Tomorrow begins my 2nd year of teaching.....

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    My first time teaching 6th graders! The ones who toured the building were adorable! Not as jaded as the older kids I taught a year earlier! Wish me luck!!! :D
     
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    Good luck! Have a fantastic year!
     
  4. OhThePlaces

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    Good luck! :)
     
  5. ready2learn

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    Have a great year!
     
  6. WindyCityGal606

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    Fun! 6th graders are just starting the slow transition to adolescence. They are just as frazzled as us some days! They're great Enjoy!
     
  7. giraffe326

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    Good luck!
     
  8. MrsC

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    Have a fabulous first day!
     
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    Enjoy!
     
  10. ms.irene

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    Go get'em Pi!
     
  11. Milsey

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    This is your make or break year.
     
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    No it's not.
     
  13. Milsey

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    It's common knowledge that first-year teachers get a pass, particulary on class management.
    He indicated in other posts he had a hard time controlling his classes.
    Hopefullly he's got it down; otherwise, it's adios.
     
  14. ms.irene

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    It is not "common knowledge" or even true that first-year teachers "get a pass." Many first-year teachers are non-renewed. If he was renewed, it means his administrators believe in him and see a great teacher in him, even if he has room for improvement, as we all do.
     
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    Hope it's great! I start year 5 tomorrow!
     
  16. Pi-R-Squared

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    As far as I am concerned, my meeting with the P last year after my disastrous decision to send the wrong kid to the office on purpose turned the corner for me. He told me to stop worrying about my job. Ever since then, my management has improved to the point where I am no longer afraid to pull the trigger. If the kids misbehave, they get written up. Continue to do so and they will have parents contacted. If it further escalates, straight to the office. That's it!

    Consider today. I read up on doing first day of school activities. Tell facts about each other..... Play icebreaker games...... Me? I stood at the door, had my assigned seating chart, told them to sit where I assigned, and they worked on a pre-assessment. That's right! Math test on the first day of school. Starting to train them to get in class, sit down, and start work. Tomorrow, they will get fraction problems as bell ringers. On my pre-assessments, most of them missed adding and subtracting fractions. So that's what we're gonna do.

    Hopefully the foundation of get to work right away will last.
     
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    Way to go!! It sounds like you got off to a great start. It's amazing how much knowing your admin has confidence in you helps you have confidence in yourself. I love the idea of doing a "test" on the first day and I agree that it sets the right tone!

    I am super nervous for my first day at my new school but hearing all the great ideas and success stories on here really helps!
     
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    Great job, it will be a great year and those kids already know you take math seriously :thumb:
     
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    I hope you have a great year.
     
  20. Pi-R-Squared

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    If it is, then it is. I'm not afraid.
     
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    What a great way to start the school year! I also plan to give an assessment on day one because I need the data to get my lessons going. They have had all summer to play games and socialize. Congratulations!
     
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    I found out most are good with adding decimals. But adding and subtracting fractions? BAD! :eek:

    Now I know that I need to review multiplication tables so they can figure out common denominators. Some things need to be known mentally so these facts have to be drilled and killed before I can even begin 6th grade math!
     
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    Nothing at all wrong with that! I have also taught math in the past,and I think that anything we can do to "demystify" the subject is a great idea--part of which is practice, practice, practice and keep it interesting and fun rather than punitive. And working isn't punitive, at all.

    Best of luck and enjoy. :)
     
  24. gr3teacher

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    Adding and subtracting fractions is always an excruciatingly difficult concept for elementary students because there are so many steps involved, and typically it is a skill taught before students are developmentally ready to handle it.
     
  25. Go Blue!

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    LOL ... all the OP wanted was to be wished Good Luck.:lol:

    OP, Good Luck! 6th grade is a great grade for working on classroom management.
     
  26. czacza

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    Milsey, you have a lot of experience with 'adios', but it's not common knowledge or practice to give first year teachers a pass on mgt.
     
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    Good luck and enjoy!
     

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