Who is teaching summer school this year?

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  1. catnfiddle

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    Since my school has a summer session which makes us year-round (although those weeks are more relaxed), I wanted to see what other people are doing. Also wanted to see if those who are teaching have any special projects or curriculum that they normally cannot do over the school year, or if they are truncating the traditional lessons.
     
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    Ia am only teaching the second half of summer school (around July 16-August 8) so it's not so bad. It's all 7th graders looking to advance so they can take geometry as 8th graders so it will be taught at an honors level, rather than a remedial level, which is nice. There's also 2 of us in the classroom at a time for only 15 students so all the planning and grading can be done by one of us while the other teaches. It's a wonderful set-up that I wish we had year-round.
     
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    We don't offer sumner school.

    Many years ago I was a sub for summer school. I was called once.

    I wouldn't do it anymore. I love my down time in the summer too much.
     
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    I’m teaching summer school the whole month of june. Normal school year ends tomorrow. Summer school starts the next Monday. Its incoming first grade through incoming fourth grade which is a broad range. Its enrichment though so we do a lot of art and science.
     
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    I am! It’s four days a week through June. I will have three sections of fifth grade math—60 minutes of scripted intervention lessons and 30 minutes of board game playing for each session. The money is too good to pass up!
     
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    Summer school for Grades 6, 7, and 8 runs for the first three weeks of July--starting right after school is finished. I taught several years ago, but probably won't do it again. It paid very well, and the positions are highly competitive, but I felt it difficult to be enthused without having had time to "recover" from the school year. I'd be more likely to look into it if it started mid-July and I could have a couple of weeks of down time.
     
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    Currently doing a 3rd-4th grade STEM camp that was supposed to be a kit called "Missing Money Mystery" but our supplies never showed up. So instead we're winging it! We did one crime scene from a different backup kit, had a field trip, and a room escape kit we bought online. This goes until next Friday, then at the end of July I'm teaching a 10 day kindergarten jumpstart with a few other teachers.
     
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    Unless you are watching SPED students or students with behavioral problems, why do you need two teachers in the classroom for 15 students?

    interesting that taking Geometry in the 8th grade is considered advanced. That is the norm at my private school.
     
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    Four of us wanted to teach the course, and they had funding for two of us to do the first half and two to do the second half so why not? Two is better than one. It also gives us the ability to split the class in half as needed to do smaller group instruction. This is helpful sometimes when some of them really get the topic, but others do not.

    Also, I really think kids are taking advanced courses too early. I think most students should be taking algebra 1 9 th instead of 8 th. The rush to calculus has got to stop.
     
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    This is the common practice in many parts of the world, except in the US. It only seems to be “too hard” in this country, for some reason.
     
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    Other parts of the world don't educate 100% of the population though (same for your private school that selects who to admit). When there is selectivity in terms of the student population, you get these trends. There are also some of those countries that do geometry before algebra so that can be misleading.

    In my district, I would say about 1/3 of our students take geometry in 8th grade, another 1/2 take it 9th grade, and then 1/6 take it in 10th grade. I think it's crazy if you have many kids taking geometry in 7th grade, and would ask WHY. Students are too often pushed into a track of math that is too fast for them, and then they really struggle. I would rather a student graduate high school knowing algebra 2 really well then knowing calculus loosely. Not every student should need to take calculus, or even precalculus in high school, but the parents see other people's kids doing it so they follow suit.
     
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    The only time I taught summer school was right after internship and before my 1st full-time position.

    For a couple years, I spent summer either vegging out with the wife and kids or looking for work and stressing everyone out. ;)

    This year, I'm in a 2-week computer programming in the math class summer program. The concepts are good. The stipend is $100 a day. Not bad for 10 days of learning.
     
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    When there are too few students pursuing STEM even though employers are begging people to apply, that says that more students need to be pursuing higher-level maths. When I graduated from one of the best math programs in the country, there were only about 30 of us all together and there were 400+ psychology majors. Guess what, not everyone can be a psychologist, but we still have everyone under the sun practically flocking to that major...

    The same can be said for teachers getting their licenses in elementary education all the time. There is a large disparity between teachers graduating with Single Subject credentials for high school courses and elementary school graduates. That’s why there are so few job openings for elementary teaching positions because the market is way over saturated.

    It’s funny how people say that not everyone needs to take math when barely anyone does compared to the other disciplines.

    Really now?
     
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    Isn’t that less than what a substitute teacher makes?
     
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    I like being in demand. I would also say that rushing students to take advanced levels of math above their current ability level is only increasing the likelihood that they will grow frustrated with math and not pursue it further. It won't just magically create more engineers to force students to take math classes that are too challenging for them. If they are comfortable and confident with what they are learning, they are more likely to stick with it. I think graduating college with a solid foundation in algebra/precalculus skills, and waiting to take calculus until college is the right decision for some students.
     
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    I also like being in demand, but there needs to be more equity across the disciplines if this country is to stay a global power. The continued health of our nation is at stake.

