Anyone else starting this fall for the first time?

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I'm so new I don't even have a job yet! But I've been told that I'll have one, no problem, by August. :eek: I'm a mixture of anxious, excited, nervous, and terrified! But it'll be soooo nice to finally have my own classroom. My office is FULL of stuff I've been buying and collecting at garage sales and clearance sections. I just wondered if any of you were in the same boat I am. (Where your husband is wondering when the hell you'll be cleaning the office up so he can walk in there again and you tell him "AUGUST 20TH.")
     
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    I just interviewed for a pre-k, kinder, or a third grade position today and found out that I received the pre-k position two and a half hours later! It will be my first year as a teacher and I am definitely feeling all those feelings you listed. It's unbelievable to think I'll have my own classroom to decorate and my own students to teach. My walk-in closet is full of stuff that is awaiting a home in a classroom!
     
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    I am starting third grade this year :) yay
     
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    I'm currently finishing up a three week sub position for a K teacher who had to be out to take care of an ailing family member. I have applied to a couple of the local elementary schools, but I've had such a great time with the substitute position I'm considering doing that for a year so that I can experience several schools in the area.
     
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    I'll be starting for the first time this fall as a 4th grade Bilingual teacher. I have all those feelings too. I've been keeping contact with my team mate & plan on having dinner with her & the other teachers who want to meet me in Jun. Knowing the people I will be working with prior to starting, will helped me feel more at ease.

    Though I've purchase some stuff already, I still have much to obtain --- particularly books. I plan on going to the goodwill this weekend.
     
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    We are paying $100 a month for a storage unit to hold all my boxes-I moved 100 boxes with me from Michigan, and collected too much other stuff in the past year. I'm going to hit those e-mail rings where you can buy and sell teaching stuff hard this summer (try to make some money for new third grade stuff! ;)

    I'm also a hoarder, and that drives my husband crazy. Right now I'm collecting his IBC root beer bottles for Talk Like A Pirate day, so I can stick a treasure map in them for the kids to practice map skills with. So we have boxes of 'trash' everywhere, as well. Thank God we're moving to a two-bedroom this weekend! Our place can't hold any more teaching stuff!!!
     
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    I too will begin teaching this year. I don't know what grade or school, I only know I am guaranteed a job. I am so nervous, and all of the other emotions you mentioned. This is a change in careers for me, as I am almost 40, which makes me even more nervous - am I making the right decision to change careers??? However, I know, in my heart I am making the correct choice. I think it is the fear of the unknown which scares me.
     
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    That sounds so fun!! What a good idea! I am SOO stealing that! :cool: Hey wait. How do they get the maps out of the bottles though?? I was thinking recycled 20 oz. plastic pepsi bottles.

    Hey Mom - I too will be 40 this fall and will be starting a 2nd career. Rock on, sista! *hi-5*
     
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    I'm another 40 yr old career changer... I'll be teaching fourth grade and I can't wait!! :2up:
     
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    I'm a career-changer, too, not 40, though. Close enough that I don't want to rush things (hehehe)!

    Side note: you know what I like about getting older? I'm not self-conscious about things as much anymore. I don't miss the teen/youth feeling of caring about every detail - how I looked, how I sounded, how people thought of me, what I said... Ahhh...

    I have two rocking chairs and an easel. Plus some IKEA storage bins that can be used as benches with books stored inside. I will be visiting my new class next week and finding out what the teacher is leaving behind. Hopefully lots of books!! She is going to be P/T reading specialist so she'll still be around the school.

    Oh, and it's a 2nd/3rd combo.
     
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    I'm startin' this August teaching High School English (Juniors, Seniors, and journalism). No career change, just finally getting a job that isn't retail or waiting tables. Hooray! I too am excited about having a classroom (I'm amazed I'm not sharing!). I just splurged on an awesome punctuation poster. It brought a tear to my eye: my first classroom purchase! Next: to frame my high school diploma!
     
