Me and My School

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    I think these are fun; so here's another one; just hit the REPLY WITH QUOTE and fill in your own answers. :)


    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? yes! If the kids aren't around, I rip open that box!! :D But, if the kids are there, I calmly :cool: wait until they leave!! hehe

    ~What do you do for lunch? I work part-time, so I have lunch out or at home.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? I work at a private school and it would be nice if we were paid better.

    ~What do you love about your school? I love that I can go to my director about anything.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I hate doing them, but they keep me in check!

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? My students and parents are fabulous! Couldn't be any happier!

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? nope!

    ~Are you feet holding up? they do fine for part-time work! hehe

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? having today off, Labor day, is nice. I really love Thanksgiving time and I am looking forward to that!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? I do; though I have a mindset that I am here to work...for my students and their parents; My co-workers are not my friends, but as a colleague, I would help them in any way that I can.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:A bigger classroom would be really nice!

    ~Any peeves already? I wish we could wear jeans and a special school shirt on Fridays like many of the schools around here. That would be really nice; I have asked about this for years and they just won't budge. :(

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! I really love my teacher aide; she's strict with the kids. :D

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! unfortunately yes :(

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Start picking up the chairs and get ready for the next day.

    ~One of the perks of your job:Working in a private school is wonderful; awful pay, but the atmosphere is great! :)

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: wow; the kids and parents are great, so it would be SUPER if the school handed me extra $$$ in each paycheck. :) I don't mean to gripe so much about this either; I wouldn't be there if the pay didn't help out with some home bills. :love:

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Pray, pray, pray...pray for your students, their parents, and yourself daily. :)
     
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    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in??

    Absolutely. I have often ordered some good things for myself as well! Plus I like the Classrooms Care Posters.

    ~What do you do for lunch?

    We eat lunch as a staff together. Our students all eat at the same time and twice a week we have a working lunch w/ meetings. This is good because we don't have after school or before school staff meetings. We don't have a cafeteria so everyone packs a lunch.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??

    We are struggling w/ enrollment issues currently. I don't think teachers are evaluated properly and some things slip by... but we have a new P so that might change now.

    ~What do you love about your school?

    Our campus is incredible. It's about 12 acres of woods. The playground is the forest so kids go and run around and build forts! We also have a garden. I love that I have a lot of freedom to develop activities and projects with my class.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans?

    We are not required to turn anything in. I write detailed lesson plans for the important times like first weeks of school, big projects with a big deadline, the end of the year. Other than that, I create a curriculum web that ties in my different activities and lesson ideas together. I can change my ideas if I want to and day-to-day there is not much supervision.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far?

    I am SO excited about these kids. They seem really great. I am teaching a lot younger than ever before (usually 3rd, 4th, 5th) so this is all new to me. They are sweet, bright and eager to learn. I have an autistic boy that gives me a lot of concern, but the parents are working hard to do what needs to be done.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far???

    I had some parents worried when they saw the class lists, as I am new to the grade, but I have appeased them for now. When they see how AWESOME I am they will back off.

    ~Are you feet holding up?

    I wear Danskos. My feet are great.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet???

    I need to get the beginning of the year over with!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues?

    Most of them. I am not "friends" with everyone but I think we get along ok. I might annoy some people.... I do have some great friends at work that I see socially a lot.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:

    More computers! Better computers. What I want more than anything is a paint job and new carpet. I work in a sea of brown vomit. I hate it and do everything I can to cover it up as much as possible!

    ~Any peeves already?

    Lots of new procedures to learn this year. Our VP has twice gotten a little mad at me over things totally outside my control, like not having the emergency procedures listed on my wall. I was moved into a new room and realized that I HAD put them up, they were just in my old classroom...

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!!

    I work with an amazing faculty and we have a lot of time to share. I have some great teachers around me. I also have some so-so teachers.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!!

    um, yeah...

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal?

    Work for another hour.

    ~One of the perks of your job:

    About 3 times a year the parents bring in an espresso cart! This is a fund-raiser, but they always give teachers freebies.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you:

    To have very happy parents that go around spreading the word about how happy they are.. in turn raising enrollment and keeping people looking forward to another year at our school.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be:

    It would be different depending on where they are teaching. At my school it would be: ask a lot of questions, because no one will TELL you anything! At another school I might say, have very open communication with parents and get them on your side.
     
