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So what does everyone teach? And for how long? And of course, what's your classroom library look like? :)
3elaineybob Primeira Mensagem
I want to teach something in the 2-3 grade range next year, hopefully!!! :)
I'd love to teach 3rd or 4th grade. :)
I may have to go back to full-time teaching next year in State schools and will miss the freedom I have at the moment to teach what I like and how I like. All the books I use are my own, which has been a fantastic excuse to buy my own favourite picture books.
7onebadscrivener Primeira Mensagem
We just finished a unit on Shakespeare's Tempest (ugh, that was a beast) and are beginning Animal Farm this week. Wish me luck!
I am now teaching 9-12 grade literature for a private on-line school, so no library except what I suggest on-line!
I resigned from my teaching duties last week. It's a huge relief and I'm now free to go and get my long-promised-to-myself MA in literature. Seventeen years of teaching other people about literature and now I'm going to be taught by someone else! How bizarre! My pencil case will be considerably lighter, I won't need thirty copies of every single text going and my photocopying bill will be miniscule. I will not miss the Sunday night panics about lesson plans, the horrible deadlines of (groan) coursework, marking, reports, end-of-year pantomimes, etc. etc. The only homework will be my own! Oh, and I'll be able to drink in the week and stay up late and all sorts of teen things that are ACE.
*slightly delirious at the freedom of it all...
I'll be a first-year teacher teaching 2nd grade in a public school down in Virginia. I'm very, very excited!
I went to the memorial of a beloved high school English teacher last Saturday. When I came home, I called up two teachers, now in their late sixites or seventies and invited them out to lunch. I don't want to ever regret that I didn't take the time to honor them.
I am an older college student - I have three children and 3 grandchildren :-)
I am student teaching in a 4th gr city classroom Sept - Dec 2007 then I graduate in Dec 2007.
I am very excited and looking forward to it.
My library consists of about 12-14 18 gal plastic tubs of my children's outgrown books, yard sale finds, etc. I'm hoping to use librarything to organize and catalogue my books this summer, so they will be usable for classes in the fall.
Have a greta day :-)
15danarjones Primeira Mensagem
I teach first grade in a rural town in Colorado. I came from teaching full-day Kindergarten in a private school in Los Angeles for seven years, so the small town is a welcome change.
I'm very excited for the school year to begin! I'm organizing my classroom library now and think I'm going to go with browsing boxes by subject.
Have a great day.
17TeacherDad Primeira Mensagem
I too am going back to school after a number of years teaching throughout Ontario, Canada, and now Hong Kong. Doing a part-time masters in the thing I love--literatures in English!
I teach high school students English as a first language and also ESL/EFL. I like my work, mostly. I've also taught English to adults which I really enjoyed.
My classroom library--what would it have? Let's see--learner dictionaries, popular fiction and more eclectic titles in contemporary fiction, a smattering of classics that would appeal to my students, illustrated versions the same, some plays that would appeal to the kids, a few good children's books, reference books related to language and learning and life. Oh yeah, and graphic novels... and I'd probably stock some manga, too.
I recently moved back to MD and am teaching 11th grade Omnibus for Granite Classical Tutorials and love it. Most of my library is still packed up but I rummaged through quite a few boxes and got some of the classics, Reformation and theology books.
20chocolatelover Primeira Mensagem
I taught K for a year and a half (the other half of the year was subbing), and have taught 4th for a year. I also did a home school thing with K-12, but didn't like it. In my area of CA it's hard to maintain a job, so I'm bouncing all over the place. I'd like to end up in 3rd or 4th.
I have enough books in the 4th grade range to have a classroom library (I suppose it could also be used in 3rd or 5th with more books added), but they're all boxed up right now. Many, many boxes in my garage! Luckily I can share books with my partner teacher for Kinder, so my class set there is significantly smaller.
(and yep, I'm still just as addicted to students and teaching now as I was when I started...)
*and it's an art class, how tough could it be...?
I am a retired teacher. I taught Middle School (ages 11-14, grades 6,7,8) for about 14 out of the 30 years I worked for the Seattle School District. I retired in 2001 and did some substitute teaching until I began to collect Soc. Sec.
Substituting can be the best and the worst. It is very nice to not have to bring the work home, but oh, boy, the students do love to torment a sub. A huge sense of humor plus an ability to switch personalities on a dime are good qualities to have. Good luck, TeacherDad.
My library of school oriented books is pretty well gone. I gave a great many really nice books to the library of the school where I last taught. Then I gave huge quantities of paperbacks to a few teachers who are friends. I keep a small handful around for the students who I now tutor.
Washington St. has one of those high stakes testing programs that freaks out the high school kids and their parents. So I try to help.
Enough out of me. Great group.
This is my second year as a teacher in fourth grade, after teaching first grade for four years. My classroom library is around 500ish books, including all the lower level readers I used in first grade. LibraryThing was the best thing that could have happened to me for my class library! It has made things so much easier to sort and then find later!
I love hearing about what everyone else does!
I have been teaching this age group for more than 12 years and have found that just sitting down with a book will grab their attention.
Does anyone else here teach this young age as a career? So important to get them hooked on books this early!
I'm a second grade teacher in Virginia... and I love it... HOWEVER, I am very thrilled and very much looking forward to June 13th at 1:00pm. :) I can imagine other teachers are as well (on their respective last days, of course)!
I organized my books according to AR level. I probably had 2-3 hundred books in my classroom at all levels. Most of those were books from my personal library.
Reading is the most important thing a child can learn. Without reading nothing else is possible.
It's a beautiful sight.
I have students who try to sneak reading in while I'm lecturing -- it does my heart good to have to say, Put that book down!
This is my first year teaching a split so it's a bit of a challenge. Lots of wonderful times but also lots of behaviour issues. Every day someone hurts someone else: pushes, pinches, hits. I am working so hard to stop that part of our collective experience. But so far, I can only recall one hurt-free day.
Lamplight - keep your chin up! I use a philosophy called the Nurtured Heart Approach to encourage positivity with my students and myself (http://difficultchild.com/). Kids take so much energy, but what a joy to be working with K/Grade 1! I student taught in kindergarten, and my aim will always be to get back there.
Listen up: Teaching is a hugely difficult, challenging job! No one who has never been in a classroom has any way of knowing what it is like. It is very important that you take care of yourselves with all the basics that you already know: eat well, sleep enough, and get some exercise. I know it is hard to squeeze these into a busy schedule! But do it, it will make the job somewhat easier.
Reading: I loved, loved, loved those days when all the kids had a book of choice in their hands and were actually reading and the classroom was quiet and peaceful. Do whatever you can to create that kind of atmosphere.
I now am trying to find ways to support the teachers near where I live, and take care of some toddlers. I like to read YA lit so I think I'll be passing along what I read. Any other ideas?
When studying the opening of the west and the railroads: Coolies by Yin
When studying the early 1800's in Europe: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
When studying the Great Depression: Children of the Dustbowl The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp
At Christmas and for fund raisers we are asked to fill out cards with our choice of gifts on them and I always ask for books!
Anyway, I'm so happy to be here! Thanks!!
I have almost 1500 children's books ranging from picture books to chapter books. I have been collecting books since I was a little kid.
I have a mix of nonfiction and fiction books and some magazines.
I just added another "Sorry but no" letter to my collection, but every teacher gets a job gives me hope!