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    Congrats! I would also frame your college deploma or at least a copy and if not framed put it in your office!
     
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    My first classroom purchase was a bunch of books & a funky looking mushroom lamp at a garage sale. :lol: I feel like I am in sort of drug induce state -- hard to believe that I am now taking this path. I got some stuff today at Dollar Tree & Goodwill. I still have to buy bins of 2 diff sizes & lots of them.
     
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    Oh, I framed that sucker as soon as I got it! I just never got around to framing the high school diploma :)
     
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    Wow, rock on career-changing sistas!! It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there. :)
     
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    I'll be starting in the fall and I am a career changer too!! I have a few "collections" of things around the house, too. I need to get it under control. I have had wonderful teachers give me things and I also have some school property at my house. I have a few shelves in the garage I am using but resource books and binders are in the house along with all my bulletin board stuff.
     
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    I hope she leaves you a lot TeacherShelly! That is great that she will still be around the school. I had our reading specialist do demo GR lessons in the classroom while I was LTS. It really helped me.

    I forgot I have a glider (one of those ones new mommies get) and I need to recover the cushions. I need to get on that.:)
     
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    lemonhead - I know what you mean about recovering cushions. There was a classroom at the school I student-taught at that was going to throw out an ottoman that was still functional, albeit quite ugly with some holes in it. I told them I'd take it for my new classroom and they looked at me like I was crazy. I duct-taped over the holes and made a bluejean slip cover for it and even sewed some green ric-rac around it. I don't wanna get calluses pattin' myself on the back or anything, but now it looks like something you'd pay $100 for at Pottery Barn Kids! :haha: This sort of thing can bite you in the butt though. A teacher friend of mine is forever telling me that she wants me to recover and repaint garage sale finds for her! :(
     
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    LOL- you got busted. Mine is in great condition and is one I used for my kids. The cushions are baby blue so they have to go.

    End of hijack:hijack:
     
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    I'm starting this fall as a kindergarten teacher at the school I went to for K-8! I visited this past Tuesday to observe in the classroom, meet the other K teacher, sign my contract, and do all that fun stuff. I can get into my classroom (ahh, it feels so good to say my classroom!!) at the end of June to see what the teacher is leaving for me. I've already bought several books (on ebay...love those giant lots of books!), but I'm trying to hold off on purchasing too much since I'm not sure what I'll have left for me already.

    I also got my class schedule for lunch and specials and I already filled in the rest of it with a tentative class schedule! It was a lot of fun. I am so excited to start in August!!!
     
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    Hey Mom and ZoomZoomZOOM,

    I am 52 and changed careers!

    I will be teaching bilingual third-grade math and science this fall. I started applying for jobs in February and landed this job last week. I am very excited, too. The good thing, I think, about switching careers when you are older is that you have a bit more realistic view of the world by that time :)

    My "collection" has already started, but I am an anti-hoarder by nature -- I tend to pare down rather than collect. So my collection will probably be rotating every year, except for the stuff I find really useful or fun. A trading ring sounds like a great idea!
     
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    Ha, I'm the total opposite, Missy. When I start some new adventure, I totally freak out about it and get as much stuff as I possibly can IMMEDIATELY. My husband is forever teasing me about it.

    In fact, I just (FINALLY) won my first ebay bid for 18 early readers! Only $1.03/ea. Whoo hoo!! :woot:
     
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    Oh, ZoomZoomZOOM, I am with you on the excitement level -- only I tend to rush to get as much information as possible beforehand -- nothing tangible :)

    Congrats on your winning bid. Great price!!!
     
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    SO, is it weird to have one of those "mommy" gliders in the classroom? It's 2nd/3rd grade. Honestly.

    I have a real rocking chair, too, which I will bring in. Plus the whole set of Magic Tree House books. Heh.
     
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    Do you have the like for the IKEA storage bins?
     
