Academic Calendar 16-17 – Free Download

My first year of teaching, my principal provided teachers with one paid planning day per grading period.  It was coordinated with our team, so that we could reflect on the current grading period and plan for the upcoming one.  Little did I know at the time how I spoiled that was!

Since that year, I have never had so much time to plan.  My second year of teaching I didn’t even have a calendar of my lessons each grading period other than my lessons plans that I created only one week ahead of time.  This was clearly not ideal, especially for me.  I am a very organized person, and I love to plan ahead!  Plus, with four different preps, I it’s very important that I plan well to ensure that all of my courses are on track. Continue reading “Academic Calendar 16-17 – Free Download”

Lessons Learned by a First Year Teacher

As goes the cliché, my first year of teaching was rough.  At the time, it was only my campus’ second year of being open, so there were a lot of processes that were not yet put into place.  The district did not have an ESL curriculum, and I was (and still am) the only ESL teacher on campus.  It was the school’s first year to have juniors, so we were starting from scratch teaching American literature.  On top of all of that, I was adjusting to my first full-time job and the stress that it brings.  At times, I didn’t feel like I had the energy to make it through the year.  Nevertheless, I made it through, and I have completed two more since then.  It was hard to imagine at the time, but things really do get easier.  There are still so many challenges, but I now have resources and support to help me face them.  Here is a reflection I wrote at the end of my first year about a few of the lessons I learned that extend far beyond just the classroom: Continue reading “Lessons Learned by a First Year Teacher”

Beginning the Year with Suitcase Introductions

All teachers understand the importance of the first day of school.  It is not only the day when you set the standards and begin to develop the classroom atmosphere, but also when you get to know your students and make your first impression.  The challenge is finding something that is engaging without being cheesy. Continue reading “Beginning the Year with Suitcase Introductions”