What's your teaching schedule like?

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  1. luvit

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    It's always exciting to start a new year with a new schedule and new faces. I'll start...

    1st Hour: Acc. Algebra 2/Trig. (Grade 10)
    2nd Hour: Biology 3: Anat. & Phys. (Grade 12)
    3rd Hour: Acc. Algebra 2/Trig. (Grade 10)
    4th Hour: Prep
    5th Hour: World Geography (Grade 11)
    6th Hour: French I (Grade 9)


    It's going to be a busy year for me! ...4 preps in 4 different subject areas...in a large capacity public high school. I will survive!

    Please, everyone share your schedules!

    **Let us know what you do or don't like about it.

    **Did you have much control over your schedule this year?

    **What would be your "ideal" schedule if you could custom build it?


    Thanks and have a great year ahead! :)
     
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  3. StudentTeach

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    Wow, how is it that you teach so many subjects?! My mind would be all over the place; kudos! Right now I teacher 3 sections of 11th grade American Writers and 2 sections of a reading class. In the spring I will have four preps. So far my schedule has really been working for me this year and my day goes by pretty fast.
     
  4. dgpiaffeteach

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    We have an odd/even block schedule.

    Odd Day:
    Block 1-8th grade Language Arts
    Block 2-Study Hall
    1/2 hour lunch
    1/2 hour homeroom
    Block 3-Senior Honors Brit Lit
    Block 4-English 10 College Prep

    Even Day:
    Block 1-Prep
    Block 2-Speech
    1/2 hour lunch
    1/2 hour homeroom
    Block 3-English 10 Honors
    Block 4-English 12

    I absolutely love it! The only thing I would change is this year's class of 8th graders is really challenging so I would swap them from the 7th graders who are wonderful :lol: This year's 8th graders have quite the (deserved) reputation! But they are improving!

    I had no say in my schedule. We only have 2 English teachers so we teach the every other years so I have 8th, 10th, and 12th and the other one has 7th, 9th, and 11th. I would like to have American Lit, which is 11th but I won't give up my seniors. I adore my seniors!
     
  5. luvit

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    It sure does look like an "all over the place" kind of schedule, doesn't it? :lol: I chose 3 of my classes and was assigned the other 2 by default, due to my teaching quals/endorsements.

    Glad to hear your days are flying by and that your schedule is working for you. :thumb:
     
  6. luvit

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    It's so nice to hear that you absolutely love it! It looks like a nice array of classes.

    I never taught in blocks. Do you enjoy the block system?

    Best of luck with those 8th graders! (I know what you mean...we were pre-warned about our incoming seniors already having "senioritis"). :p No worries, I guess you'll be back to teaching American Lit next year.

    What a great experience it must be to teach both middle and senior levels. I really like that rotating yearly schedule. You really get the full spectrum.
     
  7. dgpiaffeteach

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    luvit, I actually always teach 8th, 10th, and 12th so I get some interesting psychology things going on and can really see different levels coming into play! Like I already can't wait to see my 8th graders again in two years!

    I adore the block schedule! I feel way less stressed since I only see half my kids each day. It just seems much easier to keep track of. In a way it's also less planning too. I spend more time on discussion and analysis than I did before.
     
  8. luvit

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    Oh, I see. So you stick with 8th, 10th and 12. OK. Got it.

    So true. You can really see the transition your students go through from 8th through 12th. Nice system. (I'm sure your 8th graders can't wait to be back with you...you seem very upbeat and positive).

    I've never really heard people complain about the block schedule. It does seem beneficial to both students and teachers. (Hopefully I'll get a chance one day...)

    Thanks dgpiaffeteach!
     
  9. Aliceacc

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    I'm kind of all over the place.

    I'm on call for homeroom, since I'm NHS moderator and meetings are during homeroom.

    1st period I'm either on call or teaching SAT math prep.

    2nd: Geometry honors

    3rd: Geometry (regular track)

    4th lunch

    5th Geometry (regular track)

    6th: either SAT prep, on call, or an 8th grade study hall

    7th: Geometry Honors

    8th: prep period

    9th: either SAT prep, on call, or an 8th grade study hall.

    I have a total of 6 SAT classes, and 2 different groups of study hall, (I see each twice per 6 day cycle).
     
  10. kcjo13

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    I'm not really secondary, but I have to say, I absolutely LOVE my schedule this year!

    1st-sixth math
    2nd-sixth writing
    3rd-eighth math
    4th-seventh math
    5th-sixth study hall/lunch
    6th-sixth science/social studies
    7th-sixth a.r. reading
    8th-prep

    I adore having my prep last. I get so much done!
     
  11. ku_alum

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    Sep 7, 2011

    FALL
    Period 1 - English Comp I for college credit (Seniors)
    Period 2 - English III (Juniors)
    Period 3 - English III (Juniors)
    Period 4 - English IV (Seniors)
    Period 5 - Plan
    Period 6 - English Comp I for college credit (Seniors)
    Period 7 - English III
    Period 8 - General Psychology for college credit (Seniors)

    SPRING
    Periods 1 and 6 become Gen. Lit for college credit
    Period 8 becomes Developmental Psych for college credit

    GREAT schedule
    EVEN BETTER students! :)
    Loving this year!
     
  12. dgpiaffeteach

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    The 8th graders are giving me a run for my money! It was *that* class and I was *that* teacher that said "I'll ignore all those silly reputations and form my own opinions." Form my own opinions I did and gosh darn it if they weren't the same ones that I didn't bother to listen to :lol: I've since learned which teachers are being honest when they tell you about problems and which ones just like to complain about a class!
     
