Syllabus flexibility

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  1. NewHS

    NewHS New Member

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    Jul 18, 2007

    Hi -- this is my first post, I will be starting my teaching position next month and wondered if anybody had advice. What are some thoughts concerning passing out a syllabus at the beginning of the year (for high school US and World History)? And , is this a super-detailed syllabus for each week of the year? Or is just a "general" sort of syllabus ok?

    Last, is it ok to post a syllabus on-line?

    Thanks a lot, I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed.
     
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  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Hi and welcome!!

    A general syllabus-- these are the chapters we're covering, these are the topics you'll see-- is fine.

    But, as a first year teacher, you probably want to avoid incredible detail. Timing sometimes becomes a problem even for those of us who have been in the classroom for a while. So I think I would avoid incredible detail; it's almost inevitable that it will have to be changed.

    Some of the history teachers in my school hand out numbered homework sheets. Since they're not dated, they provide for a bit more flexiblity than what you propose.

    Let us know how else we can help. We've all been there!
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Giving the kids a sense of where things are going to go and in more or less what order is, I think, a very good idea.
     
  5. Brendan

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    - I provide a syllabus that contains a basic course outline (kust a list of topic), but more importantly addresses all policies, expectations, and rules of my class/course. It also deeply covers grading.
    - I also give a weekly syllabus which includes the topic of each class, what we did that, class, homework, and dates.
     
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    Thanks to all!

    Thanks to everybody for great suggestions - I feel better, and have a good idea of how I want to do it now. I really appreciate it.
     
  7. Bitsy Griffin

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    I leave my dates empty. That way they see order, but we fill the dates in as we go.
     

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