How much of the time do you use your TE?

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  1. heavens54

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    50%, 75%, 85%? Can't live without it %? If you don't use your TE much, why not and how do you teach the lessons? Thanks.
     
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  3. MsDeb

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    It depends on the subject! For reading and math, I'd say about 85-90%. Our reading and math curriculum are really up-to-date, aligned with the standards and offer excellent resources & activities. For science/social studies, it's much less (the texts are old and outdated).
     
  4. MissJill

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    I rarely use my TE.
    I follow the sequence in math and I will use some of the resources, but I like to supplement and add other lessons from different programs.

    I use the TE in Language Arts when we read from the basal readers (but we only do that 4 times a year). We read a lot of novels throughout the year.
     
  5. Lynn K.

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    Ditto. Depends on the subject and the day.
     
  6. teacherSMK

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    I would say about 80-85% of the time for all. I like the way TE's guide the lessons, and keep me on task. It is easy for me to get off task, so, yeah, I follow the TE's.
     
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    Well currently we dont have one for ELA so I am using powerpoints and we are reading novels. I am teaching the 8 parts of speech and I teaching reading strategies. For social studies I do use my TE, but it is outdated. I think I use it about 90 %.
     
  8. Sarge

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    Where I teach, if the principal walks in, and you are not teaching from the manual, you are busted. If you don't have it in your hand then you need to have memorized it.
     
  9. Brendan

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    Are you joking? That's terrible. I teach History and I rarely if ever use a teacher's edition.
     
  10. Sarge

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    I'm not joking. We're an "Open Court" district where they view the curriculum as a means for administrators to exert control over what goes on in the classroom. And they've started to adopt a similar philosophy for other subjects as well.
     
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    Sarge, I finally got direct permission from an admin to do whatever will work best for the kids including getting rid of or altering Open Court as I feel fit! The pendulum is swinging! Our district was where yours is about 10 years ago.
     
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    I use mine anytime we are using the textbooks. It has it's own stretchy book cover. lol.
     
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    I'm not required to use the TE for anything , but reading and math cover everything we are supposed to teach and the program was written for Florida standards. Why reinvent the wheel when the TE already covers what I need to teach? I don't use a TE for any other subject.
     
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    I don't use the textbook TE at all because I already know the literature, and I create my own questions (or the kids do) as we read.
     
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    I've never used a Teacher's Edition. I don't think I was given one when I first started, so I never got into the habit.

    I teach math. If I need someone else to tell me the answers, or highlight what's important, I'm in serious trouble. I know what the kids learned last year, and what they'll need to know next year.

    As to the pacing, we have a syllabus. Over the summer I work out my own pacing guide to work within the parameters of what must be taught each marking period. (As a new teacher, my department chair-- a little old nun--taught the same courses I did. SHE was my pacing guide :) )
     
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    There are Teacher's Editions?
     
  17. SciTeacherNY

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    I have never used a TE. I do not feel as though the textbooks at my school coincide with the "newer" curriculum, so I do not even give them to students.
     
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    Miss Jill, you only use the basal readers four times a year? What about teaching conventions, spelling, etc? You don't use the practice book either? Do you teach in a private school?

    If you don't mind telling me, what are some of the novels that you read during the year? How many do you read? Which ones are your student's favorites? Thanks.
     
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    We are expected to meet all the curricular outcomes, so following the curriculum guide is much more important then using a Teacher's Edition. Sometimes, we have an outcome that isn't covered in the textbook so we need to design our own activities to meet it.
     
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    My grammar TE is the only one I really use (about 10 minutes of our day). For reading, I do all guided reading (each group has a different book that they are working on).

    For Math we get an outline from the county that tells what is covered in each Investigations unit, and I go from there covering the standards.

    Science and Social Studies I don't ever use the textbooks. They don't really address our standards, and our SS book is much too hard for our students. I do a lot of lessons using the smartboard or other hands-on activities.
     
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    This is how it is where I teach. Everything is scripted.
     