    With that said, I believe that ALL public high schools should have math and science specialists/interventionists on staff that offer additional help for struggling students outside of class and mandate after-school tutoring for students who academically underperform. Said staff members should be required to have advanced degrees, vast knowledge of their subject areas, and be able to break concepts down into lay terms like I do for all my students.

    Personally, I care very deeply about all of my students and want them to flourish, so I feel a moral imperative to do something about it. I routinely tutor students from my private school and from public schools all around where I live and have produced positive student outcomes time and time again without fail. I’ve helped average students become the top students in their classes (in public schools) who never thought they could do it because I show them how easy math and science actually are.

    To demonstrate, this past year I’ve been tutoring three siblings (two are in high school and one is in middle school) and they are all now top students in their respective grade levels. This is miraculous due to the fact that they were all average or below average students before my sessions began. Surprisingly, I’ve done so well with them that their parents have hired me on through the remainder of their middle school and high school careers — that’s 5 years of work — and have shockingly sold their house to move closer to me. I didn’t even know how well they had improved until the middle schooler was selected as the top performing middle school student in her county and was given an award for “most improved” by her school principal because she managed dramatic increases on her state standardized tests (she scored in the 99th percentile on all sections when she score so-so before).

    In conclusion, I’m totally biased when it comes to maths and the sciences and try to steer most students under my tutelage to STEM careers and I’ve had great success at doing so. More educators should do the same and go above and beyond to ensure the continued success of our great nation.

    Finally, I will end my long rant with this: Young minds have higher plasticity and are more malleable in their toddler and adolescent years. That is why they should take foreign language classes much earlier, learn to play a musical instrument at a young age, and certainly take more “advanced” math and science courses starting in elementary school. My school recognizes this, which is why even average students play multiple instruments, have taken up to a third year of foreign language (Spanish, French, or Chinese) by the time they start the 9th grade, and have been exposed to drafting, robotics, technological design, and rudimentary biology, chemistry, AND physics before they enter high school. It’s much easier for them to pick things up when they are younger, which is why we start them off younger.
     
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    So....does that mean you're not teaching summer school?
     
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    I’m still teaching summer school — it’s only 3-4 days a week for 5-6 hours a day. I tutor in the middle of the afternoon. I am happy because I’ll make a lot of money! :D
     
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    I usually do, but I decided to take this summer off.
     
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    In my state and location, sub pay is lower than $100 per day. $60-70 is about average. Some districts handle subs directly and others go through agencies. I dunno which one pays less but I figure the outsourced sub policy pays less, I guess?
     
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    I'm going to be teaching ESY again this year, for students with low-functioning autism. I'm also writing a new curriculum guide for 5th grade advanced math.
     
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    I'd also wager that it isn't the SAME geometry and there's more hand-holding than in upper grades. We have a private school that teaches chemistry in 9th grade instead of the traditional track of 11th. I've seen their assignments and pacing. They spend a full year opposed to a single semester and there is no rigor or enrichment. Lots of practice and they do get the basics very well. But the harder parts are glossed over and it is accepted that they just won't do as well on that material.
     
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    You need strong math skills to be successful in those physical sciences like chemistry and physics. And you kinda need to know trig for physics and log for chemistry. And that's upper level stuff!
     
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    My 8th graders and the seldom 7th grader learn the exact same material that is taught in typical high school geometry courses (e.g. inductive and deductive reasoning, geometric constructions, coordinate proofs, area and volume problems, proving triangle congruence, points of concurrency, special right triangles, circle problems involving arc lengths, chords, and subtended arcs; etc., etc.) and much more, except I teach it at the honors level.

    Basically, my class sizes are 20-25 students, on average, and geometry classes are usually comprised of 1-2 7th graders, 10-12 8th graders, and 9-11 9th graders (the latter of which are either behind in math and need to catch up or came from public schools) for myself and the other two geometry teachers. The common spread is that most freshman take Algebra 2/Trigonometry, sophomores take Precalculus and AP Stats, juniors take AP Calculus AB and multiple AP sciences, and seniors take AP Calculus BC and AP Computer Science A. Ultimately, I hope to have my juniors take AP Calculus BC in place of AP Calculus AB (with the latter being eliminated altogether since those topics are covered in the BC class anyway) and seniors take Multivariable Calculus/Vector Analysis.

    Right now, besides geometry, the rest of my classes are upper level — AP Stats, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.

    Concerning the restructuring of the standard course sequence, I petitioned my principal and was approved to teach Multivariable Calculus/Vector Analysis next year (I got the idea from another poster on here who also happens to teach high school math :D). This is because most students double up on math every year and so they quickly exhaust the current curriculum, thus forcing them to forgo taking a math class after taking my AP Calculus BC class. Personally speaking, I think it’s time I make our program even more rigorous. Our school emphasizes STEM and I’m going to step it up a notch even higher than I already do!

    Before school let out (May 31st — I’m done!!!), I let my AP Calc students know this and cackled maniacally and they all groaned loudly. I can’t wait for next year. :)
     
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    I'm teaching English Language development to Japanese exchange students for a few days in mid July. It's just a few 3 hour sessions, but I'm getting paid $60/hr so it'll be nice to have a little bit of money during paycheck drought.
     
