How long have you taught school?

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  1. groovymama

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    Do you teach the same grade/subject each year?
    How often do you have to adjust to a new curriculum?
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  3. INteacher

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    Well . . . I taught 3 years right out of college - high school and during those three years I taught US History, World History, Geography and Econ. My schedule was different every year but I always taught at least one of these subjects.

    Then I was a SAHM for 5 years - went back to the classroom when I was 31 teaching high school again - same subjects but now I am teaching AP Euro, APUSH and World History. So that would make this the beginning of my 15 year back in the classroom. I have taught these 3 preps for the past 4 years. I have the same classes next year. I really don't have to adjust to a new curriculum but I do have to adjust when new state standards are released. The state of Indiana loves to rewrite standards :) In my AP classes, I don't have to follow state standards.

    So all together, I have taught 18 years
     
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    Just finished year 31. Mostly PE but lots of math, reading, computer skills, gifted, etc.
     
  5. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I'm just finishing up my third year. I teach all sections of Latin now, but I started with just I and II.
     
  6. leighbball

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    I am finishing up my 6th year. I have taught K, 2nd, and 3rd so far and will be teaching 1st in the fall :) So I have changed curriculums a lot!

    As for adapting to new curriculum, it takes patience, but I don't think it is hard to do. I try to familiarize myself with the units beforehand (I've already checked out the ss and sci units for next year) and then as I plan I go through everything and write myself notes on postits for things that worked and didn't so I know what to modify or change for the following time I teach it.

    Having flipflopped grade levels for 4 years (moved from 2nd to 3rd twice) I can tell you it requires being flexible and open to new ideas. I ask my grade level team members for assistance when necessary and I even have planned with some of them at times.
     
  7. groovymama

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    Thank you for all the quick replies. I home school and after getting my Language Arts curriculum, I feel that my rising 2nd grader needs more challenge. It doesn't focus on writing, but phonics and we did that this year and he has been able to read pretty well for his entire 1st grade year.
    Is 2nd grade to early to teach writing basics?
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    No, I taught my 2nd graders writing basics.
     
  9. monsieurteacher

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    I'm at nearly 2 years now.

    I started as a Resource teacher, then I was doing behaviour intervention. Next year... who knows! I'd love to do something that will end up being more regular!
     
  10. Irma

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    I am at year 15- taught K-5 as well as tech.

    My second graders write 8-10 sentence paragraphs with topic sentences during their year with me. We work on transition words, topic sentences, sentence structure, rich language- all that good stuff. So, yes, 2nd grade is a good age to focus on writing.
     
  11. Jem

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    I'm such a drifter.. ;) It's been five school years.

    4th grade for half a year (took over after my student teaching)
    5th grade for two full years
    6/7/8 science and drama for half a year (only science teacher in the building)
    3rd grade for half a year

    I'll be teaching a fifth grader this year. I don't mind changing curriculum. I threw away all my lessons from my first year of fifth and started over fresh my second, so I didn't even really keep anything when I stayed at the same grade.
     
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    I've been teaching for 17 years. The first 3 years, I taught middle school English/reading/history (7th-8th), 7th math and 8th science. At the high school level, I've taught mostly English II and III, with the last 8 years being exclusively English III, plus 8 years of journalism and occasionally an elective here and there.

    We rarely get an entirely new curriculum, but I adjust my teaching every year. There's always something new that I want to try or I get a batch of kids that just have different needs than the ones before. We just got our state assessment scores in for the year, and as a department, our grammar scores went down for the 2nd year in a row. We're going to HAVE to revamp our curriculum somewhat because we obviously aren't addressing grammar enough, you know?
     
  13. scholarteacher

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    Finishing my 26th year. Have taught classroom Pre-K, K, 1, 2, and 5. Also Music. Have changed curriculum whenever I change schools, districts, or grades, and sometimes when a current school changes a curriculum. So the curriculum changes wind up being from every year to maybe every 5-6 years, depending on how long I'm in one place.
     
  14. misteacher

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    I am on my 19th year. I have taught grades K-6. One of those as a resource teacher for grades 4-6. Most of my experience has been at 3rd or 5th grade level. 7 schools with a new curriculum for most of those moves. At my previous district, I was chairperson for the Social Studies curriculum for the district so had an active say in what was taught. This year I am roving at a new school so new curriculum and new expectations. Next year, same grade level and no roving! Yippee! I do enjoy the changes and it keeps my teaching from getting boring.
     
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    I just finished my 3rd year! Woo hoo! I taught 2nd grade those years. This year, I'm moving up to teach 3rd grade.

    I'm just starting to get into the curriculum over the summer. AND our state is changing the standards this year, so no one knows what to expect. I feel a little ahead because I know where my kids ended and what gaps they'll have from last year. (I'm keeping my class plus a few others.)
     
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    My path's a little different:

    I've subbed for about 6 yrs, in which during that time I got my Masters & 2 teaching credentials, then was an elem resource specialist for only 1 yr, then decided to return to school to get another Masters & am now subbing again for another 1 yr so far.