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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? Yes!!! I LOVE books and I LOVE packages- a win/win!

    ~What do you do for lunch? Most common is a Three Cheese Ziti Smart Ones meal and a cup of applesauce. Somedays I bring a sandwich or eat the school lunch. But, I have to eat with the kids (no duty free) and the SO Ziti is done in like 3 minutes. I can't wait forever for it to cook!

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??Lots of things. MICE :eek: Mostly pretty small things though- icky carpet, a certain teacher or two, etc...

    ~What do you love about your school? My P is awesome.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I don't get too detailed with them (even though my P wishes I would). I find it tedious to write it all down. I know what I am doing and if I have a sub, I type them separate. I don't leave my plan book.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? They talk too much! And argue amongst themselves. They are pretty high, though.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? No- and after last year, I am praying it stays that way!

    ~Are you feet holding up? Never have issues there unless I wear 3 inch heels (which I comfortably wear to my second job).

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? Christmas so I can see my family.

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? Not always. My grade level is back and forth. We are getting better, though. I get along with pretty much everyone else.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:A projector, a document camera, a Smart Board (in that order- although if I got the last, it'd take care of others...)

    ~Any peeves already? Car duty :( Especially in the aftermath of Fay :down: And, not having enough books!

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! Not directly in my classroom. I have a brand new TA and we are getting there!

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! Yes. Rumor has it my P is going to suggest she leave after this school year.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Head out with the kids to car duty for at least another 30 minutes.

    ~One of the perks of your job:Being at the same school with one of my friends. Other than that, I can't think of anything.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: for them all to score well on our state test- my class did NOT do well last year!

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: I still consider myself new (2nd year). But, it would be to not let the little things stress you out too much!

    I am going to add one:
    What are the downfalls of your job: A 70+ mile round trip commute.
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in??

    I don't order from Scholastic anymore. Few kids order, so it is not usually worth the effort. Plus, a few years ago they messed up several orders. I gave up after that.

    ~What do you do for lunch?

    I eat in the cafeteria, but I generally bring my own lunch. We don't have a lounge. Plus, it's so far from my classroom that I'd waste too much time taking my kids to lunch, going back to my room, eating, and then going back to get them.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??

    Nothing is perfect. We don't, however, have any major issues. We don't have quite enough teachers to fun a schedule exactly like optimum.

    ~What do you love about your school?

    We have a nice building with a lot of resources. I work with a lot of nice people.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans?

    I don't mind them. They're just part of the job. I don't like it when I get used to one format and then someone--generally an outside person--decides that we need to use a different form.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far?

    I have classes, not class. I love my classes! People thought I was crazy for volunteering for mostly boys. My two all-male classes are a lot of fun. I also have one all-female class and one mixed-gender class. Oh, and one reading class that's mixed as well. I keep them for a semester and then switch.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far???

    Nope. I haven't met them all yet. I've talked with several by phone, and I talked to a few at open house. (I had to leave open house early because my dad had been in a car accident, so I left about an hour into the open house.)

    ~Are you feet holding up?

    They're about like always. I have two types of arthritis, and my feet are short & wide. Finding shoes that actually feel good is impossible . . . but I have lots of shoes that work fine. I wear lots of sandals.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet???

    Not really. I'm not much of a "holiday" person, although I don't mind the days off.
    :D

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues?

    I work with a lot of really nice people. I don't hang around with them outside of the school building, but most of us have contacts outside the school day since most of us have grown up here.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:

    I have pretty much everything I need, but if I had a bigger closet I'm sure I could find something to do with it.

    ~Any peeves already?

    I wish the custodian would learn to sweep AWAY from the walls. I'm tired of having to sweep crap out from under everything after he sweeps. He's also got a bad habit of leaving my trash can sitting on something instead of putting it back down on the floor after he empties it . . . and I went four months with the same trash bag last year.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!!

    I work with a lot of great people.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!!

    Honestly, I think that all of those people have discovered that they're better off someplace else.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal?

    I walk the kids downstairs and monitor the hallways until they've all left our hallway. Then I straighten my desks if the kids didn't quite get them right. I turn off the computers, prepare anythign for the next day, feed the fish, and then usually talk to some coworkers for awhile before I head home.

