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Support for a first-year teacher (math)

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From: Donna Salter <d_salter@bellsouth.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Oct 05, 2001 at 11:52:02
Subject: Support for a first year teacher (math)

I am barely keeping my head above water as a first-year teacher in a fairly 
tough school environment. Colleagues are wonderful; I am blessed in that. My 
main problem is simply that I feel overwhelmed with students who have pretty 
much taken control, and, of course, all the paperwork, grading, etc. I am not 
an organized person. Plus, I like math, but I'm not passionate about it. I've 
started some terrific-looking books, like "Marvels of Math," in hopes of 
having some exciting stories/ideas to motivate the kids. I need to implement
a reward (nontangible) system, but somehow, I've not gotten around to it! 
Any suggestions? Thank you.

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