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    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Back To Work I Go!.......

    Well, this is my last weekend of summer vacation. This coming Wednesday, it's back to work for me with staff meetings and such....the "little ones" start classes on Monday the 23rd.........anyone else starting back to work? 42

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    I went back Thursday, and the students come on Tuesday. *sigh* And I taught summer school, so I didn't get much of a break.... :(

    Am I ready for Tuesday? Guess not, lol. I have five sections of freshman English and one section of British Lit, a senior college prep class. Should be a nice break from the freshmen.

    Laura

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    Mine doesn't start till after Labor Day. I will be teaching Discrete Mathematics for prospective High School teachers. This course is always a struggle because there is a continuing argument between the College of Education and the College of Science as to what these courses should entail. The Mathematics Department pushes the idea that a math major is a math major, and then after that you can take your degree and go into teaching, or whatever vocation you wish to pursue.

    The College of Education fells that the content area needs of secondary education majors are different from those of students in the engineering cirriculum, or prospective physicists, or computer science majors.

    The College of Science counters that this is just an excuse for watering down the content.

    So the upshot is, I get a lot of students in my class who want to argue about educational philosophy and pedagogical methods instead of learning mathematics.

    Oh, well.

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    That brings back painful memories of my days as a TA for Molecular Biology (required for all Bio majors and therefore for the pre-meds).

    True story - my friend and I (as the 2 TAs) got to write a question for the exam based on the scientific articles assigned. One week, we both asked our classes the same question, and it was clear no one as usual had read the article. We refused to go over the article any further, explaining that we knew how to read the literature, they had to learn how. When we wrote the question, it was clear, that no one had gone back to read that article except for one student who gushed at us as she left "I knew you would ask these questions, I knew!". You'd think a gift of 10 points out of a 100 point test might have made a little impact on them, but no...

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    Ah Princess.........British Lit, my favorite English class in college, that and the class I took on the works of Jane Austen..........I have twenty second graders to look forward to, 9 girls and 11 boys.......gotta love them........ 42

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    Show, that's cool that you have such a nice class size. Here we have to struggle to get classes down to 33 or 34.

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    My first twenty years or so of teaching, I had classes between 32 and 34 students, in a classroom without air conditioning. The temperature in the valley can and does easily top 100 degrees in May, June, Aug, Sept, and sometimes part of October.........42

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    Quote Originally Posted by show 42
    Well, this is my last weekend of summer vacation. This coming Wednesday, it's back to work for me with staff meetings and such....the "little ones" start classes on Monday the 23rd.........anyone else starting back to work? 42
    I never had any holidays...I have been slugging out books since June for the new and returning students for the Fall semester. Four more weeks to go...Oh my aching back!!
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    Hey Mathman,

    Mathematics for elementary educators was the most rewarding class I took in college!!! I had to take 4 semesters of math for my degree, 2 were of my choice and 2 were required to be based in instruction and best practices for future teachers.

    The most interesting thing we learned was different methods used for +-X and / around the world. We examined the way the egyptians, chinese and brittish students are taught to perform the various functions and it was very interesting to see different variations on the same function. It helped me get a stronger grasp on the relationship of numbers to be able to see a different perspective like that. It was just a small part of the class, but I feel like it really helped me to improve in math overall.

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    AAAAAIIIEEEEEEEEE!!! School started today. Several of my freshmen looked like Show's second graders, and others needed to shave their five o'clock shadows at noon! I've never seen such a huge disparity. Especially when they sit next to each other. (Laura steps aside to adjust seating charts...)

    And in my Brit Lit class, I have four football players who signed up for the class because until two weeks ago, a football coach was teaching it. When I said "No late papers," they whined, "But that's not what Coach said." Well, he isn't teaching the class now is he? Was I mean? I mean, it IS a college prep class, and I've never had a professor take a late paper.

    Laura

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    Whoa Princess, the first day is always the toughest and feels like twenty-four hours long......mine's on Monday...wish me luck!!!! 42

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    In a week I go back to work with the preschoolers. Messy art work, little fits, toys everywhere for me to pick up while they watch. The pay check is what gets me through the hard times and going home to no children.

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    Besides that cruise I took in June, I did absolutely nothing of interest or merit this summer vacationwise. It was work, work, work. I don't really want RG Jr. to go back to school, however. I liked her 10-4 summer camp schedule (better than the 8-2:30 during the school year) and I enjoyed our mornings together, especially on swim team practice days (5:30 a.m.!!!). I like the laid back schedule for the family--no homework, no frantic afternoon rush to lessons, swim practice. I am, however, glad that after 2 years of being PTA President, I've handed off that job to someone else! I enjoyed it--but I'm glad I don't have to do it this year!

    Edited to add: I don't want it to appear as though I needed more vacation time than a 7 day cruise--so let me qualify the above by mentioning that I pretty much worked seven days a week for the rest of the summer! :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard
    Am I ready for Tuesday? Guess not, lol. I have five sections of freshman English and one section of British Lit, a senior college prep class. Should be a nice break from the freshmen.
    Laura
    I got a new teaching job just this past Tuesday! I got a call for the interview, went in, was hired the next day, then started with students the following day (yesterday)! It has been quite a stressful past three days, to say the least. I have taught middle school English for the past six years, but have switched to high school this year. I now teach three sections of freshman English and two junior British Lit. It is a college prep school, so the students expect lots of work. Maybe we can trade lesson plan ideas! I have never begun school so early in all my life (Aug 18th). I am at an all boys school and I am not really looking forward to reading Jane Austin with them!
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    eeeek....yes. i'm enjoying my last weekend of freedom now. We go in for teacher institute meetings on Monday...a work day on Tuesday, then the kiddies come back on Wednesday. <sigh>...it always seems to be during the last week that all of sudden I realize that there's so much junk i didn't do over the summer.

    But that said...I think this year will be fun. Enrollment in the choir program has jumped by about 15 students this year, which is great. And I got a (relative) ton of freshman enrolled...last year, there were about 10 or so freshmen that joined the program...this year there are 25! Not too shabby, considering that the director at my feeder junior high was a witch and made the kids hate it. Recruitment is such a wonderful tool!

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