    ~One of the perks of your job:

    I don't know. I just like it there. People are good to help each other out when needed. Several of us have been dealing with personal medical issues or with ill parents. Team members and administration has been good to work with us to make things easier.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you:

    We've had three weeks so far, and it's been a super year already.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be:

    Find someone you can go to for help, even if they aren't an official mentor. Also, don't think that you have to do everything. So many times new teachers take on too much because they think they have to do so.
     
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    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? I don't do Scholastic... but I love when OTHER orders come in. :)

    ~What do you do for lunch? Usually I a bunch of us meet in a third grade teacher's room for lunch... I bring my lunch from home

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? We could use a few more custodians. A lot of the rooms are outdated and could use a makeover.

    ~What do you love about your school? I really get a long well with almost all the teachers. A majority really care about the kids. The kids are also very nice, and most of them are well behaved. :)

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? Now that I've been teaching for (OMG) a decade it's easy. A lot of my lessons are reused from years before, with a sprinkling of new ideas.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? The kids start on Wed., so i'll have to get back to ya on that one.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? There's always a few that drive ya nuts. I have the kids from first through sixth, so the ones that drive ya nuts are with me for YEARS. hahaha COLOR]

    ~Are you feet holding up? Didn't start yet, so I'm still in flip flops. hahaha I'm all about the comfort and usually wear my sketchers to school, so I'm sure my feet will be ok. I would love to find a pair of low heel comfy boots. any suggestions? :)

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? ALL HOLIDAYS ARE GOOD!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? Yes. There is just one third grade teacher I can't stand... and a handful i'm indifferent about, otherwise they are great.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:A larger storage closet and a second sink!

    ~Any peeves already? YES, a majority of my order ($4,500 worth) hasn't come in yet. I can picture them wheeling in 50 boxes worth of suppllies into my room with 26 kids in there. hahaha

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! A few really great ones... I get along most with the music teacher. Us specialists have to stick together. :D

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! unfortunately yes :( PLEASE RETIRE THIS YEAR!!!

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Usually I'm washing out paintbrushes around that time, or grading something, or hanging something, or photographing something. There's always things to do, isn't there?

    ~One of the perks of your job:Decent benefits and holiday's and summers off. There's always something new and interesting happening everyday... I'm definitely never bored.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: Humm... I could think of about 10 kids I'd like to move out of district. hahahahahaha

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Don't let yourself get too overwhelmed. At the end of the day it's just a job, and your home and family are more important. Keep a good sense of humor, and try to find the good in the kids... even the ones that drive you nuts.
     
  8. Boston1234

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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in??
    I teach high school, so no Scholastic orders.

    ~What do you do for lunch?
    I usually bring something from home like a sandwich and fruit and eat it in the science office with my fellow science teachers.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??
    No substitute teachers this year :(
    Some kids feel wicked entitled (but most are great)


    ~What do you love about your school?
    The people I work with. I love them.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans?
    It's high school science, so lessons are pretty much laid out from the beginning and we don't have to turn them in to our dept head, so they're fine for me. They keep me on track.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far?
    I haven't met them yet, but I already know a few of the kids and I'm wicked excited to see them again!

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far???
    School starts Thursday, so I'll let you know.

    ~Are you feet holding up?
    As long as the heels aren't too high, my feet do fine.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet???
    Columbus Day weekend...big trip planned!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues?
    Love them.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:
    A shaking water bath (for growing bacterial cultures...very expensive)

    ~Any peeves already?
    I wish the school recycled more.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!!
    My entire dept is great!

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!!
    Not in my dept. I'm sure other dept have their issues, but I don't know about them (yet...)

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal?
    Start prepping the lab benches for tomorrow's labs.

    ~One of the perks of your job:
    It's close to home so I can ride my bike on nice days. Plus (if I haven't already said it...), I love my coworkers.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you:
    No parent-drama (a lot to ask for, I know)

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be:
    A wise teacher told me about parents "kill them with communication." Keep sending them grade updates and info on upcoming exams/projects/homework and they will find less to complain about (they'll still find something...but your odds are greatly diminished if you keep them in the loop).
     
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    I'll answer a few of them....

