This is my 22nd year teaching. Just as a test of my memory, I’m going to try to list every class I have ever taught, or am teaching now. The italics indicate the subjects which I am most confident I can teach well, whether I am teaching them currently, or not. Classes in my 2016-2017 teaching assignment are shown in bold. As for improving the others: I’ll work more on them . . . when the current school year is over. 2016-2017 is a rare year, in a good way: the classes in bold are now a subset of the classes in italics.
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Algebra III
- Algebra Lab
- A.P. Physics
- Area I Mathematics at Arkansas Governor’s School — a course focusing on polyhedra
- Bridge to Algebra II, which I can’t help thinking of as “Algebra 1.5”
- Chemistry I (no, I have no idea why that particular school called it that; I never found “Chemistry II” there)
- Environmental Science
- Formal Geometry
- Geometry Lab
- Informal Geometry
- Physical Science
- Pre-AP Physical Science
- Religion, 9th grade (at a private, religious school)
- Religion, 12th grade (at a private, religious school)
- Study Skills (while student teaching)
- Summer School Transition Camp (for incoming high school students)
- University Studies (my only foray into teaching at the college level; basically, an “Intro to College” course, for entering freshmen)
- U.S. History Since 1890
- World History (while student teaching)
- World History Since 1450
X. In-school Suspension (ISS), also known as SAC, which stands for the horribly-misleading euphemism, “Student Assistance Center.” I used an “X” instead of a number because, as a student or a teacher, SAC is not a class, nor a subject. It is, rather, a non-class which one endures until the merciful ringing of the bell at the end of the school day.
XX. “Saturday School,” which is like ISS/SAC, but even worse, for all concerned. (I really needed the extra money at that time.)
To anyone now working on becoming a teacher: you become much more employable if you become certified in multiple certification areas, as I have. This is a two-edged sword, though, for it definitely increases the number of subjects you may be asked to teach in any given year, and that’s also the reason my list above is so long.
One other thing I definitely remember is my first year’s salary, to the cent: $16,074.00, before any deductions. You can make a living in this field, in this country . . . after you’ve been in the classroom for a few years . . . but no one should expect making it, financially, to be easy, especially for the first 5-7 years.