How does "commute" play into your job choices?

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  1. rpan

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    The commute is very important to me because I hate driving and wasting time travelling. I live about 1ish miles from school but I pay a lot extra to live in my area that is so close to school. My DH doesn’t mind driving so we moved close to my school while he has a 30 minute commute each way to and from work. I guess it’s personal preference and whether one can afford to hold out for a job that is close to school.
     
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    Same. Especially given the long school day and we work hard, the last thing I want to do is drive 40+ minutes just to get home afterward.
     
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    My commute will be about 25 minutes next year. I agree with a previous poster about wanting some distance. I would not want to run into my students and their families all of the time, so I did not want to get an apartment in the same city that I teach in.
     
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    I completely get where you're coming from on this one. I run into students and their parents all the time in town. It's sometimes good, sometimes not so much. Generally I don't mind and I keep it pretty general greetings and that's it.
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    My town is so small that driving 25 minutes just puts me in the same town where we have to go shopping. Plus, that’s the town where DH works, so even when we go 50 miles to the bigger city, we still see someone we know. We have been 25 years each in our districts, so between the two of us, we can’t get away.

    I can see four houses from my house, and one year three of those houses had kids in my class. They didn’t pay any attention to seeing me in my natural habitat. ;)

    One day last year a house burned on our road, and the road was closed. Someone from central office came to pick me and my DH up at th end of the road. As we were walking to meet him, I stopped at the house of a kid in my class and got him, too. Small towns are just different. I like that.
     
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    In my 1st 3 years, my drive was 24 miles each way. Then, I worked for 1 year driving 64 miles each way. Last year, it was 50. I was re-hired so it'll be another 100-miler round-trip. What saves me so far is that I really like where I am working. Plus, I drive south and then west. Not much blinding sun ahead of me!!
     
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    My commute is about 20-25 minutes depending on traffic one way. The commute time did not influence my choice of schools at all. In my area everywhere is within a 30 minute drive. As it is I don’t teach in my neighborhood so I rarely run into students when I’m out, unless they’ve moved.
     
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    I forgot to mention earlier how I made good use of my commute time. Instead of listening to music, audio books or self-help tapes, every day on my way home I reflected on the challenges that my underachieving students were experiencing and how I might use multimedia lessons to accelerate the learning process. (When I was at my peak, I would spend another 5-6 hours every evening developing the lessons on my laptop.) The next morning on my way to work, I would spend another hour reviewing everything I needed to do that day, beginning with the moment I stepped into the school. I also practiced what I would say: a) to help certain problematic students, b) to a colleague (shared the same room) who was challenged by the third grade curriculum, or c) at IEP meetings. My solitary commute provided a sustained period of time in which I could think creatively to overcome the challenges of my workplace and was probably instrumental in helping me to reach retirement!
     
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    How big are most of your districts? The three closest to me are all around 700 square miles.

    I drive twenty minutes one way but am at the closest school to my home.
     
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    700 square miles!? That sounds crazy to me! My first district was rural and covered about 100 square miles, and I thought that was huge.

    I just googled my current district; apparently it's 6 square miles :). When traffic is the best, my commute is just under 20 minutes and I drive through 3 other districts to get there.
     
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    One of my former districts in the area (the one I happen to currently live within) is 163 square miles. My current district (about 35 min or 28ish miles away) is 2.76 square miles. I drive through a handful of districts to get there.
     
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    I'm in basically the same boat here. The house beside is to the left have twin boys, but of whom will be juniors at my high school this year. Actually I may potentially have one of them this year. The house directly across me, her grandson is a senior at my school. She's a sweet old lady but I have to avoid her some days. She is forever asking me something, complaining about something, fussing about this that our the other. I mean don't get me wrong she's a sweet lady but she gets on my nerves.
     
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    Honestly, this is one of the things I don't miss about teaching--I ran into parents and students everywhere, all the time.
     
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    My county (the district) is 256 square miles. We have five schools: one preschool, one primary, one intermediate, one middle, and one high. Each grade level has between 150 and 200 students.

    If I want to go to a store besides Dollar General, I drive 20 miles to the next county. They are 443 square miles, and they have a Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, and other stores. My DH teaches in that district. They have two high schools, five middle schools, and I’m not sure how many elementary schools.
     
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    My commute is 30-40 minutes, which is a bit further than I prefer. However, I kind of live in the middle of nowhere, so most things are at least 20 minutes away.

    My first job was abotu 5 miles away, and I biked to work on any day that was nice enough! I miss that.
     
  16. Bibliophile

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    Commute matters alright.

    I started off teaching at a private school that was about 5 minutes from my house. the pay was pretty bad but I wasnt credentialed when I started so it worked. It was nice but I did run into those kids every where. I really did get a bit annoyed at not being able to just do the grocery shopping or post office or other chores in peace and I felt like I needed to be dressed to project a certain level of professionalism at all time. Also My son has special needs, he actually attends a special school now, but while we were in the diagnostic process he was really struggling and everyone in town seemed to know it and I couldn't help but feel like I was considered a failure at teaching when I couldn't "even teach my own kid". It was actually Too close for comfort.

    Then I worked at a charter school 1 hour away. No one knew me and I could totally have a drink in a restaurant without running into parents and see a movie without sitting next to students but.....that school was awful. Add to that the 2 hours a day in the car and the expectation that I would work evenings events (events started at 6 or 6;30 and our contract hours ended at 4:30 but I would have to stay because I couldn't get home and back in that amount of time so these events because 12+ hour work days). and occasional weekend events it was too much driving, the wear and tear on my car and the time wasted and the gas expenses made it not worth it ;)

    Now I work in a neighboring district and my school is about 20 minutes away. Its the best of both worlds and not being stuck on campus for 12 hours or more to attend an evening even has made me much more happy to attend and support my school, rather than dreading and resenting it. :)
     

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