This year I'm teaching 2 class periods of geography. These are actually requirements, but we give students electives credit. Either way, I wasn't supposed to teach them, so after I finish this year I have to chose something else. My credential is English, and my P offered me to get certified in Social Studies, it's not the CSET I would take, it's a class they would pay for, and it would authorize me to teach social studies in alternative school settings. It would be worth it for the geography portion, but I wouldn't want to get stuck teaching history later. I dislike history as a subject, I'm not good at it, and it would be a disservice to students if I taught it (history, geography would be fine). So we were brainstorming, and we came up with one option, but I want to brainstorm more before I commit. It can be anything, I can create my own course as well. option 1. Current events. Students: it would be very beneficial for them, because most students don't know what's happening around the world, or even in this country. One student told me she though the Boston and Texas bombings were done by North Koreans. Curriculum: we would watch the news (either CBS national news, or the CNN student news), discuss, I would chose 2-3 topics, we would research it in depth, discuss, write about it, etc. If students miss classes, make up work or even extra credit can be easily arranged. This could be interesting for the students, could go in a lot of directions, I can tailor things to their interest level as well. Me: Obviously I want to consider how much work would be involved, why make it harder for myself if I don't have to? Grading would be easy, planning wouldn't be hard, although I couldn't plan ahead. I would have to watch the news every night (online) and pick topics, print them, or look for additional videos, etc. Maybe I could chose 1-2 main topics and use those during the week, then I'd just have to watch the news at night or in the morning. 1 thing concerns me: if I have problems with my internet one day the main component is lost. I can have back up options, but I feel like it's a waste of time and paper to prepare for plan B every day and it might happen 1 / month. Option 2: credit recovery I haven't discussed this with my P, I just thought of this yesterday. Students:This would be highly beneficial to students, because most of them are behind on credit. Curriculum: I'd have to look at their transcript and figure out what they need. I'd have to get books in the appropriate subjects (wouldn't be a problem), students would be working independently during the entire period. They would turn their work in. Behaviorally it could go either way. They could be awesome, working at their own pace, but I could also have problems such as students trying to sleep or talk, etc. Could become boring for them after a while, there is no way to make it more interesting. Me: Not a lot of planning involved, but the grading would definitely make up for it. I would have to be able to help students in math, science, in every subject. I guess this can be helped if I have the teacher edition books. I can't quite decide. I think I like option 1 more, but haven't decided. Does any one have any other ideas? Also I can teach 1 elective for 1 quarter, and then the other or something else next quarter, or I can keep it the same.