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  1. TeachCheri2008

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    Hi, I am new to this forum, but would like to get to know some of you. I am the mom of 4 sons, and a girl dog. i love to teach literacy and am usually pretty good at classroom management. I am excited to find this forum, and look forward to chatting with you. I'm not really sure how these forums work, but I would love to learn and get connected.:)
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    Welcome! You'll find that the people on these forums are extremely friendly and helpful and the forums are always active, so you'll almost always get a quick response to your posts.....even on Christmas! :)

    Welcome again!
     
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    Welcome, Cheri, and happy holidays! Be prepared to be addicted! ;)
     
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    Hi Cheri! You will definately become addicted to the forum, especially during your first week or so. Heck, I've been a member a little over a month now and I've already been to this page four times today and it's Christmas! (AND I had family over and did some visiting of friends. lol).

    Anyhow, welcome to the forum. One thing I really appreciate is that you can speak your mind freely here and no one ridicules or belittles you. Even if they have a differing opinion, they keep it respectful. It's hard to find that online. :)
     
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    This place is addictive. I'm a first year teacher and I have found SO much on here. It is nice to come to ask for advice and suggestions! You can search for just about anything and get some great info! It's like a big family--you start looking for the regulars, and missing them when you haven't seen them around. I've laughed and cried with people that I don't even know.

    Welcome! And Merry Christmas!
     
  7. runsw/scissors

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    Very addictive. I have been here for about a year and a half. If I don't check in after more than a few days I start going through withdrawl. It is my place to destress.
     
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    Great to have you here! When I first signed on I had no idea how they worked either, but soon found out... and be careful, they can be addicting!
     
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    Welcome to the AtoZ family Cheri!!
     
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    Welcome & I'm sure you'll enjoy it here!
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    HI, and welcome!!
     
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    Hello and welcome in this big virtual family!
    Paola.
     
  14. TeachCheri2008

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    Hi, thanks for your warm welcome. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
     
  15. TeachCheri2008

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    Thanks so much.
     
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    Thanks

    Hi, thanks for your warm welcome. Tell me about yourself.:)
     
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    Replying to messages

    Hi, I'm wondering how I go about replying to just one person at a time? When I reply, am I replying to everybody? Help!
    Thanks! :):unsure:
     
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    To reply to a specific post, click "reply with quote" at the bottom of that person's post.

    I'm not sure if I'm one of the people you responded to, but I will tell you a little about myself. ;)

    I'm a 3rd year teacher and I'm in my 2nd year teaching 5th grade reading and writing in a middle school. I've been on A to Z for about 4 1/2 years now and everyone is right about it being addictive! I took a hiatus last year while I was in my first year at my school (it was rough!) and because I was busy planning my wedding. Now I'm back and and addicted all over again!
     
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    yes, I did...


    You were one of the people that I directly replied to. thanks for the helpful hint-Let me know if I was successful in specifically replying to you this time.
    Thanks
     
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    Yep, you quoted my post in your response. :)
     
  21. TeachCheri2008

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    So....

    Can you tell me how to go about finding out which are some of the best school districts to teach in across the United States? I'm thinking of moving, but I'm a little worried about whether my Praxis exams will transfer, or if I am going to have to study for yet another state licensing exam. I am also concerned that I find scholls that allow teachers to actually be creative int heir teaching, I HATE haveing to stick to "scripted curriculum."
     
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    How do you define "best school district"? Top scores sometimes come at the price of teacher sanity, so I'm not sure you want that as your measure.

    I agree that scripting curriculum doesn't make any sort of sense.

    But what else are you looking for? What kind of climate, city/burbs/rural, and so on.
     
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    "best school districts" attract a multitude of teachers and are often very difficult to be hired into unless you have connections. I would suggest you consider the location where you want to live and take things from there. You're in Nevada, so how far do you want to move? what kind of climate? What standard of living (and therefore income) do you desire? Population size and density? Figure out a few places you'd like to live and then start researching the districts in the area.
     
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    Climate...


    I think I would probably like to teach in the burbs. I know that I want to teach in schools where the parents are involved and supportive. I really want to work with other professionals who are passionate about education, and still believe that we can make a difference. I definitely want to work in a district that helps to pay for teachers to continue their education, and at the same time, cares about our sanity!
     
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    Location...

    I am definitely wanting to leave Nevada- The state of education in Nevada is horrible! There is an all out hiring freeze for the next 2 years, that means when I finish my student teaching in the fall, I won't have a Job! I want to live in a state that has good pay, but also spends money "per student" to improve the students' educations.
     

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