    I'll continue subbing until I can get a new career in the field I'm back in school for...speech-language pathology.
     
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    Taught for 2 years at the university level.
    Taught for 2 years at a private elementary school.
    Just finished my 4th year at a public high school.

    In my 4 years, I have taught English III, English IV, and English CP. Next year I will be teaching English III, English IV and English CC.

    I don't have any control over the English CC curriculum, it mirrors the community college curriculum. I have complete control over English III and English IV. I am completely revamping English IV for next year.
     
  18. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    This is my second year teaching art to Kindergarten through fifth grade. I'm going into my third year and I hope I don't have to travel to another school, and I may not have kindergarten anymore.
     
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    I've taught two years in my own classroom in grades kinder and 2nd. I've been subbing in between since 2002 in grades prek-8th grade. During my second year (in a 2nd grade classroom) we completely revamped our math curriculum.
     
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    I can only teach English, so my subject area is pretty much set. I've taught English in grades 9-12. I also taught 7th and 8th grade language arts and reading. I taught one class of 6th grade langugage arts once as well.

    I'm finishing year 16 tomorrow, and I've taught only 7th grade language arts since 2002. Before that I taught 7th and 8th grade language arts from 1995. High school was before then.

    We get new core content whenever the state decides to give us a new one. The curriculum we use varies by department. My department doesn't use anything in particular, just teach the content.

    It changes every 3-5 years, but the changes are rarely major. Usually it's just a change in the "official" numbers of the content and the wording.
     
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    This is the end of my third year. I taught third for a half a year. Pre-K for a year, First for another year, and now I will be back in Pre-K. Hopefully, I'll be able to stay there for a while. Packing sucks. :(
     
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    Finishing up year seven - two years in 7th grade English/social studies, five in the high school. I started there teaching 10th and 12th, and now I teach 12th exclusively. I'm tweaking my instruction a lot next year, but the general curriculum is British Lit.
     
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    This is my 23rd year. I've taught:

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    and a computer course a million years ago.

    I think it's important for teachers to be able-- and confident in-- a variety of different preps within their certification area.
     
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    I am finishing up my 23rd year teaching. All but one of those years have been in the same classroom in the same school. I'm a Montessori teacher, so our curriculum is fairly consistent, but it's different than teaching in a traditional school because each year is different based on the needs of the children and their interests.
     
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    I have completed my 30th year of teaching. I have taught Sp. Ed. K-5, Sp. Ed.K-1, first, second, third, and multiage (K-2, 1-3, 2-3. and 3-4.)There was one year at the district office as a teacher on special assignment--Sp. Ed. Facilitator overseeing 7 elem. schools and 1 jr. hi. I have seen many changes with curriculum over the years and always take on those challenges as part of my learning.
     
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    Finishing my 12th year. I have taught 3 for 4 years, fourth for 7, second 1, and now back to third. I have all files from third so I am feeling good, although they have added to curriculum. I still have my fourth grade and will keep my second grade stuff, you never know!!
     
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    I just finished up my 12th year. Last day was yesterday! I have taught middle school math and social studies, Algebra, 1st gr., 4th gr., and am now teaching Computers. I love Computers but am starting to wish I had a regular classroom again. I miss having a homeroom and getting to know the kids better than I can in just 30 or 40 minutes.
     
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    I have taught for four years. The first two years i taught 2nd and then 3rd grade and I taught all subjects. Last year I switched schools and taught 6th grade math and English. This year I just taught math. Next year it will be just math again. As far as curriculum I am free to do pretty much whatever I want. They provide us with curriculum, but trust us to make the decisions on how to teach.
     
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    I just finished my 5th year. 3 as a High School Art Teacher and 2 as an Elementary Art Teacher.
     
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    I've taught at the college level for 9 years.

    I've taught

    Intro prob/stats
    College math (Gen ed math class)
    Math for business
    Business Calculus
    Calculus I,II,III,IV
    Differential equations
    Discrete Math
    Linear algebra
    Numerical Analysis
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    I'll get to teach Modern Algebra this fall.
     
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    Just finished my 32nd year in Kindergarten. I began my career in K. and will end it in K. I also have been in the same school for 29 of those years and those 29 have been in the same classroom. I have been in my classroom longer than I have been in my home! That is definitely a record in my school where teachers seem to change classrooms every year or two!
     
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    I just finished my 11th year in preschool special ed. Before that I taught one year on the child unit at a mental hospital. Before that 1 year at a Jr. high (6th - 8th grade SPE). I had a Title 1 assistance job before that and a SPE para before that.
     
  33. nattles19

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    I taught preschool for 6 years, and have just finished my 5th year in elementary school. 1 year at first grade, and 4 at third.

    I haven't had to change curriculums in the school I've been working at for the past 4 years, but I know change is coming when we adopt a basal series for reading. I am NOT looking forward to it.
     

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