    ~What do you do for lunch? I don't have time, so I wait until after school or during my break.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? Principal is an ADHD boy who thinks he's tricky

    ~What do you love about your school? very clean, very friendly

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? pain in the neck, but I have to have a plan. Just don't think it should be for anyone else but me.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? Not impressed. They are very strange. Babied. Or from off-planet.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? Yes. The ones who think their darling is not babied.


    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? unsure. I thought I did, but lately....

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:carpet

    ~Any peeves already? I want to be left alone when I'm trying to plan.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! I truly think a majority of the teachers here are great.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! As much as I like him as a person, I'm beginning to think the admin. should go. Stop being an admin. He isn't that good at it.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? start organizing for tomorrow


    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: I can't answer this because it would make me feel like a whiny baby. I've had so many SUPER years that I shouldn't complain because of one off year. But catered lunches would be nice.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Run away if you don't like kids.
     
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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? Well I don't get Scholastic, but it's like Christmas when our order of supplies gets in! You forget what you order. Inspiration in boxes.
    ~What do you do for lunch? When I had a room, I'd eat in there with the music teacher.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? Should I really answer this? Too crowded, classes too big (usually close to 30) unorganized and unprofessional....to start!
    ~What do you love about your school? It's urban, so there is always a crazy mix of kids!.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? They are filed in my head! Dreamcatcher style if you know that movie.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? Well I have 33 classes and 800 students. so that's that. lol
    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? I'm not sure they'd ever think I existed!

    ~Are you feet holding up? I'm on a cart! they have to!

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? Christmas b/c I'll get to spend it with my new family in England I'm hoping ::crosses fingers::

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? I try my best, but art teachers often get the cold shoulder :( Say something nice to your art teacher the next time you see them, or music or gym for that matter!

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom? hah! How about starting with HAVING a classroom.

    ~Any peeves already? Still don't have a sced and I start with the kids Thursday, but that isn't anything new!

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! The one reading specialist at one of my buildings. I don't think I've ever seen her tired!

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! meh...sorta

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Shoo the stragling kids to the bus!

    ~One of the perks of your job:Seeing the creative side and amazing things that comes out of my students. I love the a ha art moment!

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: Rooms would magically appear for me! That this year is better than last year, and that my principals would actually care about anything I was doing!

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Stay organized and ask loads and loads and loads of questons!
     
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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? I teach high school and as far as I know, we don't do scholastic.

    ~What do you do for lunch? Well, I'm off that period, so I'm supposed to be "on duty" in G-hall, but I've never seen anyone in G-hall and it's lonely, so I usually sit at the end of A-hall and discuss my morning classes with my mentor teacher.


    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? My department is understaffed, so my classes are bigger than I was told they would be. But I can make it work, and other than that I LOVE my school!


    ~What do you love about your school? I love that everyone is so supportive and responsive. If I ask a question or put in a request, I get a response within 24 hours, usually sooner!

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I like them. They make me feel less lost and explain what the purpose of the lesson is.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? Love them! I can already see their distinct personalities as a class. 3rd period
    (before lunch) is energetic and climbing off the walls. 5th period (after lunch) is nearly catatonic and I sometimes tempted to put my finger under their nose to see if they're still breathing, lol.


    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? Nope. I actually haven't received any parental contact yet.

    ~Are you feet holding up? A little but I just got some better, more comfortable shoes, so we'll see how it goes.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? umm...does pay day count as a holiday?

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? Yes. They're awesome and SO friendly. I love it.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom? A bigger classroom so that I felt less like the students are sitting on top of each other. And more wall space would be nice. I still haven't figured out where to put two separate word walls.


    ~Any peeves already? Umm...students who feel like shouting my name is equivalent of raising their hand and being recognized. I'm talking with a student and I suddenly hear "Miss E1T1, what does this mean? 'Cause I really don't get it. I looked in the dictionary and..." and I have to stop them. "I'm currently speaking with someone, but I'll be right with you."


    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! I don't know. They're all pretty awesome. The principal and the APs are great. They've already learned my name and they say hi every time they see me. My department head is awesome. She's always checking up on me and gives me a lot of useful feedback. My mentor teacher is the best. I can always go ask her questions and she'll do her best to get me answers. Or if I just need somebody to listen, she listens and tries to help me work through the situation.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! If I do, I haven't met them yet. Everyone seems pretty happy in what they're doing.


