Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Ms. I, Dec 28, 2008.
Jul 14, 2013
Good luck, runs!
Aug 1, 2013
I'm back from my vacation It was very nice, I feel very relaxed, but we have done and seen a lot of things. One of the great places were a very famous town (from a European perspective) called Eger (Hungary). We have been to the castle which was built in 1241, the town has been there since actually before the year 1000 and many things were built hundreds of years before America was even discovered. Lots of history, got to spend time with my parents, saw some old friends, and my 15 year old daughter had the chance to experience all this as well.
And when we got home I found my house in tact, no one tried to break in and I'm not broke, thanks to all those subbing days in June / July (just got my paid on the 30th, perfect timing.) Now I have a little over a week to get ready for the school year!
Had my bridal shower last weekend. It was a lot of fun. My sisters did a great job. I have one request for future reference: if you are a guest buying from a registry PLEASE inform someone at the store you are buying a registry gift. I got three identical sets of kitchen towels and two identical wall hangings. I have since removed those items from the registry.
Aug 6, 2013
Planning my wedding is EXHAUSTING. There are so many guests and I'm trying to plan out the seating arrangements. Having 300 guests is NOT a good idea, but it's too late now.
When is your wedding?
Aug 9, 2013
Skip the assigned seating. Reserve a few tables for immediate family (parents, siblings not in the wedding, any children they might have, and grandparents) and let everyone else choose where they would like to sit.
Aug 10, 2013
I would second this. We recently attended a wedding out of state and there were several seated events. We we were put with the same people every time. I was bored with them by the end, and they would probably say the same!
I've been debating this. (My wedding isn't until next summer, so I have time!). We went to a couple weddings this summer where we didn't know a lot of people. There wasn't assigned seating at either--at one, we just had to sit where we could find a spot, and at the other we were one of the first to arrive and then had other people joining us. As a rather shy person, I found it very awkward to have to sit and make conversation with random people that I had just met and had almost nothing in common with. I would have liked it much better if we had been sitting with other young couples who were there.
Last weekend before work again! (Sigh!)
One more week of summer school for me then off until after Labor day! Can't wait for some time off. Summer school has been a breeze though so I can't really complain. Almost every weekend until Labor Day is booked with fun stuff to do so I know the time will go by quickly.
Aug 14, 2013
Well, the time has finaly come for me...tomorrow's my first day of work at a new school! I did work there several days this summer, so I'm glad I got a hint of what it will be like beforehand.
Back to the grind!
TeacherNY, you're still teaching summer school! You really start late & end late!
Yes, summer school didn't start until July and lasts 6 weeks. Can't wait for a break.
Aug 25, 2013
We just adopted our German Shepherd today. We're so excited (it's only me and my daughter). His name was supposed to be Hercules, but they just put that on the website because he's big, but they called him Scooter. I wanted to change the name, and after getting suggestions on FB I decided on Oso (means bear in Spanish). The foster mom said to call him Scooter-Oso for a week, then drop the Scooter. After 3 hours he's already listening to Oso! And to 'sit', 'lay down' and 'stay'. So, so smart!
Of course he peed in my house within the first 10 minutes to mark his territory, but that was it. He peed around the backyard to mark it as well.
This dog (and I guess any dogs) remind me so much about my students. The lady was telling me to use praise as much as possible, and don't focus on the negatives - I try to do that with the students. Someone said tone of voice is everything, so if I say 'no', I gotta lower my voice. I do that, too, when I'm getting enough at school, my voice automatically lowers and speech slows down. This whole marking your territory is the same as what my gang-banging students are doing, the same thing not allowing a child to look the dog in the eye, because it's a challenge. (also called as maddogging among the students).
We are so happy. He's camping out next to the front door (inside) already guarding it.
I am sorry you feel like work is a grind. I couldn't stay in a career where I felt like that. Sure, I have a day here and there where I would rather curl up on the couch, but I really enjoy my job overall.
Me too! I am treasuring my last days of summer, but I love what I do! I couldn't be the teacher I am if I didn't love it as much as I do!
I believe attitude about one's work affects the energy in a classroom as students can pick up on your 'vibe'.
After being red-shirted last year, my "baby" had her collegiate debut as starting 'keeper this afternoon!
:thumb: proud mommy!
Very nice, Mrs. C
Aug 26, 2013
Congrats to Lauren, Mrs C!
You know guys, I'm actually going to like this job better than my last job. It's a LOT less kids to work with & I'll be working with everyone 1-on-1, so I get each kid's full attention. I'm also working with all high schoolers, except for 2 kids, which is a big switch for me. I like conversing with them & hopefully being an inspiration for them to succeed!
That is awesome, Ms.I! I'm glad to hear that.
That's great, Ms.I!
I go back on the 3rd but might stop by my classroom sometime this week to get a head start on some things. Since I was just there for summer school there's not much to do but I like being prepared. I have designated Friday as being my SHOPPING day and I'm going to an out of the way mall to shop at some new stores then stopping by Trader Joe's (it's so far away I only go once a year) so I am definitely enjoying my last few days off!
