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5th Grade Math Lesson Plans

Leon Said:

I am currently on my summer break as a teacher and up in tears b/c I don't want to go back... Help?

We Answered:

My former principal (who was outstanding by the way) used to say, "You need to work smarter, not harder". In your case, I think this also applies. You don't need to spend hours grading papers. When I assign homework, for example, I initial it, and let them keep it in their binders. I'm not constantly lugging work home with me- only tests and quizzes and the occasional essay. Homework is practice for the "real deal." Spend only one major weekend a month preparing ahead for the entire month or couple of months...And when you're on the train, DON'T focus on school. Read a great book, relax, take a nap, do something YOU enjoy. You have to have a life. Spend time with your husband when you can. Hang out with friends, or just do nothing when you get home. Quality time can be very restorative. God bless...

Vincent Said:

Graduate sooner or later?

We Answered:

i think you should get the job, get some experience and then go back and finish it. it might take longer, but getting experience is just as important as having the educational qualifications.

Adam Said:

Can this possibly work?

We Answered:

Long question. I'll try to make it a short answer...

I think there are at least 3 factors at work here:
1) Your desire to have a smooth flow of classwork with your "full time" students
2) The specialist's need to off-load the gifted student for two days a week
3) The gifted kid's perception of inclusion - or exclusion.

I think the appropriate answer will be the one that best meets these three factors. I suggest that you have the most at risk here (which I guess is another factor). If you succeed, you will probably improve the experience for all your students, gain some credibility in the eyes of your peers, and maybe learn something about teaching from the gifted kid (GK). If you fail, well you know...

So let's assume the specialist won't get any better at making assignments as time goes on. That means if you take a crack at it, and develop some complementary accelerated assignments and run them past the specialist, odds are you'll get approval. That's good news, because the plans will be easier for you to accept (they're yours), but the specialist can still claim they were done only with her approval (saved face).

By knowing what the accelerated plans are, you can figure out how to fold them into your "regular" students learning progression, and minimize the impact on your time in class - as well as theirs.

As an example, I would challenge the GK to develop a leadership role -- or at least some kind of facilitator role -- in the group work games by giving the GK an assignment to learn about the group work ahead of time. Or if it's a group math thing, challenge the GK similarly. On the days when the GK isn't in class, or otherwise occupied, challenge the rest of the class to step into GK's shoes for the day.

As you gain success with this, be sure to include yourself in any progress reports. Respect the title of the specialist, but make sure your peers -- and anyone supervising the specialist -- are aware of your role. Who knows -- if you are successful, you might get the chance to step into the specialist role -- if that's a career path you might like.

I hope that helps. And I hope these links help, too...

Douglas Said:

Should I drop down to College Prep? (Math) I need advice big time, please help?

We Answered:

Cut your losses and drop down to CP math. You don't need APs in every subject, and since your career choices don't involve higher math, you don't need the AP math track.

Bard College (and other colleges_ won't care that you're in CP math. They'd rather see a higher grade. An A in CP math would be much better than a C or D in accelerated math. You're not going to do better with this teacher. You haven't improved under the tutor. You're worried about the final, and you'd need an A on it just to bring your final grade up to a C. Get out and get the A in CP math.

Focus on studying for your other finals. You need top grades in as many subjects as possible for Bard. "All As and 2 Bs" are, what, 3 As and 2 Bs and a D? Not so good.

And learn to organize your thoughts and use paragraphs. Get into that habit NOW if you really want to be a journalist for a living.

Tyrone Said:

I am currently on my summer break as a teacher and up in tears b/c I don't want to go back... Help?

We Answered:

I sympathize an awful lot (I am a teacher as well). Your only hope for the coming year is that it should be less work because you've been through it once already. My advice is to look in CT for a new job, even if it pays a little less. However, as a teacher, here are some steps you might take to help reduce time.

Don't grade homework. Check it for completion only.

Correct tests on the commute, if that's possible.

Keep your old lesson plans, and use them from year to year. After awhile, it'll be so second nature you won't need to plan anymore.

If possible, do not bring home schoolwork ever. Get done what you can at school and leave it there.

Take care.

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