Going to school and teaching

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  1. nasimi77

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    Hello All:

    I'm currently enrolled at my local university in a couple of classes. I'm working on dual concentration for my art credential and my library media credential. Here's my question: Those of you teaching full time and going back to school: How to you manage your time without going mad?! :dizzy: I'm currently substitute teaching, and thinking how much harder this will be once I do get a full time job down the road!:crosseyed So, if you are taking 6 units or more and have a full time gig, please share how you do it. Thanks.:D
     
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    I have to make a schedule for myself, including sub dates, and deadlines for school work. My classes are online, but still have deadlines so I have to make sure that I read on Monday, web explorer and DVD on Tuesday, answer discussion question and review quiz on Wed, respond to classmates discussion response on Thur, work on paper Fri/Sat.

    I haven't really gotten into subbing yet which is good because it allows me to schedule my masters work and then work around that.
     
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    STG: Makes sense to be so strict on scheduling certain days for study time. One of my classes is also on-line. I have a two day assignment this week, and I start one of my credential classes tonight. I think it's all hitting me now. I've been off all summer, looking for work, having days of sheer boredom, dare I say.:huh: I'm going from that scenario to try and go back to school, it's a bit overwhelming.
     
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    Schedules, routines, & to do lists! Last year I took 6 cr in the fall & 9 cr in the spring to finish my masters. :eek: I planned out when I would work on lessons, college work, & house work. It was tough b-c I did not have much down time. I really took advantage of school breaks like Thanksgiving & spring to get stuff done. I also tried to get ahead whenever possible. Good luck! :D
     
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    I am taking 6 credits this fall and in the spring to complete my master's. Fortunately, my program is designed for working teachers, so the workload isn't completely overwhelming. I go Thursdays from 4:15 to 9:30ish, with a half hour for dinner at 6:45. I usually reserve Wednesday afternoons for reading and homework, though I'm sometimes working on it right up until when I have to leave for class on Thursday!
     
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    I'm working full-time (40-50 hours / week), commuting 20 hours a week, and doing 6 credits a semester for my doctorate. I survive through schedules, calendars, to-do-lists, and a husband who does most of the housework.
     
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    I will be going back to school next fall after I finish my portfolio this year, but the only way I can get through it is with schedules and to-do lists! Once things get into full swing, I will have to spend less time on AtoZ!!:(
     
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    It is sad, but my weekends are completely devoted to work- either teaching school or going to school. Come to think of it, so is every evening!!!
    Sometimes my house just isn't as clean as it should be, but hey... I don't have time for company anyway!
     
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    I just got back from the first night of one of my classes. Got the to do list going in full swing, already! Thanks for all of the suggestions. I feel silly asking in a way....it's just been so long since I've been in school. I will probably pursue my M.A. as well, but that's after I've landed the job. ;) Anyhow, looks like my Saturday's are going to be the best study days. I'm actually really grateful I'm only subbing right now. Yes, a full time job would be more $, but subbing does allot me some much needed study time, even during the week. Best of luck to you all of you!
     
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    I'm going back to school this year. I'm working on my science credential. I am taking 7 units. Right now, I must admit, I am behind in my studies. But, I am catching up. MWF and Sunday are my days to study. T and TH is when I have classes.
     
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    I subbed, had a PT job on eves & wknds, AND attended grad school all at once for a few yrs. I was working on 2 credentials as well: Mild/Moderate Disabilities & Multiple Subjects while working on my Masters in Education w/ emphasis in Special Ed. I also subbed in which I had many long term assignments working all 5 days a week. My PT job was as a senior credit customer service rep for Citigroup. It's a lot, but it can be done. I'm single w/o kids though, so that helps a lot. If I were married w/ a child, I don't think I could have done all that.

    I'm currently back in school working towards a 2nd Masters & subbing. I did teach special ed for a yr in between that.

    I think my most stressful term was when I student taught 6th gr (which is definitely NOT the gr I like to teach) plus it was the term I was working on my research questions & memorizing 25 typed pages of info to pass my comprehensive Masters degree exam...& if you don't pass, you have to wait another yr & your'e only given 1 more chance. Fortunately, I passed the exam the 1st time!

    I just knew what I had to do & did it, but I had my share of relaxation time as well! :)
     
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    I teach and am taking 6 credits a semester for my masters. The program is through my local university, but my courses are online. If anything, that makes it more difficult, though. I have to block out time to go to "school". Basically, I spend 3 hours on Friday completing assignments for one course, 3 hours on Monday for another course, and then I respond to the discussions on Saturdays. I also tutor in the afternoons/evenings. It's going to get even worse when my district ESOL on-line course begins.
     

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