    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Tell the students goodbye and that I'll see them tomorrow. Then I reset my presentation station for the next class and go out in the hallway to greet the next set of kids.

    ~One of the perks of your job:The technology is pretty awesome. Laptops that we can take home, ELMOs, EIKIS, overheads, presentation station with speakers, PDF converter, iTunes, printers with district provided cartridges, school use only cell phones. It's pretty impressive for a public school.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: I don't know. They already go pretty far out to make it as easy as possible. umm...I don't know. If I don't have it, I think it's mostly because of a "have-not-because-you-ask-not" situation. The school's pretty giving with whatever it takes to improve student learning. I think the only think that's making it difficult is having to wait to mid-September to get paid when I've been working since mid-August. But the wait's almost over.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: I dunno. I'm a noobie, so... I guess I'd say "Be patient. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. And don't be afraid to ask for help, because if you don't ask, people assume you have it under control and by the time they realize how badly you're struggling, it's too late."

     
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    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in??

    Do I??? School starts tomorrow and I've already placed my first order (I don't have a "class", so I don't have to wait for orders to come in... as a new teacher I try to get my classroom library built up.

    ~What do you do for lunch?

    This year, I'll be travelling between schools... 45 minutes or so. Usually a sandwich.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??

    School A is wonderful... my room is a little small and jail cell-like, but I'm working on that... I spent one day at School B... it seems nice enough, but I don't know a whole lot about it yet.

    ~What do you love about your school?

    School A has an excellent principal and vice principal... I did my student teaching with the VP there, and spent a year as an LTS last year as well.. I absolutely love the environment of the school. School B seems to have an excellent staff. The principal is easy to talk to, as is the guidance/resource teacher who I will be working with quite closely.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans?

    I deal with behavior intervention, so I don't have lesson plans exactly... I will have behavior goals, and I will have stuff to do in achieving those goals... I suppose those could be called lesson plans, but I don't have any of those to do until I come up with the goals for behavior, and I don't have those to do until I have the children who need them assigned to my classroom!

    ~What do you think about your new class so far?

    The rooms are interesting... As I said, School A has a small jail-cell like room... whereas School B has a large classroom to be shared with the Literacy Interventionist and the YMCA after school program. I don't have any kids yet... there will be a referral process.. at school A I have a pretty good idea who I will end up working with, and I'm looking forward to it.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far???

    No parents yet... I'm sure I will have LOTS of parental contact though!

    ~Are you feet holding up?

    Haven't even started yet... but I have arthritis in my feet, so they'll manage with some medication, but for now, they're quite sore!

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet???

    Not really... I'm looking forward to starting tomorrow though!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues?

    Yeah, pretty much. Some better than others, but I get along with everyone on staff.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:

    Space! :lol:

    ~Any peeves already?

    At school A the city decided to do construction RIGHT in front of the school... tomorrow morning will definitely be interesting!

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!!

    Tons of them!

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!!

    Yes. A very kind person, who is near retirement... she is excited to retire... but it will be a few more years. As I said, a very kind person, but this isn't the right job for her.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal?

    Stick around for at least 30 minutes to make sure I'm ready for the next day

    ~One of the perks of your job

    The fact that I get paid to do what I love

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you

    No behavior problems in either school all year... but then I might be out of a job... hmmm.. I'll have to think on that!

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be:

    I too am fairly new, but I would say to do the best job that you can do, but make sure there's time for you as well. Don't burn out before December! Ask for help if you need it!

    What are the downfalls of your job:

    Travelling 45 minutes between schools (not terrible, I do get gas money) and only being at either school half of my time, and not feeling fully a part of either staff (though they do go out of the way to make me feel part of the staff).
     
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  17. KinderCowgirl

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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in? I had issues with them last year and I hate dealing with parents' money, but I do of course, love getting the books.

    ~What do you do for lunch? By the time I get my kids through the line and settled, I usually have about 10 minutes to eat. I've been doing the frozen Lean Cuisine thing, just because it's easy.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school? Hmmm, where to even begin. We have a new adminstrator this year whose heart really isn't in it. That poor leadership is just causing chaos.

    ~What do you love about your school? I love that we have such high expectations for the kids - on every grade level.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? Honestly, I rarely stick to my plans, so for me, it's a waste of time.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? I think this is my favorite class of all-time (only had them a week, but no behavior issues, very advanced, involved parents) - I'm really excited!

