Next year's schedule

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  1. Brendan

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    What is your schedule for next year?

    Mine is...

    Period 1-3 off
    Period 4: APUSH (all 3 trimesters)
    Period 5: Western Civ Honors (2 trimesters) and Criminal Justice and Law (1 trimester)
     
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  3. Mrs. K.

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    Brendan, you only teach two periods a day? Are you part-time?

    I'm currently scheduled to have five sections of English 12 college prep, but my DC told me the chair of the Special Ed department requested that I teach the 12 standard class again - those are kids who aren't special ed, but may have 504s or IEPs, and who are definitely underachievers. I've taught that class the past two years, and I was hoping to let someone else have the pleasure next year! I'm restructuring my curriculum so that it's like teaching two courses, literature and composition, and I'm going to be putting a lot of energy into that, so I really wanted just one prep. However, the way things are in CA, I'm happy to have a job and will teach whatever I get!
     
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    I'm the District SS Department Chair, so periods 1-3 are prep/DC duties for me.
     
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    Silly me, I forgot that - but, wow, three periods! Our DC just gets one extra for a total of two, and they're not consecutive.
     
  6. Aliceacc

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    I still don't know what I'm teaching; I'm hoping to have that info before school ends next week.

    Then, barring any summer changes, I can prep over the summer if necessary.

    We don't get our actual period by period schedule until the fall.
     
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    We won't get the actual periods until school starts but I know I am teaching 2 periods of Physics Honors, 2 periods of Physics Regular and either 2 periods of Physical Science Honors or 1 period of Physical Science Honors and 1 period of Earth Science. It will depend on how many request Physical Science Honors.
     
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    Period 1 - Concurrent Credit English
    Period 2 - English III
    Period 3 - English III
    Period 4 - English IV
    Period 5 - Plan
    Period 6 - Concurrent Credit English
    Period 7 - English III
    Period 8 - English III

    This will be my first year with a real period 7. It used to be a shortened period for test prep. But, next year our classes will be 46 minutes long and period 7 is a full period.

    Also my first year for concurrent credit.
     
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    I'm teaching:

    1 section of French Immersion Social Studies
    1 section of French Immersion Language Arts
    2 sections of French Immersion Math
    1 section of Second Language French
    2 sections of Spanish
     
  10. bandnerdtx

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    We won't find out until about a week before school starts. Seriously.
     
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    same here
     
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    Yikes, how do you prepare anything if you don't until a week before school. I'm spending much of the summer restructuring curriculum. I don't know class periods yet, but know sections. And for the record, I will kill to have only one or two preps. As it stands now, I will have four each semester.

    Sem 1:
    3 Sections: Ancient History (Freshman World History)
    1 Secton: Modern History (Sophomore World History)
    1 Section: AP Euro
    1 Section: US Government

    Sem 2:
    2 Sections: Medieval History (Freshman World History)
    1 Section: 20th Century History (Sophomore World History)
    1 Section: AP Euro
    2 Sections: US Government
     
  13. ANGRY AL

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    We don't find out until a week before the start of classes, also. Sometimes less....like three years ago when they assigned me a senior project class 10 minutes before it was supposed to meet for the first time. (LOL!!!)
     
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    My schedule is the same as last year:

    Period 1: Off
    Period 2: Grade Level Team Meeting
    Periods 3 & 4: LA block
    Period 5: Lunch
    Periods 6 & 7: LA block
    Period 8: Off
    Period 9: 1/2 of an LA block (I split a block with another teacher)
    Homeroom

    It's a nice schedule with good breaks. I really don't like that split LA class, but I also don't want to trade a plan time for a sixth class. I would get paid extra, but not that much.
     
  15. Brendan

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    This year I taught 3 out of 7 periods. I am going to 2 next year as I have 30 teachers under my supervision now with the addition to our MS.
     
  16. bandnerdtx

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    I've had one of those "first day of school surprises", too, Al.

    As for preparing, since I can't prepare a specific subject, I make sure I brush up on my strategies each summer. I read books and participate in workshops that focus on strategies that can be used in any level of English instruction. It's not ideal, but it's something.
     
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    I don't know the periods yet, but I've got 2 sections where I'll be working with small groups of students whose math scores are low to help them in their algebra classes, and one section of state studies and world geography (both 1/2 a semester). I don't know anything about the spring semester yet.
     
