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pizzalover
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Default  Posted: 7:05 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am just curious - how many of you are teachers? I teach 3rd grade in an urban district. I already started going into my room to get it ready (I know, it's only July) and had a training today on our new reading program. I have a math training the next two weeks (voluntary), so you could say I am starting to get back in the swing of things!


Trying to rebuild each day

Me - WW 39
Him - BH 40 (mpb1974)
2 Furrbabies - sweet cats

Met - 8/13/99
Started dating - 9/11/99
Moved in together - 3/03
Engaged - 6/5/09
Married - 8/21/10
D-Day - 1/24/13
Affair started 5/09


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Forged1
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Default  Posted: 7:20 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Both of my parents were teachers, as is my brother. I have too many relatives to mention who are teachers. It's a very tough job and I knew I'd never be able for it so I joined the Army instead.

And that's the truth. No way I could do that job.


Me: BH - 30s
Her: WW - 30s

Married - 2008
PA with boss for at least 5 months in 2013, possibly longer.
DDay - Feb 2014
Separated, heading to D
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At this stage, I'm pretty much bulletproof.


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authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 7:27 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I used to teach. I taught for the NYC public school system for 8 years. Then I taught at a private preschool for 12 years. I don't teach anymore, though. Life took me in a different direction .


Take up your space (and do it well).

"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."


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travels
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Default  Posted: 7:27 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I teach 3rd grade in a rural district. In years past, I would have been in my room already. I would have been there all this week with the cool temperatures. My building does not have AC. However, our principal cautioned us not to come until a week or two before our report time in August. Our school year ended late and we start back a bit early. Plus, our custodians have all taken long vacations. So, they will need every bit of time possible to clean & paint.

I'm sure the heat and humidity will be back in full force when I am allowed back in the building.


When one door closes, another door opens. It's the journey through the hallway that sucks.

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hurtbs
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Default  Posted: 8:26 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've been in education for 14 years. While I've taken the administrative track (and I train teachers) I still have two classes! I've always been high school or college.


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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 9:26 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Retired after 37 years. I taught grades 6, 3, 1, 2 did a stint in college, taught gifted and talented, remedial 1-8, and finished my career as an elementary librarian. I always thought the annual pack-everything-up-in-June-and-unpack-it-all-in-August was the best argument going for year round schooling!

Have a great year! Third graders are terrific.


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Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

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musiclovingmom
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Default  Posted: 9:56 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I miss teaching. I am a SAHM right now, but taught music before. K-6 general music for a while and also junior high choir. I loved my job. All my teacher friends are talking about their classrooms and bulletin boards and trainings and and and. But I'm just here wishing. I did, however, accept a leadership position with my MOPS group, so hopefully that will help fill my planning and leadership void. Hope you have a fabulous school year.

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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 9:56 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I teach emotionally/behaviorally disabled (EBD) students - I have been teaching for 15 years grades K-8... (not all in the same time )

For the last six years I've taught 6th - 8th grade English...

This year for the first time I'll be teaching HS... 9th and 11th grade English...

I'm actually going to move classrooms tomorrow from the middle school side of campus to the high school side.

(our school only services EBD students, we have grades 6th thru 12th grade.


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DS - 13
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
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pizzalover
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Default  Posted: 9:58 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yippee! So many teachers!


Trying to rebuild each day

Me - WW 39
Him - BH 40 (mpb1974)
2 Furrbabies - sweet cats

Met - 8/13/99
Started dating - 9/11/99
Moved in together - 3/03
Engaged - 6/5/09
Married - 8/21/10
D-Day - 1/24/13
Affair started 5/09


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h0peless
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Default  Posted: 10:03 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm an administrator now, but I used to be a teacher. Seriously thinking about leaving the profession, though.

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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 10:05 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Why Hopeless?

ETA: If its for the reasons I think and you don't want to say them here, you could PM me

[This message edited by jrc1963 at 10:05 PM, July 30th (Wednesday)]


Me: BSO - 46
Him: FWSO - 69
DS - 13
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
Your life is an Occasion. Rise to it. - Mr. Magorium, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

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h0peless
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Default  Posted: 10:10 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I hope it isn't too political to say that companies like Pearson have way too much say in education policy. I love teaching and I love helping kids learn but I'm sick to death of people who have absolutely no concept of what that means having so much power over what happens in the classroom.

I also underestimated how much living paycheck to paycheck in my 30s would suck when I chose a major.

[This message edited by h0peless at 10:13 PM, July 30th (Wednesday)]


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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 10:11 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I thought it might have been something along those lines.


Me: BSO - 46
Him: FWSO - 69
DS - 13
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
Your life is an Occasion. Rise to it. - Mr. Magorium, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

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pizzalover
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Default  Posted: 10:28 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love teaching and I love helping kids learn but I'm sick to death of people who have absolutely no concept of what that means having so much power over what happens in the classroom.

