I teach in 2 different high schools in 5 different classrooms. Only one classroom is “mine” in that my class is the only class that uses it.
I’m trying to focus on the *positive* aspects of being in 2 different schools, but I end up focusing on the *negative* aspects, such as:
-I have a hard time keeping track of all my students…some constantly forget to turn in their projects, some should be coming to Tutorial (time before school to make up work) and the principal suggested that I call the parents to tell them that their child needs to attend, and if I eventually get that student to come, I have to call the parent DURING Tutorial to confirm if their child indeed showed up. (Uh…what about the parents that leave early in the morning for work?) I could be doing this for 10 students, but I do not want to waste my Tutorial period calling parents.
-I have to keep all of my copies/lesson plans/project examples portable and in folders.
-3 of my classes have different clean-up procedures, since the layout of the rooms are different AND I’m following the procedure the “regular” teacher uses in their room.
-All 5 classes have different classroom management issues, whether it is chattyness, students being out of their seats, cellphones, etc.
-I have a hard time keeping track of whose cell phone I’ve taken away for the day (for each infraction, the consequence gets worse).
-At school, I have no break between my 5th and 6th period…so I have to always pack up about 5 minutes before the bell so I’m ready to move to the next room. Which means the last 5 minutes of class is usually wasted.
-My lunches are always cut short by 5-10 minutes so I can set up in the next room.
Now, the *positive* aspects:
-I get to work with and meet a variety of staff at both schools. I’ve attended staff meetings and professional developments at both schools, and there are differences in how administration runs them.
-I get to work with a variety of students in both schools (one school is…a little more affluent than the other).
-I’m teaching the same lessons at both schools.
-At one school, the administration is buying the supplies for me (since I was hired literally 1 week before school began).
-At another school, the “regular” teacher is handling all the ceramic firing for me.
-I have a classroom ALL to myself during my prep period.
-I get to learn about various lesson plans and see how other teachers set up their classrooms.
-I teach a variety of subject matter…2D and 3D art.
-If something doesn’t work at one school on one day, I can alter it for the next day.