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    Period 1- Spanish 1
    Period 2- Spanish 1
    Period 3- Planning/ Conference
    Period 4- Spanish 2
    Period 5- Planning/ Conference
    Period 6- Spanish 2
    Period 7- Spanish 2
     
  19. ANGRY AL

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    bandnerdtx - I'm guessing you already do/know this since I get the impression that you're fairly experienced also, but I just keep some generic English lessons on hand for the first or so week while the (teachers') schedule(s) settles. (Not to mention the transient students' schedules)
     
  20. bandnerdtx

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    Yes, Al, I've been teaching English for 17 years, and I've taught English II and III for 13 years! :) I just do some tweeking and add some new technology components each year.

    Technically, our whole school is transient. I'm at the alternative school for our district.
     
  21. INteacher

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    My schedule next year

    1st APUSH
    2nd AP Euro
    3rd APUSH
    4th World History
    5th World History
    6th Prep
    7th World History
     
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    bandnerdtx - That can make doing novels or the Shakespeare plays extremely tough for you, I'm sure. I'm in a regular school setting, but with the drop-outs, drop-ins, and the just-visitings (LOL), I do a lot of short story units.
     
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    I have one section of Social Studies, 1 section of French and 1 section of Sp. Ed each semester. I don't think it will change. This is the first year I've known this stuff ahead of time!
     
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    I have the same classes I'm teaching as this year..I won't know what class periods I'm having it until right before school starts...but I believe my planning will stay the same -3rd period and lunch for the entire school is 4th. We have 7 periods total.
    I teach two subjects for history-but I could have 2 classes of one and 4 of the other..like 2 yrs ago or this year have 3 of each..which I really like.
     
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    I am surprised so many of you are still on the period schedule. It seems most schools here have transitioned to block scheduling. There are one or two that are clinging to 7 or 8 periods, but only a few. For science, block scheduling is really ideal.

    I will have 3 90 minute blocks and a planning block every day. I am a little confused thinking about it now--I am pretty sure the principal said the kids take 4 classes, so I think that means I will see the kids every day and start a new group of kids in January. Luckily, I think I will be teaching all Earth Science, so no additional preps--good for my first year!
     
  26. INteacher

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    Stick around long enough mollydoll and you will probably be back to the traditional schedule :D We have gone from traditional schedule to block back to traditional schedule. Every few years a "new" study will come out shouting the praises of a certian type of schedule, school boards jump on board and BAM- new schedule.
     
  27. LynnB

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    It angers me to think about teachers not knowing what they are going to teach until school starts--it happens to me every year! Our schedules have already been made out, but admin is so secretive about it--figure that!?! One time I found out that I was teaching an accelerated Eng class (a level I had never taught before!) two days before school started. Once, a friend of mine was given a state tested class the day before the first day of school.

    We can't be expected to do a good job if we don't have time to prepare. I would rather have a hint that I MIGHT be teaching something new, then not get it, than to not know and not be prepared.
     
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    Ron - how long have you taught AP Euro?? Would you be interested in sharing ideas and info??
     
  29. sumnerfan

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    Mine is

    1 Dual Credit English IV
    2 English II
    3 English I
    4 Plan
    5 ACT Prep
    6 English II
    7 English I

    I have 4 preps and I have never taught dual credit before. I haven't taught ACT prep in a very long time, since my first year. This will be a busy year for me.
     
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    who knows?

    We are also in the dark when it comes to next year's schedule. I'm reasonably certain that I'll teach geology/oceanography (each is a one semester class) just because I am the only science teacher at my school with the appropriate background. I also taught chemistry this year but our school is looking to hire an actual chemistry teacher (I'm a biologist/oceanographer) so I may teach something else next year.

    It's very frustrating because there are lots of things I want to prep for chemistry if I teach it. However, I don't want to waste my time making manipulatives, laminating stuff, organizing the chem lab, etc. if I'm not going to use it! I'm hoping that we will have some sort of schedule soon, but the running joke among my colleagues is that we're going to learn our schedule when the students walk into the class and tell us what they're registered for... :rolleyes:

    ~Briana~
     
  31. Brendan

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    We only have 20 kids taking APUSH in my school, greatly in part because one of my hardest teachers had 3 sections of US I Honors this year and they she scared them out of taking it. I found that out today, so I will not be teaching APUSH, but AP Euro instead (which we have 60 students enrolled in, 20 we are doing 3 classes of 20). I would be glad to share with you, Lynne!
     