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    Which is my point. These kids are taking chemistry before they're finished with Algebra 1. They gloss over the math parts because they don't have the foundation.
     
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    I have taught summer school in the past. I decided not to this year.
     
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    Students can still explore scientific concepts and principles through experimentation and investigative tasks. For example, 7th-grade students build magnets by constructing a solenoid and using wiring, metals that can be magnetized, and batteries. Before this, they are taught about how a magnetic field induces an electric current and how an electric current induces a magnetic field, and that electricity is just moving electrons. (Before that unit, though, they are introduced to the atom and subatomic particles so they can make sense of the different states of matter and how they interact at the atomic and subatomic levels.) They then compete to see who could make the strongest batteries by holding up different paramagnetic weights (materials that are attracted by a magnetic field). Student also learn about magnets, how they have dipoles, how the Earth is essentially one gigantic magnet and it emits it’s own magnetic field, etc. This is just one of any parts they do.

    They may not necessarily have the mathematics knowledge yet, but they understand how the materials interact in part. I would know this as I help run the Robotics and Science clubs alongside the science teachers. I even had several students notice that as their batteries heated up, their solenoids started to progressively become less magnetic and he deduced that heat decreases magnetism. Some even discovered the negation, which is that as magnets become cooler, their magnetism increases.

    Furthermore, the 6th through 8th graders are required to give detailed scientific demonstrations every year during a schoolwide event and they are each scrutinized by the high school and middle school science teachers — it’s very challenging for them, but they enjoy it and do very well. Students are continually prompted to explain their results and keep detailed records of their observations. They actually get an intuitive sense of the scientific method without it being explained to them because we want the students to figure out what is happening mathematically and scientifically.

    Yes, I do introduce some basic mathematics to explain why the relationships occur for the youngest students, but I mainly focus on graphical and empirical data (generated from a computer output) instead of formulaic problems. That will come later.
     
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    I'm teaching two courses this summer, with three preps. I'll be teaching a U.S History State Exam Preparatory Course, a World History State Exam Preparatory Course and U.S Civic's.

    Unlike most teachers, I don't mind teaching summer courses. I prefer teaching intensive 5 week courses to a whole semester's worth of a course. Call me crazy.
     
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    Hey, you’re a workaholic like me! Nothing wrong with that. And the money’s not too bad, either. ;)
     
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    In my district, administrators who work summer school only get a five day (week long) summer vacation. Although the $$$ is incredibly good, I can’t not have an adequate summer break. We only get a little over 3 weeks as it is.
     
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    What is the number of days that an administrator typically works? I know for us teachers it’s like 183 days. What is the going rate for summer school positions for administrators?

    As an aside, I remember you saying that you love fancy cars at one point. What is the latest car that you have, haha?
     
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    In my district, we work 220 days/year. The stipend for summer school principals is a flat 13k. Again, sounds lovely, but you have 5 days off after summer school ends and go right back to work to start up the new school year. Not worth it to me. I need a few weeks to regain my sanity and recharge my batteries.

    Ever since I was a classroom teacher, I've always driven Mercedes-Benz vehicles. I currently lease a C300 coupe. I will never lease another coupe. I constantly have to chauffeur students to different district-sponsored events (yes, parents sign lots of agreements/waivers prior to students stepping foot in our vehicles) and my coupe just isn't practical. I would like to get a Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 SUV. I can't believe I am even considering purchasing a SUV, but when your bosses at the district office are telling you to find a way to get your kiddos to certain events (I work in an area where most parents don't have vehicles, unfortunately), you come up with a practical plan.
     
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    I love it, haha! And I’m sure your students don’t mind, also, being driven in such sweet rides. Yeah, I wouldn’t lease because it’s way more expensive in the long run.

    When I finally make $100k+, I will buy a Mercedes, but not until then I’m afraid. Right now, I gross 82k and that is only barely above the prices of some of these cars, lol!

    I drive a 2017 Honda Civic, fully upgraded. The good thing is that I only owe $3,550 left on it. I’m so excited to not have a car payment. In a few months, it’ll be paid off. Yay!
     
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    My school is year-round, I've never owned a new car, and I'm honestly looking forward to teaching a summer's lesson on classic MONSTERS.
     
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    Just found out today that I will be teaching 10 days in juvenile hall. This is not summer school, it's subbing for the teacher on vacation, easy work for my regular daily rate. I do this every year, and so far I was able to work about 5-7 days over the summer, never really knew how many days it would be.
    Last year it was only 1 day :( I wasn't happy, they said because I was not available for 3 weeks (I went home to Hungary). Well there were 5 other weeks.
    This year I didn't tell the when I am / not available, even though I'll be going to Hungary again in 2 weeks (for almost 3 weeks), and in addition travel throughout several states. Luckily they gave me 10 days at a time when I plan to be here.
    I'm so happy, this is half of a paycheck, it will cover my airfare and all the costs for my other out of state camping or hunting. :)
     

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