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t-minus ten days

morelos

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so.. where to begin.

this is an actual case of life screwing me around in a way i didn't expect. i need to try to make the story complete so you'll understand, but i don't want to ramble, so forgive me; i'm doing my best.

here in california, we have educational standards for each class which is being taught. at the district which recently hired me, they have adopted a special state program (forced to by law because of poor test scores) called SAIT (scholastic assistance and intervention training, i think).

the SAIT program involves the entire math department from my school collaborating to assemble a 9th-grade algebra I class along with a supplementary course they call "math explorations." the idea is that an algebra teacher would have three sections af algebra I, PRECEDED by two sections of math explorations, in which the weakest algebra students get an additional hour's reinforcement.

the nice thing about this is it's very prescribed and very collaborative. not only do we all teach the same topics the same day, but we share lesson plans, tests, and materials. it's a way of distributing the teaching job more evenly between teachers, which gives people new to this particular district (me) and this particular school's reputedly TERRIBLE students (something i haven't had to deal with as a teacher yet) a great deal of comfort through the ability to tap into the experiences of others as needed.

i was hired to help build this new algebra I curriculum and then to follow through by teaching it. i've spent the entire past week both finishing up the summer quarter in grad school AND collaborating on the algebra I curriculum.

then, the twist: the math department chair pulls me aside during our collaboration meeting and says, "there's been a schedule change which impacts you. you will be teaching nothing but geometry and algebra 2."

so what does that mean? more freedom, more responsibility, more chance to fail, less help from the department in this new and apparently hostile environment.

here's the best part: there are ten days before i begin instruction, and since i was hired for algebra I, they gave me the text and all the materials before we started building the curriculum.

i still haven't even met my textbooks. i have NO FUCKING CLUE what i'll actually be teaching in a week. i spent all last week building the lessons from days 1 to 65 for algebra I teachers to teach. i could have spent that time familiarizing myself with my own courses and prepping for that.

now i will have two days (friday and saturday of next week) to prepare four weeks worth of lessons for two COMPLETELY different classes taught out of two books i still haven't even seen.

word the fuck up.

or, word to them for fucking me up.

~ dan ~
 

Icarus

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morelos

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nosubstance - no, california does not use the same text throughout.

there are about twenty-five different approved texts. i haven't met mine yet.

but thanks for the standards; i had already printed them out from www.cde.ca.gov but good looking out anyway.

~ dan ~
 

Icarus

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I thought I heard somewhere that California uses the same textbooks... which I should know, since I live here.

Well then, color me wrong... Sorry I couldn't help you.
 

morelos

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no, man; your words of encouragement help.

i have two binders prepared now. one contains the standards for geometry P and the other for alg II / trig P, along with aug-jul dividers and 1-15 dividers (for sections). i also have sheet protectors for my overhead transparencies. i learned recently that the color needs to be WAY WAY lighter on my transparencies to show up as if they were even IN color... i gave a presentation for a grad class and while it still created "*gasp*s" in the audience, the color wasn't well enough defined. oh well, though, right?

over the next week (with any luck, i'll get my texts on monday), i will be able to start working on the lesson planning. less worried, but still i feel the 'less time' as well.

i'll keep you guys posted on how it's coming, if i get a moment to breathe. it's going to be crazy!

:p

~ dan ~

ps - thanks to everyone here for always talking and listening with me. i owe you guys, and i feel a tremendous sense of community, regardless of our differences in opinion and our differences in geography.
 

DanGeo23

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I wish you good luck... I'm sure there is someone in the district that could provide you with help... to get started at least... I always felt that teachers got a bad rap cause people don't realize the amount of time and effort they have to put towards their work...


BTW... stick to the math department.... I hope you don't sub the Gvt teacher ;P
 

morelos

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i'm a mathematician. the only other things i could qualify to teach, given my background, are band classes and computer classes. the school that contracted me out for the year doesn't have those programs because it's poor as dirt and scored so poorly on tests last year that the state intervened as described above.

~ dan ~
 

skylinec

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I thought it sucked to be a student..............but my hopes and prayers go out to all teachers right now......................good luck man :thumbsup:
 

morelos

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i'll keep you guys posted; you know that =-]

w00t. three days to go, and i have zero lesson plans ready.

MUAHAHAH. i'll let you guys know how it's going, and if you guys have any suggestions whatsoever for geometry or algebra 2 classes, please let me know.

what did YOUR geometry or alg2 teachers say/do that sucked?

~ dan ~
 

betrayed

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umm everything.. that bitch made the first mistake of giving me summer homework.. which I still haven't done and should probably get to..
 

MaxPower

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Wow, I feel useless, as I have no Idea what I could possibly say that might help.
In school we all think everything just comes naturally to the teacher. "It must; they're the teacher". But what we don't realize is the enormous amount of preparation that goes into each school year.
Making matters worse is when you work out a given curriculum and they switch gears on you. Throw you to the wolves, as it were. Another thing makes me wonder is; how in the world do you work out exactly how much you need to teach, or up to what point in the curriculum, per week?
 

gehtfuct

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morelos said:
i'm a mathematician. the only other things i could qualify to teach, given my background, are band classes and computer classes. the school that contracted me out for the year doesn't have those programs because it's poor as dirt and scored so poorly on tests last year that the state intervened as described above.

~ dan ~
Chaotician....chaotician..

Relax Mo....Just start with the ABC's,flash cards and be sure to stress why they should stay inside the lines when coloring.
When they've mastered that,then you can move on to 2+2=wtf % Y.