  13. bandnerdtx

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    Block 1: English I (terms A and B combined)
    Block 2: English III
    Reading (45 minutes)
    Block 3: English III

    I love my classes this year! I have a total of 32 kids in all 4 classes. :)
     
  14. chemteach55

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    1st Hour--Physics
    2nd Hour--Biology I
    3rd Hour--AP Biology
    4th Hour--Biology I
    5th Hour--off
    6th Hour--Chemistry I
    7th Hour--Chemistry I
     
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    1st hour ~ APUSH
    2nd hour ~ AP Euro
    3rd hour ~ AP Euro
    4th hour ~ World History
    5th hour ~ Prep
    6th hour ~ World History
    7th hour ~ APUSH

    I am really enjoying my schedule this year. I like 5th hour prep, 3 preps is PERFECT, and I have taught all these forever :)
     
  16. outsidethelines

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    I alternate days between 7th and 8th grade.

    Homeroom
    Block 1: 7th or 8th science
    Block 2: 7th or 8th science
    Lunch/Planning Period
    Block 3: 7th or 8th science
    Advanced Studies (basically study hall where kids can do homework, makeup work, read, or get extra help)

    I love my schedule! The history teacher and I decided to alternate 7th and 8th since we are the only two who teach both grades. So instead of 45 minutes with 6 classes a day, I have 90 minutes with 3. I like that I can focus on one set of standards a day instead of 2. Plus, we have time to do great lab activities now!
     
  17. Ron6103

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    1st - World Geography
    2nd - Ancient History
    3rd - Modern History
    4th - Ancient History
    5th - Modern History
    6th - AP Euro
    7th - Prep

    I've taught all these classes before, so I don't really mind. But 4 different preps is a bit hectic.
     
  18. KateL

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    I teach 6 periods of biology. It's nice having only one prep, but I do sometimes get tired of saying the same things over and over again all day. We do a modified block schedule, with 3 days a week of 50-minute classes and 2 days with 90-minute classes (even class periods one day and odd the next). I like the long class periods for labs, but with the even/odd split I end up teaching 4 90-minute class periods back to back once a week with no prep period. That makes for a long day!
     
  19. Ima Teacher

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    I really like my schedule this year.

    First Period: 7th Grade Language Arts (90 minutes)

    Second Period: 7th Grade Language Arts (90 minutes)

    Third Period: Planning/Lunch/Small-Group RtI (20/60/30 mins)

    Fourth Period: 7th Grade Language Arts (90 minutes)

    Fifth Period: 7th Grade Reading (20 minutes)

    Then my day is DONE!
     
  20. MLB711

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    We're on odd/even day but block 1 meets every day for 55 minutes. The others are 1:35. It's really the weirdest schedule ever and makes it annoying as far as my conception of my class goes.

    Block 1 - World Studies 2

    Block 2 - Hall Duty (basically I sit in the hall and make sure kids aren't doing anything dumb)
    Block 4 - US/VA History
    Block 6 - US/VA History

    Block 3 - US/VA History collab
    Block 5 - WS 2
    Block 7 - Planning
     
  21. MissCeliaB

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    Mine recently changed, so I'll post it now:

    1: Film Studies
    2: Plan
    3: Film Studies
    4: Film Studies
    5: English I
    6: Plan
    7: Film Studies
    8: Film Studies

    I love it because my English class is first thing in the morning, and I only have one of them, so I don't have to worry about if they get ahead or behind. I can just go at the pace we need to go for them to learn what they need to know.
     
  22. myangel52

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    1: 7th grade math
    2: Environmental Science (elective class, no set curriculum or learning standards, also in charge of recycling for the school)
    3, 4, 5, and 6: 6th grade science

    I have taught math before, but never science.
    All teachers have planning before school.
     
  23. HistTchr

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    I really like my schedule this year, too. We have a 7 period day, with 45 minute periods.

    Period 1 - Team Meeting (we team our freshmen like they do in middle school)

    Period 2 - AP Euro (Grade 12)

    Advisory (Grade 12) (This is only for 6 minutes a day)

    Period 3 - Modern World History (Grade 9)

    Period 4 - Honors Modern World History (Grade 9)

    Period 5 - Modern World History (Grade 9)

    Lunch

    Period 6 - Modern World History (Grade 9 co-taught with special education teacher)

    Period 7 - Prep Period

    I love 7th period prep. I also like how I only have one class after lunch, and that it is my co-taught class. Teaching a class with someone else is a nice way to end my day.
     
  24. 4capulina

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    1) World History
    2) World History
    3) AP Euro
    4) World History
    5) Prep
    6) World History

    & i get out at Noon on fridays! Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!

    Though i must add that i work at a private school & its has its advantages and disadvantages..... I wont mention any of the disadvantages because i wanna be thankful for having a job in this economy.
     
  25. Shanoo

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    My schedule depends on the day.

    We're on an 8 day cycle.

    I teach Grade 7, 8 and 9 math every day.

    4 days a week, I teach Grade 8 Health.

    Every second day, I teach Grade 11 Phys Ed.

    There are some days, where I only teach my math kids, and get 2 preps. Other days, I teach all of them, and get no preps.
     
  26. sonflawah

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    1st -- 7th science
    2nd -- prep
    3rd -- 7th science
    lunch
    4th -- 7th science
    5th -- team prep
    6th -- 7th science

    I don't have 2 classes back-to-back during the day and teach the same subject/grade level, even though I'm qualified to teach 3 different subjects. I absolutely LOVE my schedule.
     
  27. Good Doobie

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    I have had 5 different preps like several others before me. I have taught 5 different math and science courses. I confess that I do not feel I am as qualified to teach 5 courses. I don't know how the teachers years ago were able to do it, but they did. I feel that I do better when I have fewer preps and I like my job better. But I probably don't really belong in teaching.
     

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