I know a few of my AZ teacher friends are curious about the differences in the states curriculum and procedures so I am going to try my best to lay it all out for all (3) of you who read this :)
In MCPS (Montgomery County Public Schools) there are no materials with the curriculum. In the curriculum outline it says things like " Week 3-Reading-Story Elements" and we are suppose to find our own books and own materials to teach said Story Elements. In Math it's pretty much the same thing... "Place Value, Expanded Notation..." there aren't even unit tests. We have to make our own.
Right now we are doing the M-class tests which are the same as Running Records but it is all done on a Palm Pilot. Also, if the student is reading higher than a level 5, then they do not have to be DIBELed. And the classroom teacher does the DIBELS on the palm pilot.
Another thing about my district is that there is so much diversity. 180 countries are represented in the schools throughout MCPS.
Here are some things that are different about my school: The principal does not check lesson plans, there is no dress code (as long as it is appropriate), we get 1 day a week as extended planning time (during school hours), all of our specials are the same time, 1 hour of uninterrupted lunch and there are no duties for classroom teachers. The extended planning time is when the specials teacher covers your class for 30 minutes then takes them to their class so you and your team can have a longer planning time during the school day and not after school. I really like this, but the only thing that stinks is that we do not have a special on Friday, which is the day after we all plan together so I have no time to make my copies for the next week except for lunch and after school.
My school is a GT/LD (Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled) and a DHOH (Def and Hard of Hearing) school. I am really learning a lot about DHOH.
One thing that I am not a fan of about my school is that I am in a portable. Dont ask me why they thought it was a good idea to put 2nd grade outside in a portable instead of 4th or 5th grade, but oh well, I'm stuck there.
Well now that I told you a few things about Maryland and MCPS, I would like to tell you about the things I miss about LP and PUSD:
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Well I think this is enough for now. I will try and remember to update you all soon!