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Just found out my schedule; 6 preps, one I’ve never taught before! School starts in less than two weeks. We are not doing what is best for students.

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You can do it because you have no choice. I doubt anyone understands what they assigned you. Figure out a plan of attack. Which classes do you have prepped? What can you recycle from other years or colleagues? Then start planning, 1 class at a time and 1 unit. Get the easy stuff ready. Then focus on what you need. Do not feel the urge to do wonderful, creative things. You will be in survival mode until you figure this out. Every day it will get easier because you are prepared. Best wishes.

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It sucks that we are so often expected to exist in a state of survival mode. We deserve better.

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I have several as well. And I've had new classes given to me the week before school starts too. Here's what I do: I spend a little time mapping out what I want to cover in that subject by semester, then I break it down my months then weeks. I only do two weeks of lesson plans at a time because some lessons take more time than expected or there may be interruptions for fire drills or pep rallies. By having monthly plans, I can keep towards those goals. Btw, a helpful tip (and admin likes to see it): print out your state standards for each class and post them somewhere in your room. Use a sticky note arrow to point to the ones you are covering that day.

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I once had 8, with 1 planning period! Surprised you are just now figuring out it is not about the students, I have been teaching 22 years this year and figured it out about year 3 when a state department of education supervisor came to my school and said the state was making all diplomas equal throughout the state. I asked why a student could graduate with a state diploma with only 21 credits but our county students had to have 28 to graduate with a diploma from our school system. She ignored me, so I asked 2 more times before my principal looked at me and gave me the shut up look! I did, the principal told me later the 4th year of high school was all about getting more money for the school system by requiring 7 more credits than the state diploma! My innocence was forever shattered! Do your job to the best of your ability with the time you are paid for, and don’t make waves and make friends of administration and teachers, stay out of the office and don’t talk about other teachers or administrators! I even eat by myself in my room so I don’t know everything going on and when asked to do something extra, do it if you can. Make yourself valuable to the administration by them being able to count on you when THEY need you and if you do these things your evaluation scores will always be good and considered a valuable employee. Teach your classes! Pick the one(s) that may effect your end of the year evaluations and bookwork the others with a little lecture some videos that require little effort and time! I also suggest lots of quizzes and long tests that the students grade to kill time!

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I disagree as well. I feel like we have the most important job, because without teachers the future has no foundation. I must always try my best to prepare my kids for the world, otherwise I need to leave teaching (19 year vet). I’m not here to live off the kids, and I’m here FOR the kids. My admin (I’m on principal 7 with a revolving door of VPs) values me because they count on me to do my job. They know they don’t need to check on me. I say “no” to sustain my mental health, so that I can continue to do my job in the classroom. I don’t do anything with my kids that I find to have no value, and they have never been able to say that they are working harder for their success than I am (we all know we’re working differently). I will slightly agree with a few points made. I’ve been burned by admin thinking we were friends, but that came from me blindly believing we had the same educational philosophies. Be friendly with admin and teachers, but choose your close friends wisely. I personally find complainers/ing draining, so unless you really feel the need or you’re with your work friends maybe don’t vent? The big one that I will agree with is having kids grade (themselves and peers) NOT to waste time 🤦‍♀️ but because it will give them immediate feedback, help them understand rubrics, allow them to see others’ work, and help give you time to spend lesson planning. I love to have 2+ kids grade another student’s work so they’re working together to make decisions! I hate that your experience and vision was shattered so early. Our profession is amazing and we work with amazing minds. But it’s imperative that we do everything we can for them if we’re going to continue. They deserve it.

By the end of the year last year, I was teaching 8 different curriculums. In one class, I was supposed to teach 3 curriculums at the same time in the same class. It helped save some courses with lower enrollment, but it was only really good for the bank account.

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Holy crap!

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I have 4 preps, and my sympathy goes out to you. Take care of yourself first this year and... Just ugh. I'm sorry. I hope you can talk with your admin about this somehow.

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I have 4 preps and I though that was a lot. Bless you!

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That was my first year, 26 years ago. Just breath, do your best, the principal is throwing you in the deep end, but you can do it. 26 years later you can look on it and be proud of yourself!

This reply was not necessary and doesn’t follow the guidelines of this group.

Your reply makes no sense… I was being sympathetic. I was unaware that there were nasty trolls on this site, hope you aren’t actually a teacher..

I think that last comment was a little snarky to you, too. Resentment at needing to step up and do more than the bare minimum of our contracts (and not consider just being kind, by serving and contributing to our communities) makes some people focus on the negative. I’m not excited about going back to school in masks either. They’re a real hamper on clear communication (another inconvenience, not life threatening), but they allow us to be present for our students, behind the relative safety of vaccines and masks, for those stubborn Delta variants and the people who can’t (or won’t?) be vaccinated to protect themselves and their families.

This always kind of kills me. I know HS teachers have more grading to do, but they also typically have WAY more plan time than elementary. In my district, the elementary teacher spend over 25 more hours with students every year than MS or HS, and we teach every subject. I’m sorry to sound unsympathetic, but only 5-6 preps sounds amazing to me.

I get one planning period every two days. But high school is extremely different from elementary. You also go into elementary knowing you will teach multiple subjects. That is literally the name of your credential. We are single subject and we have so many additional responsibilities and often years of skills to try to work on with students BEFORE we get to the grade level content we are actually meant to teach. The topics are also often much more complex and abstract, especially in the humanities. It is extremely draining to have to plan these standards based, complex topics AND doing that while also teaching them how to critical think. Like we teach them how to think as an adult is expected to. We also teach them metacognition. It’s not a small task. You can’t just jump into the vague big question. You have to work up to it. So doing that for 8 different classes? No.

You may need to modify your expectations for your first year teaching. Plan your daily outline and schedules. Take cues from student interaction on what and how to do. Be sure to “cover” and practice the main concepts. In your first year with a curriculum, don’t try to get everything in, but DO consult your new colleagues on what you might be able to safely skip/sacrifice or what you need to expend extra energy on to make sure concepts are mastered. Year 2 will be so much better as you build on it, adding pieces that work well for you, and tweaking activities from everywhere that support your lessons. And you’ll be an expert in year 3 (if they don’t change the curriculum again) 🤣

IF we did what was best for our students we would have smaller class sizes, more student accountability, and less standardized testing

Wow, that would violate our contract!

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