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From: Brian Schroeder <schroeb@vb.noacsc.org> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2003112110:54:44 Subject: support for a first year teacher in math i am a first year teacher teaching mainly freshman. i teach algebra 1 and pre algebra. I would like some ideas on how to start lessons and fill time. currently i start each day with a journal entry or problem of the day from the ohio graduation test. i then review homework and then lecture on the new topic. i have three problems that i want to address. 1. i have to tell them to get started every day even though i have their journal topic or problem on the overhead everyday. 2. my students lose focus after 15 minutes of lecture and sometimes i feel like i am fighting them for the last 5 or 10 minutes 3. how do you handle immaturity? students will take each other's calculators and make sounds.
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