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    I do like them. They are not hinged, the lids come off the top. Well, look at it here.

    My own children have not hurt themselves on them yet, so I hope they'll work for kids 2-3 years older than they.
     
  28. Missy99

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    TeacherShelly -- that's from the IKEA Australia site & shows the Australian dollar price -- go to the US site and type "APA" in the search engine. The boxes are "cheaper" there :)

    (Sorry, I can't post links yet.)
     
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    I am starting 5th grade next year and am SO nervous. very overwhelmed. I dont have very much for my classroom. it is probbaly going to start out so bare! I just dont have the $$ to spend on things for it
     
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    Not sure yet if I'll be teaching this fall but I'm a 40 "something" career changer too. (I taught YEARS ago in a small private school). Left to make more money (big mistake!). Now I'm in school again and am hoping that our church school's enrollment keeps increasing. They had several calls for K4/K5 this past weeks, and their ratio is 10:1....so the administrator said to hang on, he may be calling me for a position. :)
     
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    heatherlynn444 -- A lot (most?) of us don't have the $$$ to spend, so we have to be creative. I am going to post a new thread on this topic. I have read other really good low-cost ideas here, but maybe we can get a best-of-the-best ideas list going.
     
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    I just created a new thread in the Elementary Education forum, titled "Best creative budget ideas for the classroom." Great ideas are already coming in!
     
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    I think the bottles are shorter than a piece of paper rolled long ways. I'm going to have the paper sticking out the top.
     
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    Was this to me? I don't think it is weird is it? I mean If I re-cover it to make it look monkey like it should be okay. Right? I won't bring the ottomon b/c I am afraid of little fingers getting pinched.


    Mine is a basic one on the order of this except the cushion isn't so big, and it is blue.

    http://www.babys-mart.co.uk/imagprod/HAU68997-4.jpg

    Now I am questioning it.:confused:
     
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    thanks! sounds great.
     
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    I'm going to be assistant teaching preschool for the first time. I'm also a career changer. I'm currantly a computer programmer for a Market Research company. I'm freaking out because I will be taking a huge pay cut when I start to teach, but I really feel like that is what I'm meant to do. I origionally went to college to major in English/minor in education, but somewhere along the line lost my nerve to teach. I have my BA in English, so eventually I'm going to go back and get certified to teach. I just haven't decided what yet. I'm going to see how it goes. I really enjoy working with little kids.
     
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    Hey - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, girl! :2up: Well for both of us since I haven't gotten a call yet either! :p

    Regarding the glider, heck I think you could use one of those suckers anywhere. They're just comfy chairs, right? ;)

    kdc - Life's too short, man. Get your degree and do what you love! Screw the money! You'll be surprised at how well you will do. I remember when I had to quit my job to start student teaching full-time. My husband and I were really worried living off of one income. Then I got breast cancer and had to put off student teaching and was unemployed even LONGER! It's been a year and a half since we've had that second income and we're making ends meet okay. :)
     
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    I am actually over 40 and starting a new career....I don't have a job yet, but have applied to three different districts and am hoping one will come through. I am just an intern though, so nothing is for sure. I am applying for either high school or middle school math...you'd think I'd have no problem finding something. We'll see...
     
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    I just found out I got the job I wanted. I think I'll be lucky: the teacher who's in my position now is moving back to Colorado, so I'm guessing he'll leave me some stuff, and my co-operating teacher from student teaching is retiring, so she already promised me all her decorations and materials that are hers personally. (they haven't hired her replacement yet, so I get the good stuff). Which is awesome, because she has a laminated map I was going to search for...now I'll get it for free!!!
     
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    Congrats on the job and even more congrats on the big score :)
     
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    I'll be starting as one of 2 science teachers in a 7-12 school. I go tomorrow to get my keys and start going through what the room does and does not have, and then make some orders,although I feel like I don't really know what I'm doing. Just ready for day 1!
     

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