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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 | 12 Comments

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Nordin Zuber on  18 January 11  at  08:07 AM #
Thanks so much for this posting - and very timely! Also gives me a little confidence knowing I've dealt with many of these topics in my planning - and been warned severely about not 'over-volunteering' in my first year - I got a bit carried away on my internship 😊 A few very practical questions: * So do you have one Marbig clear plastic envelopes per lesson for the two week period? ie: so around 40 folders? * Would it be feasible to ask something in return from students who need to use your pen bags? I was thinking they pay it back by helping with some simple class chore later in the term. * Do you have a huge stash of pre-printed lesson plans at home? Or just electronic copies? I got the impression you put printed copies in your Marbig plastic envelopes. * Curious how detailed your lesson plans are now - do you try to keep to one page? Mind putting a sample lesson plan on the blog to see? Thanks again for this!


Simon Job on  19 January 11  at  12:13 AM #
To answer: * Yes, 40 folders. One for each lesson in the fortnight. The distribution across classes at my school is uneven, i.e. Yr 8 has more lessons in a fortnight than Yr 7. These envelopes are for worksheets etc. * Maybe. At times it would be unpractical. Currently pen bags are as good as it gets. * My lesson plans are electronic. But, printed copies and associated resources (e.g. worksheets) are kept in ring binders for each course/year. These bigger ring binders live at home, and I take a topic at a time (or whatever I plan ahead) into school for the smaller ring binders I take with me to class. Below is a lesson plan and associated resources for a Yr 7 lesson reviewing subtraction. "Lesson Plan": "Worksheet": and "Answers": "Game": On my computer I have a Lesson Plans folder: [img][/img] And a resources/worksheets folder: [img][/img]


Simon Job on  19 January 11  at  12:20 AM #
Oh, and Mr _Over_ Organised gives each lesson plan a code. In the example above it's *7_number-operations_02_subtraction* Here is how I create them in Excel: [url=][/url]
Nordin Zuber on  19 January 11  at  12:32 AM #
Wow - thanks again. I really don't think you can be over organised - school is just too chaotic. And especially overwhelming when you are new!
Malyn on  19 January 11  at  11:19 AM #
Mr Over Organised scares me. Seriously, this is a fantastic post to help new teachers. Not that you've missed these but these are handy tips: - Be kind to yourself. - Be true to yourself. Find your own voice and style - and that may mean experimenting a little. - Ask questions. - Build a PLN - use Twitter. - Blog - reflect and learn. Blog excerpts can also be used as evidence in NSWIT accreditation cheers, Malyn


Simon Job on  19 January 11  at  12:44 PM #
Thanks for your additions Malyn.
Karen on  21 January 11  at  12:46 AM #
Although not a new teacher, I will be teaching a year 7 bottom class for both English (usual subject) and Maths (no experience, except as an accountant for 25 yrs). I have been told not to expect to be able to cover everything due to their low ability, however being inexperienced in Maths teaching I am wondering how to determine what content is essential. Any suggestions gratefully accepted.


Simon Job on  21 January 11  at  11:19 AM #
Karen, In Year 7 schools will cover different things, whilst the aim is to complete Stage 4 by the end of Yr 8, how you get there is up to your school. So, some schools would cover Stg 3 again in Yr 7, others will only touch Stage 4. Do you have access to a Yr 7 program? If you could share the topics for the year, I could make some suggestions where I'd be getting up to? With a low ability Year 7 class, your friend is going to be maths games and lots of hands on activities. Maths Games: * "20 Best Math Games and Puzzles": * "MathSphere": I've emailed you, feel free to discuss further.
Belinda on  06 January 15  at  02:46 AM #
As a new NSW teacher (Science) last year I was given the additional roll of Year advisor and told it went with job. It nearly killed me but I did it and survived. You're right about the nativity of new teachers. Got another year's work out of it though (mostly bottom classes). Teaching Maths (not qualified) and Science to same low ability Year 7 class. I've been given a Maths program but no idea how to deliver it. Thanks for the puzzles/games links and your digital organisation strategy looks great, wish I saw it last year.


Simon Job on  06 January 15  at  03:05 AM #
It is little wonder that there is a high attrition rate. That sort of thing should just not happen. There are lots of teaching ideas on this blog, also from the navigation at the top, check out links for lots of online resources, faculty for some ready-made resources and starters for, well, starters.
Deb Hogg on  06 January 15  at  07:34 AM #
Oh man! Year advisor as a brand new teacher? Sheesh! That is wrong on so many levels! I don't mean to imply disrespect for what new teachers bring to the job, but the Year Advisor role requires deep knowledge of how schools are administered e.g. how reports are written within policy, how subjects are timetabled within curriculum frameworks etc etc. To be completely frank, if I was a parent in the school then I'd be expecting an explanation for why a brand new teacher was expected to fill this role... what are the more experienced staff doing around the place? Unbelievable! Best wishes for 2015! Game on! Cheers, Deb @debhoggoz
Gayle on  06 January 15  at  10:14 AM #
Simon, thanks for the great blog. I love how organised you are. This is my goal for 2015, New school- new habits, Gayle

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