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    I woun't know my exact schedule until september but I'm **supposed** to be teaching 4 classes of general chemistry and one special education general science. (My school has been known to switch subjects on teachers on the first day of school, I hope not because these are the same classes I taught last year)
     
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    I was excited to find out that I had six sections of Senior World Lit/Comp, but then found out they had eliminated two sections so my classes are huge!
     
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    very late coming in but...

    For sure I know I have

    -remedial math
    -English
    -Ancient World History

    There is a strong possibility I will be co-teaching Biology but I will be doing the support/re-teaching so I don't have to plan the materials or anything.

    I also have a few resource rooms as well for my students in the mainstreamed classes that need some support outside of class.
     
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    Well, I'm about to throw a tiny curve ball to my administration.

    We have freshman orientation for 3 full days starting September 2. For the past few years I've had a freshman homeroom. Next year I'll be teaching 2 soph and 2 frosh classes, so I expected to have a frosh homeroom again... they like the work I do with setting the tone.

    Except that my 2nd surgery got bumped back the other night. It's now scheduled for September 1.

    I fully expect to be ready to teach on September 8, when classes start. (No, I haven't cleared that with the doctor. But I'll be in school on September 8!) But I wonder whether they'll want someone else to take that frosh homeroom-- maybe bump me up to sophs-- so that there's some continuity.

    I'm going in today anyway for summer school; I think I'll stop by the AP's office for a chat.

    It's not a real big deal, but they would probably prefer the early heads up before they start printing anything up.
     
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    I found out this week that I'm getting the English 12 standard-level class again - I had kind of hoped someone else would have them this year, but apparently the special ed department chair specifically requested that I have them. Many of them are on 504 plans or have IEPs. They're good kids, but they can be a challenging group, behaviorally! My other four classes are still college prep English 12.
     
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    I spoke to the AP today... he's such a sweetie!!

    He said not to sweat it, they would have someone else cover my homeroom.

    So I guess that means I KNOW I have a frosh homeroom next year. That's good; I can go in over New Teacher Orientation and get my room decorated. That way it will be done when the kids show up.
     
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    I am glad everything worked out and this will be one less thing for you to worry about. I love teaching freshman :)

    Quick question - how do you "run" your Freshman Orientation? I have been trying to get our admin to change ours for years but they are stuck in the "we done it this way for years" rut. We actually have Freshman Orientation in MARCH while they are still 8th graders. We do this partly so they (students/parents) have enough info to make scheduling choices but we don't do anything else for these incoming freshman. I really dislike this system and feel it doesn't really help the freshman at all. Any suggestions or recommendations you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Ours is 3 full days. Let's see what I remember.

    Day 1: long time in homeroom, getting the low down on how we operate our schedule, how to open a lock, where their lockers are, and so on.

    They get a tour of the building.

    Then they go to a series of "classes" -- one from the dean on the rules and regs, one on all the activities, one on the chapel and all the religious stuff, and so on. Everyone has lunch together, free.

    Day 2: Another long homeroom,
    More classes: on study skills, an art class where they make up their family crest (Guidance learns it as a way of introduction to the kids) They meet the gym teachers and get their gym clothes, and I think they have intramural competitions. Another free lunch.

    Day 3: Long homeroom. They get their schedules, and do a short run-through of their classes (6 minutes per class I think.) Then we have a big (600 freshmen!!) BBQ

    Each homeroom has a Senior Big Brother and Big Sister who are in the classroom 2 or 3 days a week all year. They help with the spirit, and with some of the questions a kid might not want to ask a teacher.

    I KNOW I left stuff out, but that's the basic idea.
     
  40. INteacher

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    Thanks for the info Alice - this sounds great. I don't think we would need three days since our freshman class is usually less than 140 students. I really like the idea of a lunch run though together because lunch usually causes the greatest panic for most freshman. I also like the series of classes, tour and senior big brother/sister. This will really help me try to put something together that will be a lot more helpful to our freshman. :)
     
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    Alice,

    I LOVE that. I really wish we did something like that. I am going to speak to my principal regarding it, he views it as something that cannot be done.
     

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