Being one of a kind

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  1. Miss J. Pre-K

    Miss J. Pre-K Comrade

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    There's a big chance that if I get a pre-k job in a elementary school next year that I will be the only pre-k teacher in the school.

    So I was curious as to how it feels to be the only one of your kind in a school . . . art teachers, P.E. teachers, only one in your grade or teaching your subject. . . whomever wants to respond. What are some of the perks and some of the challenges?
     
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    I was a resource specialist for a yr & do long-term subbing assignments for RSP & LSP (speech) on a regular basis...in fact, that's all I do, so I'm very used to being the only one of my kind on any given school campus.

    If I don't know something, I know how to reach other types the same teachers at the other schools.

    Now, regarding if it makes me feel special or anything, in a way, it's nice to represent the school in that minute way.
     
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    I was the only 4th grade teacher one time. We had 3 different buildings. Mine was the smallest. It was lonely but I talked to other grade teachers in the building and made it fine. I prefer having people in my grade level but it was doable.
     
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    I was a preK teacher in a HS for a year...it was a 'lab' of sorts for the HS kids who took child development/family living classes. Being in a HS was strange- I was the only one who taught 'little people'- no one really understood my job, its challenges- just said to me all the time "Oh they're so cute, you're job looks so fun"...Yeah, it was fun at times but could also be frustrating and challenging and no one really got that or respected what I did (including my supervisor who was used to HS teachers and students and thought my PreK kids should be quieter...)
     
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    Two years ago I was the only 7th grade math teacher; I had all 5 classes.

    I LOVED it!

    I was able to re-arrange the syllabus as I wanted (after clearing it with my department chair, of course!) My trimester and comprehensive exams reflected exactly the same emphasis as my classes.
     
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    I am the only one in my "grade". I am lumped with Kinder. because my kids will be in first grade with them next year. I do everything but recess on my own. I love it. They have weekly meetings that last forever. Mine don't. I can teach anything I want. I can do it my way. Parents don't have anyone to compare me to.
     
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    I taught in Alaska for 3 years and was the only teacher at my level (roughly 3-4 grade). I was the only 2nd grade teacher in my school last year. This year, I am the only 1&2 grade teacher at my school. With the exception of my student teaching, I've never taught in a school in which I've had same-grade collaboration.

    I don't mind in the least. There are some times when it would be nice to have same-grade collaboration. Sometimes I get that by talking to other teachers in the district. Other times, I discuss things on teacher forums online.

    I, personally, love it. :D
     
  9. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    I'm the only art teacher at our school and it has it's pros and cons. I love it, and the fact that I tend to be a mini celebrity with the kiddos, but at times it can be very lonesome. I'm by myself in my room and I make it a point to seek out other teachers at times to have some form of conversation.

    In the end, I love being our only art teacher...
    I just love my job!
     
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    I am the only 7th grade science teacher at my building. The perks are that I sequence the class in the way I want to, don't have to worry about sharing equipment; and try new things. The challenges are that I have to do all the prep work and clean-up by myself. It is nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and share in the lesson planning. I don't spend a lot of time by myself because the whole 7th grade team does a great deal of teaming.
     
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    I am the only sixth grade teacher. My school's average class size is around 15, one class per grade. We have about 200 grades K-12. I don't mind; it's all I've ever known. I had 3 classes per grade where I student taught-it was ok, but kind of a pain, I thought, because everything had to be scheduled together, etc. Less freedom.
     

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