Our district just spent a TON of money on a new reading program that is common core aligned (don't get me started on the Common Core standards!) hence my training today. I'm sure it's good, but is it really worth the amount they charge. It's Journeys, BTW


Trying to rebuild each day

Me - WW 39
Him - BH 40 (mpb1974)
2 Furrbabies - sweet cats

Met - 8/13/99
Started dating - 9/11/99
Moved in together - 3/03
Engaged - 6/5/09
Married - 8/21/10
D-Day - 1/24/13
Affair started 5/09


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tryingagain74
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Default  Posted: 10:33 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm a HS English teacher. I've been very lucky in that I work in a district that has, so far, always trusted its teachers and let us be creative in our classrooms. However (t/j):

I hope it isn't too political to say that companies like Pearson have way too much say in education policy. I love teaching and I love helping kids learn but I'm sick to death of people who have absolutely no concept of what that means having so much power over what happens in the classroom.

I completely agree with this. I'm afraid to see what my job is going to turn into in the next few years. Since money talks, I'm afraid that we will be forced to teach more and more canned lessons (created by and purchased from Pearson) in preparation for canned testing (also created by and purchased from Pearson), and any spark that I once generated in the classroom will be snuffed out. I can see classrooms becoming giant computer labs with paid "guides" who walk up and down rows, monitoring the kids' progress.

I love what I do (well, I do hate correcting papers, but I love the actual teaching part), but I have to admit that I sometimes wonder what else I might do with my life if what I think is going to happen in education comes to pass.


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It matters not how strait the gate,/How charged with punishments the scroll./I am the master of my fate:/I am the captain of my soul.--"Invictus," William Ernest Henley

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Thriving
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Default  Posted: 10:46 PM, July 30th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Not a licensed teacher but I'm a Technology Ed. Assistant. I've been back for a week trying to set up a computer lab. In addition to taking care of all of the technology in the building, I also teach 15 classes (IOW, all of the students) in a K-5 urban school.

h0peless, I agree with you about Pearson. They're providing all of our standardized tests this year. We're now testing from the beginning of March right up to the end of school in late May. That 1/3 of the year! Absolutely ridiculous!!

jrc, so you're kids would be the same as our Affective Needs kids? The toughest bunch to crack but my absolute favorite classes! Love those kids to pieces. Thankfully, none of them have tried to throw a PC at me.


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travels
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Default  Posted: 6:43 AM, July 31st (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm glad you had the courage to say it hopeless. We are constantly reminded not to have an "opinion" on certain things. Just put on a smiling face and stay positive.

It's hard to stay positive when there are so many negative feelings/new stories/generalizations toward teachers.

I often say I am tired of someone who doesn't know what I do everyday telling me how to do my job. They do this because they sat in a classroom when they were a kid. I wouldn't tell a waitress how to do his/her job because I was one many years ago. I wouldn't tell a bus driver how to do their job just because I sat on a bus a long time ago.

Sorry for the slight vent, but I can't do it in "real life."

I love being with the kids and the teaching part of my job. The constant feeling of not doing enough or doing it right is wearing on me now.


When one door closes, another door opens. It's the journey through the hallway that sucks.

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Bobbi_sue
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Default  Posted: 7:06 AM, July 31st (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am certified in Elementary and secondary math. I have taught gifted (elementary) and I have taught high school math and computer science.

I left teaching K-12 at the end of 2003 to pursue teaching at the college level. I teach teachers who are working on their Master's Degree so I'm still very involved in K-12 education.


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pizzalover
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Default  Posted: 7:27 AM, July 31st (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Tryingagain
I love what I do (well, I do hate correcting papers, but I love the actual teaching part), but I have to admit that I sometimes wonder what else I might do with my life if what I think is going to happen in education comes to pass.

I LOVE the teaching part and being with the kids, but there are too many bullshit hurdles that I have to jump over everyday from administration (no offense to the administrators out there). My principal is great and she is only the messenger - central administration makes too many poor decisions and our school board is awful (crap, is that against the political ban to say school board? Sorry). Too many people that don't teach make decisions for me and my kids that don't make sense. Many are out of touch. Sorry if I've offended anyone.

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I often say I am tired of someone who doesn't know what I do everyday telling me how to do my job. They do this because they sat in a classroom when they were a kid. I wouldn't tell a waitress how to do his/her job because I was one many years ago. I wouldn't tell a bus driver how to do their job just because I sat on a bus a long time ago.

I agree with this 100%. People who are not teachers really don't get what we do. My friends that tell me my job is easy ("You get summers off") I tell them to come in one day to see what I do. I've already have had parent volunteers say to me that they don't know how I do it everyday!
My building does not have AC.

Me neither and it sucks! Seriously on hot days I come home dripping in sweat. I don't get how my kids can learn in that environment.

[This message edited by pizzalover at 7:30 AM, July 31st (Thursday)]


Trying to rebuild each day

Me - WW 39
Him - BH 40 (mpb1974)
2 Furrbabies - sweet cats

Met - 8/13/99
Started dating - 9/11/99
Moved in together - 3/03
Engaged - 6/5/09
Married - 8/21/10
D-Day - 1/24/13
Affair started 5/09


Posts: 487 | Registered: Feb 2013 | From: Pennsylvania
pizzalover
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Default  Posted: 7:31 AM, July 31st (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Do any of your schools (if they are public) have their students wear uniforms? We started with them last year and they are working great!


Trying to rebuild each day

Me - WW 39
Him - BH 40 (mpb1974)
2 Furrbabies - sweet cats

Met - 8/13/99
Started dating - 9/11/99
Moved in together - 3/03
Engaged - 6/5/09
Married - 8/21/10
D-Day - 1/24/13
Affair started 5/09


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