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I teach in a high school that doesn’t tell us what we are teaching until a couple of weeks before school starts ( not talking about schedule, I mean the actual classes). We start in three weeks. I would spend an hour or two each day beginning August 1st getting things organized, revising, and adding to my lessons. My teacher friends from other districts seem surprised that we are not informed yet. My previous school told us in May. How many of you don’t know what classes you are teaching yet?

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I know 3 of my 6 hours (probably), the others will hopefully be decided this week. Probably 2 classes I have not taught before, which will be hectic to plan with 2 or 3 weeks notice. Usually we know more by now, but late staffing changes and less predictable enrollment have made it difficult. There are typically last minute tweaks and schedule changes right before school begins. Then 2 weeks of student schedule swaps and fixes after school starts. I know a lot of the veteran teachers don’t worry about it, but I’m still pretty new and it makes me anxious.

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I’m a veteran and often change things up to improve my lessons. So I’m with you… I feel anxious. For me, that knowledge helps me grow as a teacher.

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Our principal has to give us an official letter informing us of our teaching assignment for the next school year no later than June 1st. BUT as long as they give you written email or paper mail notice, they can still move you all summer if they hire new people and need to move your position to another class. Last year I was hired in August and the principal thought I would be a better fit for an existing class and not the class she interviewed me for- so the poor girl who had prepped all summer got moved to a completely different grade level and subject. It was legal per school district rules- because school had not started yet.

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Consider it a blessing. The longer I stay in this profession the more I feel that turning my brain off completely in the summer is preferable to trying to plan before anyone steps into my classroom.

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I think the major issues that the admin faces in my school is the classroom space is limited, there is declining enrollment and there are too many courses running because there are no study halls. So if they consolidate or introduce study halls then teachers will have to be let go. It’s not an ideal position for them to be in. So one of the consequences is that people’s projected schedules could change.

We find out both what we are teaching and what our schedule is at the same time. And it’s usually mid to late July when the counselors load the classes into PowerSchool (our virtual grade book). So that’s frustrating. This year, our department head went in to the office for something, saw the master schedule on a white board, took a picture, and then texted it to everyone. That was two weeks ago. So now it’s much less frustrating.

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@NMM Gyah! Don’t tempt it!

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You all are saints...I would lose my mind. I can't imagine not know what I'm supposed to teach like that. We always know assignments by March/ April for the next year. Granted that could change up until mid Aug with enrollment in some situations, but it's a pretty good thing to count on...especially if you are not the newest person in the building.

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That would be so nice. I definitely understand some change ups with schedules and classes might happen. I want to go back with a great attitude and prepared for my classes. Obviously, COVID could still through a hitch in the works.

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I guess that makes day one movie day!!!!!!

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I agree day one would have to be about class rules and maybe a lesson on basic courtesy. Possibly a get to know each other game. A writing assignment if ELA, a math quiz if in that field? I would make copies of a science article for all to read and then you could discuss if science.

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Hello 👋 I think I know what I'm going to be assigned to this year, but last year four days before school started, I received a new assignment with no end date. I was just told that it was temporary and would be filling in until they hired someone permanently. They never did and I had the opportunity to get to know some great kids! It all works out in the end, so don't worry about it and enjoy the rest of your summer break. 😊🧘‍♂️😊

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I feel better, I guess. Lots of us in the same situation,

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Sadly this doesn’t make me feel better. We just found out Wednesday this week. Our school system is broken and needs fixing!!! We can’t keep adding this much stress to teachers who need to prepare. We can’t keep or get teachers and those who stay get “punished”, not the word I want to use but can’t think of another word on how I feel about it. I’m so sad we are in the same boat.

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Yikes! If I were teaching something totally new, I would definitely want more time to reread texts and develop assessments.

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Nope, it’s far better to have trainings than preparation for classes!

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For me, pre-planning started on 7/22 and the principal sent out our teaching assignments but said it was a draft still subject to change. School starts 07/29 and we don’t know it the teacher assignments are solid yet. I am trying not to stress out but go with the flow. When I asked the principal about this- the reply was “ You are certified math, it should not matter. You can teach any math subject!”

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No definite idea on classes or kids yet. Was told high failure rate last year may change everything. They only started scheduling in July

I once found out in the morning of the first day of classes... then when third hour came in found out it had been changed because a teacher who had been there longer complained and got the class that had been given to me

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I had moved up from teaching junior high school so I knew the kids on the roster for the class I had been told I would be teaching. And I knew the kids filing in and sitting down. And I knew they didn't match. So I asked to see THEIR schedules. Sure enough, my name, that hour, different class. They were actually pretty sympathetic when I told them I got there early to find out what I was teaching and had a whole lot to say about the class I thought I was going to teach, but not a whole lot to tell them about the class they were telling me I was now teaching me. (They already knew me so their wasn't a lot to tell them.about me, my class, etc.)

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No clue what I am doing when we return to school.

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I cannot understand all these replies that indicate no knowledge of subject. Amazing… and I thought our school was the only frustrating location. Wow.

Itinerant teachers in my district didn't know, even what schools we would be at until two weeks before starting. New specialist director let me know two weeks ago I would be in the same two schools. A couple of years ago, when I was moved, I had to spend weeks packing my personal belongings and supplies, then had to clean the nasty room I got at the new school and unpack everything. I felt like I was running behind the whole year. Thank goodness for my wonderful daughters who came with me to scrub that disgusting room.

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Every year!

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Sorry...IMHO it's wrong to not know what you are going to be assigned to teach before the prior school year ends. At minimum, you should know by the first week of July. I agree, your union should be involved.

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No union in Texas- it’s so unfair for teachers here what administrative get away with!!!

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God bless all of you still waiting on your teaching assignments. I found out in April. We have to fill out an intent to return and pick three choices of teaching assignments. I would be in a tizzy not knowing. Best wishes for a blessed school year😊

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I always find out my assignment in April/May. That is when meetings take place for staffing. I work in a big district. I’ve been assigned 6th grade Literature for 27 years. I have change how I teach my curriculum almost every year. Knowing the assignment that far in advance has let me come up with some really interesting and engaging lessons.

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I completely understand we generally don’t know our classes until the week before. I usually know which student but not their schedule. Self contained is the blessing

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We start 8/10. We found out Friday.

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We will get our official assignments this week or next the kids start the following week.

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Same here

I know, thank God; just ask the person in charge of that to find out early what you will be teaching this Fall.

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Giggle, we were told that we would have a tentative (could change) by December last year! Then it was Spring Break, then May, then…. Still don’t know.

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We find out our line in May. I would be absolutely apoplectic if I wasn’t told what I would be teaching before the end of the previous school year.

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Check your union contact with the district of you have one.

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