Aug 28, 2013
Thanks orangetea and TeacherNY! As each day goes, I'm realizing more and more what easy good money it is. There's not a lot of kids like I said so I can really focus on them. The only real con is...room has no air conditioning but if that's the only real con, hey!
Glad you are enjoying the older students, Ms. I. I know that's an age group you haven't worked with before and you were unsure about it.
Easy money? I love my job, I'm good at it, teaching is instinctual and natural for me..but I'd hesitate to call what I do 'easy money'. I work HARD and I'd put straight anyone outside education thinking my job is easy...
Maybe you didn't mean it the way I'm reading it, Ms I. Maybe it's just that this age group is a better fit for you and is more enjoyable. I'm glad you're enjoying your job.
Aug 29, 2013
Actually czacza, what I mean by "easy" money is due to certain factors...well, maybe I should say easIER money:
- I'm working with a TOTAL of 15 kids (as opposed to around 52 the last 2 yrs)...big difference right there, not to mention many less IEP meetings!
- I work with just about each kid 1-on-1 (as opposed to 4 or 5-student groups before...that helps!
- I only work at one school (as opposed to driving to 2 different schools before)...less running around
- I still work 4 days every week like before, but I work 4.5 hrs on another day of the week (& still get paid for the full day)
- No kind of staff nor any other meetings to attend (unlike the total of 5 meetings per month NOT counting IEP meetings I had to attend before.
So that's what I mean by easier money. I guess I better stay at this job for a while because you can't really beat it!
Sounds like you found a good fit, Ms I!:thumb:
I saw what you meant by "easy" money. I kind of have that with my weekend job. All I have to do is "play" with a 7 year old (he does have disabilities but no difficult behaviors). I feel like I'm getting paid to have fun! I just wish it paid more LOL
Aug 30, 2013
Hey TeacherNY, enjoy it while you can! I certainly will!
The downsides (& there always are) are:
- School rents classrooms from this minister. It used to be another different school & the classrooms are just "bones" of a classroom: Basic room, air conditioning doesn't work, clocks stopped at different times in each classroom & no one bothers to fix them, a little junky with empty soda cans in garbage bags in the corner or other things piled up, etc. Nothing state of the art by ANY means. There's actually whiteboards though!
- No phones work, so you can't just call up the office or another classroom.
- You can't leave ANY personal belongings nor school items that you use in the rooms at all because the rooms is in use by others after school & on Sundays. Once on Fri, without knowing that, I left some piles of papers & textbooks on a desk in the room & the next day after the weekend, they were all gone. The office staff eventually found it after asking the church staff what they did with them.
- Kids do have many, many issues: The school had to call the police yesterday because this one boy (who I do work with) was suicidal. He used to be in a mental institution. I have 3 students who are plain unintelligible, so I just have to do the best I can with them. They have to be escorted everywhere on campus.
- The only staff restroom is very tiny & you need a key to get in.
Now, will I eventually tire of this? Probably, but for now, I'll "enjoy" this vastly different experience.
Im happy for you Ms I
It's interesting which compromises about our postitions or workplaces make us crazy and which things we are able to roll with and keep going. It sounds like your pluses outweigh your minuses MsI. Good for you.
Thanks TennisPlayer & Maryhf. Picture the high schoolers as in the movie Dangerous Minds & that's about how the students are that I work with now.
Today for the first time, this one 17 y.o. boy who I was supposed to pull, just said, "Hello no!" & refused to come work with me. I just left without saying a word. I'll ask the principal about what she wants to do when that happens again.
I now don't seem to have a set classroom to work in. The one that I could use at times has no A/C & I was in torture today, even with the doors open & my desk fan I brought from home. I'm going to just have to work in their air conditioned office, which they said I could do.
Sep 3, 2013
After a month-long LTS (three weeks with kids opening the year) my last day is tomorrow. Part of me is sad to leave them, part of me is excited to get on with wedding planning. I have Thursday and Friday booked with appointments for everything from doctor to decorator to hair dresser. It feels like on the one hand my life has been put on hold and on the other hand it has finally gotten some sense of normalcy this past month. Maybe normalcy isn't the right word; regularity may be better.
Going back to school tomorrow...wish I could have another week off! Feels like summer school just ended and now September is here. Guess I can hold out until Thanksgiving break!
Teacher NY...we get kids tomorrow, but off on Thursday for Rosh Hashanah...
We don't any holidays off until Thanksgiving. I might make a Dr.s appt. in October so at least I can get a day off then (if I make the appt. 9am I have the rest of the day free!).
Sep 4, 2013
I get to see my fiance in 24 hours!!! Even my kiddos being super frustrating today can't wipe the smile off my face...
I can't wait til Friday! Taking a friend from out of state to a Texas high school football game!
STG...that should be interesting. Is your friend from up north? I was SHOCKED at the school size
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