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? Yes, received 4 e-mails the 1st week of school. Already requested a conference and a 3 page document on how to make dismissal better !:eek:

    ~Are you feet holding up? I was more tired than the kids that 1st week. I took my shoes off a couple of times during class, unprofessional, I know, but my feet really hurt.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? No, I don't think I'll be counting down with this group.

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? For the most part. We have a clique of several "strong" personalities whose negativity and mean tone in meetings really bother me, but I'm civil.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom: an LCD projector - everyone else in our school has one, Kinder feels like the ugly stepchildren.

    ~Any peeves already? Lack of communication-I hate when parents ask me questions and i don't know the answers because it hasn't trickled down from the adminstration what the plan is.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! On of the other teachers on my team is just incredible! Her kids read and write better in English than my kids and it's a bilingual class.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! Doesn't everybody? One of my former kids broke my heart the other day because she got placed in Ms. Boot Camp's class and hates it, was crying she wanted to come back to Kinder.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? We are actually expected to be outside with the kids by the time the bell rings.

    ~One of the perks of your job: I don't know that we have any perks. Our district does incentive pay, whether you consider that a perk or not, I don't know.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: Being able to really challenge these kids the way they need to be challenged. Show other teachers who complain how it can be done.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: No matter what, don't give up! And come to this forum anytime you need advice - the people here are awesome! :)
     
  18. emmyblemmy

    emmyblemmy Companion

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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? Of course!

    ~What do you do for lunch? If I don't have duty, I split my time between my classroom and the teachers' lounge

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? It is private and the benefits are terrible.

    ~What do you love about your school? I have fabulous administration and great families.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I love planning innovative things and thinking up ways to improve my students' learning

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? They are chatty, but great!

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far? No

    ~Are you feet holding up? So far, just fine.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet? I always have loved Thanksgiving, but not to get away from my students. I love cooking and hanging with family.

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? For the most part.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom: I'm good, actually.

    ~Any peeves already? No- I'm trying to keep a positive attitude.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT? Of course- my students.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else? Ouch.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? I make sure I'm caught up for the next day. If it is a Thursday, I settle in for the meat/potatoes (reading/math) lesson planning. On Fridays, I am out the door usually.

    ~One of the perks of your job: Great people

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: Nothing professional- just personal goals- I am hoping to efficiently finish planning a wedding for June.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Muddle through- it gets better. After all, the best thing about your first year is your second!
     
  19. Electron

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    Okay, here's mine...

    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? What, for high school physics? I should be pretty darn excited if a Scholastic order did somehow find its way to my lab! :lol:

    ~What do you do for lunch? Either eat in the faculty lounge, or in my office, depending on how hard the next period is to set up. I try to get out of the lab/office as often as possible for lunch though, at least 3-4 times a week..

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? Yes - it's in a very small town, so if I'm working on Sunday there's nowhere open to eat!

    ~What do you love about your school? Everything. The collegiality, the students, even the district we're in. You'd be hard pushed to find a better combination of those things in any other public school in the United States.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I am very VERY familiar with them this year, because I'm new to teaching high school in this state and my predecessor didn't leave any resources whatsoever. Add in the requirement for frequent labs, and you see why I spend a few a day just planning the next day. That's not including my weekly overview lesson plans turned into my (excellent) P, of course. This will all get better with time, but right now it does suck a lot of time from my day.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? All my classes are very good. Realistically, I couldn't ask for more in a public school.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? Not directly, but indirectly because of some of the abuse our poor guidance counselor puts up with. The downside of a school renowned for high performance is that, boy, do some of those parents expect it...

    ~Are you feet holding up? They're holding up just fine.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? Thanksgiving - love that turkey!

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? Yes; I have been made to feel very welcome. The collegiality here is something else, albeit with a bit of small-town gossiping in there too! :D

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:MORE AND BETTER LAB EQUIPMENT! You don't teach high school science by doing sections from books, you teach it by way of the students getting their hands dirty with experiment after experiment.

