Hello Barbara, I'm glad that you found an assignment that is long term. Hopefully it will lead to something that is to your liking. Hmmm...starting something in the middle of an academic year or at mid-semester can be a challenge especially if you're starting something now. It would be different if you're starting in Februrary especially if you're working in a high school that is semesterized. Can't speak to grade-school year. Regardless of these factors, I'm going to answer in a generic way and my favourite response is to read Harry K. Wong's "First days (or years) of school". If you're replacing a teaching for whatever reason, I would suggest that you own the class and what I mean by that is that you need to run the class in a way that works to your advantage so I wouldn't buy into students saying "But this is how Mr. so and so does it...." because you're in there for a laugh haul and you are not Mr. so and so. This may mean letting them know your expectation and procedures. Remember, you didn't have the advantage of starting in September or earlier. You may use some of the former teacher's ideas like carrying over from the curriculum but I find it best to be your own person so students relate to you.
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And I should've prefaced this by suggesting to ask your admin or your colleagues for any advise as well. Is there an orientation from the district for new teachers? Is there a mentor or a buddy colleague you can consult with? Is there a coach? You will need all the support so you can meet the students needs while keeping your sanity. By the way I just noticed that there's "laugh haul" in my earlier response and I mean "long haul". You prolly figured that out. I hate these auto-corrects. Ultimately, the decision lies in your professional discretion so happy teacher and enjoy the rest of the year. The first challenge is earning students' respect.
see? it did it again when I meant "happy teaching", LOL.
Michael has some great ideas. I would add one additional thought: Can you go in a couple of days early to observe or even team teach with the current teacher? Doing this may ease the transition. Additionally, it will allow you to get a feel for both the norms of the classroom and the students within it.
turns out that one they ended up not needing me after all. I am registering with more places that place substitue teachers. I am exctied but a nervious.
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