Hello!

I am hoping to get some feedback from anyone with experience specifically teaching Math in Alaska.

I received my yellow card and my temporary two year certificate for Alaska. I am HQ certified for Math 5-9.

1. Does anyone have first hand experience teaching Middle School Math in Alaska? While being certified 5-9, are you able to teach 9th grade Algebra to 8th graders as an advanced class? I ask because this is what I do now, but one of the principals I reached out to for a middle school position was not sure if I am able to teach Algebra to 8th graders without being certified in HS math; so any personal experience clarification would be appreciated!

2. I reached out for a position in what I considered to be a "larger" city for Alaska. The position was advertised as "middle school math" so I inquired for the specifics of the classes to be taught. The principal replied back and told me it would be: 6th, 7th, 8th, Algebra, Geometry and possibly shared with the local HS. Is this common? I am definitely not a lazy person, and teaching is my passion, but 5 different preps just seems a little intense, especially five completely different preps. Again, not trying to complain, just wondering if this is common so I won't be as surprised when I continue my search for a position.

3. Do most schools guarantee a teacher at least one planning period? Is it common for a teacher to give up a planning for extra pay of teaching another class? It is pretty common where I currently work, so I am wondering if it works the same in Alaska. Also, do any/most schools work on a block schedule, or are most traditional 7-8 periods a day?

Whew, that is a lot. Thank you in advance! Counting the days until the job fair in March