Hi everyone. I am in the process of a career change to a Montessori teacher. I look forward to learning more about the materials and the thought behind the method in my classes, but what I'm also curious about is what it's really like to be a Montessori teacher. I've read several a life-in-the-day type stories about "traditional" teachers, but I have no idea how they relate to Montessori. I also am coming from a traditional desk job and am trying to see what I'm in for. A few questions to start off, and please add anything you think is pertinent that I may have missed. *Is the paperwork comparable to "traditional" teaching? I hear this as a major gripe about teaching in general. (I am looking at teaching 3-6 or 6-9, if that helps.) *Related to that, what kind of prep work do you have to do outside of class time? How much time does that take? *Do you get any breaks during the day, or is it go, go, go from the time the students come in until they leave? (I'm pretty sure I will have to give up my afternoon cup of tea!) *I am correct in thinking that your days off are pretty much limited to school holidays? Perhaps funerals and the like would be exceptions, but for the most part, you are there everyday the school is open, correct? What happens when a teacher is sick? In a class with two teachers, would the remaining teacher just pick up the slack? What about a class with only one teacher? (I am assuming Montessori substitute teachers do not exist...) *What's it like to be limited to traveling when everyone is out of school? A pain? Crowded? (My traveling is not extensive, but I do like the perks of being able to go places while everyone's in school.) I realize these are minor, picky issues, and they will not determine whether I become a teacher or not. I just want to make sure I am prepared for the differences as I change from one work culture to another. Thanks in advance!