New permanent job

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  1. giraffe326

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    Just sharing with everyone- I have FINALLY landed a regular, full time job in a public school.

    I actually made it to the last round of interviews with this district back in the summer of 2012. It was down to myself and one other candidate, and I interviewed with the superintendent. They chose the hometown girl, and I've always known that I would have had a job if there were two openings. When the P called to tell me I didn't get the job, she spent about 45 minutes talking to me- we have a lot in common.

    Anyway, due to a mid-year retirement at a district level, there was some shuffling. 4 people shuffled around, which is kind of crazy! In the end, it opens a job and I got it! It sounds like the teacher was very unstructured and messy, and when I was in the room today, they could tell that I like more structure and organization. I've inferred that I have been hired to get them into shape!

    It is still almost 90 miles from my family, and with my niece about to arrive any day now (due Feb. 15), I am a bit sad about this. My plan is to get the cheapest apartment possible and come home every weekend.

    I will probably still hunt for a new job this summer, but I will be able to be very selective with my search.

    Oh....one thing.... it is kindergarten :dizzy::dizzy::dizzy::dizzy:
     
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  3. giraffe326

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    The upside to K is that I will stop being passed over for K jobs! I've never interviewed for one! And it sounds like the numbers will shift me to 3rd next year- so it is only for a few months.

    My experience will be:
    K- 1/2 year
    1- student taught
    2- 1 year
    3- LTS
    5- 5 years



    And, K teachers, I could use some help!!!
     
  4. LouiseB

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    Yeah! Things are working out!
     
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  6. comaba

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    Yay!

    90 miles is only a couple of hours. You can still go home for the weekends, or just for a day. Oh, and you might fall in love with kindergarten! I did!

    Congrats!
     
  7. giraffe326

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    Oh, 90 miles is WAY better than 750. I had a full guest bedroom in NC, so I plan on leaving my bed here at my parents' house and taking my guest bed to the apartment. I'm going to have the barest apartment ever- I plan on taking the bed, a recliner, a kitchen table to work on, and that is about it!!! I'll just pack a bag each week with my clothes.

    As for falling in love with kindergarten, I'm OK with the content, but these kids need structure. Desperately. They were all over the place! I was in the room with the current teacher, the P, and a 1st grade teacher. I found out after I accepted the job that the 1st grade teacher couldn't take the chaos in the room, and didn't think that I would take the job!! It sounds like the other teachers (especially 1st grade) don't like getting kids from this teacher. Several people made it sound like there is not a whole lot of classroom management in this room. So.... I'm going to be fighting an uphill battle. We'll see!!
     
  8. yellowdaisies

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    Congratulations!!!! :D I've been following your posts on here but haven't commented much. I'm so happy to see that things are working out for you! :):)
     
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    Woohoo!!!
     
  10. comaba

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    You'll get them into shape, and next year the 1st grade teachers will be so glad to get YOUR kids!

    So happy for you!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    So excited for you! I am sure that you will whip them into shape.
     
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    So excited for you! If your classroom management is even a tenth of your job hunting organizational skills, you will have that class whipped into shape in days :thumb:
     
  14. Tasha

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    Congratulations! The good news is that the kids crave structure and will respond beautifully! I started in a similar situation. Be sure to take the time to get good rules and routines established, even though you'll probably find that their also behind academically.
     
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    Congrats! I spent most of my teaching career in Kindergarten! Will you get to spend some time with the teacher going over what she has already covered & what her rules/procedures were?

    Like Tasha said spend time setting up your rules & procedures & getting to know the kids.

    Good luck!
     
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    Yay giraffe!! :D
     
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    Congratulations! Finally good news, I knew something will work out. (I know we all hate the uncertainty and the waiting).
     
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    Big congrats!! And I'm sure in a month or so it'll be a very different class :).
     
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    The teacher is moving to a reading specialist position, so she will actually still be at the school. She will be in the classroom on Monday and Tuesday, with me taking over on Wednesday.

    In my interview, I had mentioned easing in and changing things gradually. She pretty much said forget that and to change things ASAP.
     
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    Congratulations! :)
     
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    giraffe~Many years ago I did a LTS in a K class that had a teacher with poor classroom management. I changed things the first day I went in. The other teachers started calling me, "Viola Swamp." :lol:
     
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    Too funny!
    Classroom management is a definite strength of mine. I prefer setting clear rules and procedures than dealing with behavior. Behavior management is not my favorite part of the job, though I doubt many people would say that it is!
     
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    If I were you I wouldn't even plan on getting any instruction done in the first week. I would just walk the hallways, line up, practice sitting in an assigned spot on the carpet during full group instruction, practice rotating centers with simple tasks like copying some words for handwriting practice or anything you observe they can do properly from the previous teacher, etc. You can always ease up later! You'll be fine, you have plenty of experience to get them in shape.
     
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    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Teaching Kindergarten is a thankless job, but someone has to do it. :cool:
     
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    Disagree. Any grade and every grade can be fulfilling and rewarding. It's a matter of mindset. The blossoming of young learners, emergent literacy, joyful discoveries made on a daily basis are just a few things that early childhood educators celebrate.
     
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    Congratulations! That's awesome news. :)
     
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    Congratulations!!!!!

    It sounds like you got this job because this job is perfect for you.

    I love Kindergarten and know so many people who do!!! Kindergarteners are so funny and loving! I think you will love it and do a great job!
     
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    Great news, giraffe!

    (A truly thankless job? Attempting to teach sense and manners to people who ought to know better.)
     
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    Gosh, my students learn to say thank you pretty quickly :whistle:
     
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    Why would you say that? With that mentality you could say that about every grade.

    I'm not a fan of elementary (not my style), but I can see the beauty in K: you take kids, barely out of preschool, not read for 'big kids' school and within 9 months you have them ready for 1st grade. That's a huge deal, and definitely not thankless.
     
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    congrats!

    Great job! It will be a good experience! Good luck!
     

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