!
     
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    This is my second year teaching and I was switched to 6th grade social studies. It's Ancient Civilizations and I have the state scope and sequence. however, my AP wants all the teachers to work with each other and I have no way to contact the other 6th grade teacher. Ugh. I mapped out a bit but I feel discouraged. Oh and I might be teaching one seventh grade section. No teacher knows for sure what they are teaching. Any 6th grade social studies teachers out there I would welcome help. :)
     
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    dmbfan~I was just hired as a 6th grade SS teacher.
     
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    Yes! I've got my room almost done...and have done multiple drawings planning out the rest and have tentative plans for the first semester for 2 of the 3 subjects I teach and I read 4 or 5 classroom management books. Last year was my first year teaching and it was last minute and so disorganized, I've tried to set myself up for success and less stress.
     
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    Congrats! Where are you teaching? I would love to chat about ideas and stuff through email if you are up for it. Is 6th grade Ancient History where you are teaching?
     
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    I will be teaching 12th for the first time in my new position, and it is a survey of Brit Lit. I snagged an old textbook from my old position but I haven't cracked it yet. I did start reading Ethan Frome because it is on their novel list and then it occured to me that Ethan Frome is American lit. lol. Must investigate this further.
     
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    Well, I finally got started before the kids got up. I have the first 20 or so lessons mapped out.
     
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    Alice, you are a beast!!! Way to go!
     
  40. Aliceacc

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    Rachael, I think you're overestimating what I've done.

    I have a chart, with the lessons numbered. I've broken down the material into its first 20 or so chunks, and determined the homework to be assigned for each chunk.

    I do that for the whole year, then worry about how I'll actually present each lesson.
     
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    I am actually at school right now getting some paperwork done while I can. My son is at a camp today.

    I've been able to get quite a bit of paperwork finished, and should be able to concentrate just on my classroom stuff when I'm able to come back and do that in August.
     

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