    ~Any peeves already? I now have a fridge and microwave in the office, so no. :D

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! Yes - almost everyone.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! Yes - there is at least one long-term parapro who really should be faculty, if not for lack of a Bachelor's on their part.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Stick my head into my colleague's empty lab for a five-minute good natured venting session, then walk to the office to say hi to whichever of the office staff I didn't see before. Then... get cracking on the next day's lesson!

    ~One of the perks of your job:A public school paycheck with a private school atmosphere. It's hard to beat that.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: If I was offered tenure, although I won't be for at least another year.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: Get control of your classroom management from the first few seconds of the very first day, and success will probably follow.
     
  20. fuzed_fizzion

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    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in??
    -At my grade level we do not do Scholastic orders, but I LOVE the scholastic warehouse sale.

    ~What do you do for lunch?
    -duty in the cafeteria for 15 minutes, then eat something in my office while checking email.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school??
    Not so much about our school, but we do have an "adult only store" on the corner that no one can do anything about until our state constitution is changed.

    ~What do you love about your school?
    -our staff is there for each other no matter what has happened in the past.

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans?
    -They are a necessary evil. Although I am grateful every year that I do not have to have them, in detail, on my desk before I leave on Friday.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far?
    - I have not had them as a class, but I know them from working with them off and on last year.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far???
    - nope

    ~Are you feet holding up?
    -they are ok, but my feet have a personal vendetta against socks. Thank goodness I can work around the sock issue most days.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet???
    - We don't have students until Wednesday, so not at this time.

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues?
    - Now that one individual has moved schools. I can say that not only do I get along with all of my colleagues, but I like them as well.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom
    - bookcases

    ~Any peeves already?
    -When the district places people at our school that do not have any of the extra prerequisite skills we require for new hires.

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!!
    -Lots of people!

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!!
    -Hard to tell with the new staff we have at this time.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal?
    -Hall duty then my contractual planning time

    ~One of the perks of your job
    - All the technology available and the opportunities for professional growth and conferences

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you:
    A grant for a 1:1 computer program at our school.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be:
    - Ask questions. Find someone who is a good listener. Pick your battles.
     
  21. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

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    Me and My School:

    ~Do you get excited when your Scholastic order comes in?? We don't get these. I get excited when my kids bring home their books we ordered through their classroom though. :)

    ~What do you do for lunch? Most of the time I eat with my teacher in the classroom. Sometimes I eat the full 30 min and sometimes I hurry up and continue working. Sometimes I go to another teacher's classroom for a change of pace. I rarely eat with any staff sitting in the cafeteria. It's too busy for me.

    ~Is there something less-than-perfect about your school?? Sometimes it is TOO much like a family and can be dysfunctional.

    ~What do you love about your school? We are like a family (even if we are dysfunctional).

    ~How do you feel about lesson plans? I'm not required to do any yet. Sometimes I scratch up some informal ones. The ones the college requires can be a total (blank) though.

    ~What do you think about your new class so far? I had them last year. I am excited to have them again.

    ~Are you troubled by any one parent so far??? We've already had a problem with a parent this year in week one. I may escape their wrath this year with two new teachers to focus on.

    ~Are you feet holding up? They're holding up just fine.

    ~Looking forward to any holidays yet??? I'm not thinking about holidays yet.

    ~Do you get along with your colleagues? For the most part I do but sometimes I have a hard time just blending in like a wallflower that I'm expected to become.

    ~Something you wish you could have in your classroom:More space and a working computer. We are moving to brand new building in Jan. I'm excited!

    ~Any peeves already? I have a thread on this. :D

    ~Do you work with someone who is GREAT?!!! Yes.

    ~Do you work with someone who should be doing something else?!!! Several, on both sides of the spectrum.

    ~What do you do when the bell rings at dismissal? Bus duty, chat down the hall, finish up any organization or paperwork I need to finish and at certain times of the year...chat down the hall. Sometimes I chat a lot and sometimes I work too much. I'm an aide so that's the nice perk.

    ~One of the perks of your job:Our deaf school gets paid more than the public school for paras. I also have tuition reimbursement. My boss is pretty understanding if I need time off.

    ~Something that would make this a SUPER year for you: If I can get off to a better start with my two new teachers. I also want a chance or two to sub for the new spoken English class.

    ~If you could give advice to a new teacher, it would be: I'm not sure. I want to say, "use your aides for their strengths" but I would never be presumptuous to tell a new teacher that.
     

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