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    I have them. This is my fourth year teaching the same subject, the last 3 years I did use them, each year less and less. This year we've revamped the curriculum for the class and the students are only using the two books as a resource if needed. Therefore I don't use mine at all. I do like some of the activities along the border of the TE and will flip open the book to use one in a group or center activity.

    I always had a plan to slowly wean myself off having TE in hand at all times. I would rather not use it, however, when first starting at the school-which is in a different state than I live/grew up and new to the subject- I had to use it to get a feel of what was to be taught.

    I'm glad we don't have to follow a script-the core content and standards to follow are enough. IMHO
     
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    I like them as a resource. I think I relied a little more on it than I would have liked last year in Math... I don't really have a TE for any other class. I suppose there are some for our science units... but I didn't think to check.

    This year, I plan to use the TE in Math primarily as a guide for what to teach when through the year.
     
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    I don't even know where mine are.

    I don't need mine. My BA and MA are in the subject I teach, so I'm really comfortable with my subject area. I don't really even use most of the resources that come with my textbooks.
     
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    I use it primarily as an additional textbook. I need to read what the students are reading and they really need to read the chapters we are in. I use the test bank for most of my questions and I tweak only a few of them. With chemistry, I use the TE for the questions and double check my answers. However, I have found a few mistakes.

    I do like a lot of the suggestions I've found in the TE but most of the activities we do in class come from other teachers or things I have created on my own.
     
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    I think I have used my Health TE once this year so far. I haven't even opened the Reading (since we have gone to Reader's Workshop), Math (since we have gone to Math Workshop), Grammar, Social Studies (doesn't match our standards), or Science (will use it because it IS aligned with the standards). It's frowned upon for us to use any worksheets this year (new super doesn't like them) and they really don't want us to use the textbooks either.
     
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    I don't use them. Too heavy :lol: They make excellent paperweights.
     
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    I NEVER used it in math.

    In science, I use it maybe 40% of the time and only to read with the class. A student book would work just as well.
     
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    What teacher's edition? We don't have one for writing.
     
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    I use mine as my own copy of the textbook rather than for all of the bells and whistles that are included in it. What Sarge described happens in a lot of places. It just does not happen where I teach. Special Education has its perks where I am at because we have to individualize for students so that gives us much more leeway (sp?)
     
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    I never use me TE. I actually keep it at home, just to check the homework. My kids actually don't use the textbook either, it's only used for homework. I give my kids a notes set for every chapter and we use those in class. I expand upon the notes with extra details, specifics and vocab words. We then do a lot of practice from other resources I've collected. I seriously couldn't survive without all my workbooks that I've purchased through out the years.
     
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    I think my TE's are under the sink in my classroom, but I'm not really sure. I don't remember where I put them when I moved into this classroom 3 years ago. :) I teach 5th grade literacy, and I use trade books to teach reading and writing.
     
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    In the past, I rarely even used the textbook in class, I used my own readings and materials. However, we just did a new textbook adoption and most of what we teach has to come from the textbook. My creativity is feeling stifled!
     
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    My physics textbooks do not have a TE and I have no idea where my physical science TE is. So I guess that I never use a TE.
     
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    The courses I'm teaching this year don't have textbooks!
     
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    maybe 10% of the time.
     
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    I use my reading TE for the read alouds, but since I have my written lesson plans, I use those to teach. We use Saxon Math, and it is scripted, so I have to use it the script for that day's lesson(although I have most of the script memorized!)
    Science has a TE, but I only use it to plan, not when I'm teaching, same for the other subjects(Social Studies, Religion).
     
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    I don't use them.
     
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    For Language Arts, I use my TEs about 80% of the time (we use Houghton-Mifflin). We also use Houghton-Mifflin Math, but because I've been teaching 2nd grade for five years now, I don't use my TE as much as I used to.
     
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    I use my math TE about 10% of the time and the reading program, I don't use the TE anymore, but follow the program to the script. Other subjects, I don't have curriculum, let alone TEs, which is fine with me! A little bit of balance is good and I like our reading program, otherwise I'd follow it less rigidly.
     

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