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samiam
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There, I feel better.

School starts on Monday...

--S
missladyj
I started on Tuesday. My schedule is good my classes sizes are pretty small. I don't have a class with more than 23 kids and I don't teach the last period of the day. then yesterday due to the torrential rains school was cancelled!!! I couldn't believe it. So happy three day weekend to me!
zelda
first day tomorrow!!!! i start my third year. i feel like i should be nervous, but i'm not. not that i'm a pro by any means. smile.gif

i'm simultaneously working on my masters in ed this year as well...i think i'm more nervous about that!!! (the workload)

happy first day everybody!
missladyj
it happens every fall. MY FEET HURT.

I am not used to all of the standing and running around I do all day.

I am used to lounging by the pool, staying out late, and drinking lots of beer.
zelda
miss lady, i know JUST what you mean. i spent a good hour on the couch when i got home just rubbing my feet. it *does* happen every fall. OUCH.

my kids are pretty good so far. (key words being "so far")... tee hee

it's hard to get back into the groove, but at the same time kinda fun.
LoveMyPugs
QUOTE(missladyj @ Aug 29 2007, 06:45 PM) *
it happens every fall. MY FEET HURT.

I am not used to all of the standing and running around I do all day.

I am used to lounging by the pool, staying out late, and drinking lots of beer.


missladyj - I know what you mean. I'm not that active in the summer either, lounging around all the time myself as well. Thursday afternoon I arrived at school. I thought I was running late so i walked briskly from the parking lot across campus to my classroom. When I arrived there I realized I had enough time to run to the cafateria and get a drink. So, I dropped my bookbag and walked back across campus to the cafateria and got a vitamin water. Then I walked back across campus to my classroom. Then when we started working I realized I left my safty glasses in the car. So I walked back across campus to the parking lot to get them. Then I walked back across campus again to my classroom. This class in particular is a shop class and we stand a lot using machines. By the time this class was over and I headed back across campus again to the parking lot I was really looking foward to sitting in the car for 35 minutes on the ride back home. Once I got home I had to walk up a flight of stairs to get into my house, then up another flight of stairs to go change and then back down the stairs to eat dinner, then back up the stairs to go to bed. Yeah, I was tired that night.
missladyj
I say the same thing every summer. That I am gonna work out so much more but then I wanna have fun.

I like going back to school because it helps me keep my workout regiment. So the 10 pounds I gained this summer will hopefully come off again.
laurenann
i know school has only been in for a week but i am HATING my first year of teaching. i'm a special education teacher, but i haven't gotten the ieps for all of my students. these kids have serious learning and behavior problems and i don't want to just guess about what to do for them. i know next to nothing about these kids, even the ones who are older, because all the other teachers can tell me is that they are "lazy" or "a lot of work." they are all different ages and supposed to be working on different things but they are all totally unable to work independently or in a group, and i obviously can't work one to one with all of them all the time. i need to beg for grade level curriculum materials, my special education materials are all decades old, and did i mention that my room doesn't even have internet access? what was i thinking taking this job?! i am young and idealistic, but this is ridiculous. ARGH!!! i need some perspective, please.
missladyj
Do you work for CPS?

I have to say the first three years of teaching are always the most difficult. You will find that there are people there who have given up on really trying to do whats best for kids. And there are people who do some amazing things despite the institutional road blocks. Find the latter and learn what you can from them.


YOu are working with a population of students who need the most help we can give them but usually recieve the least. They need someone like you to advocate for their needs.

Is there someone you can talk to about getting their IEPs? Seek that person out and don't stop asking for what you need until you get it.


good luck!!
zelda
laurenann, hang in there...i'm in my third year and i still get bogged down and frustrated by the paperwork, red tape, and general insanity that is part of public education. when i think about the money spent on useless things and then you work your ass off advocating for your kids only to get nowhere.

the squeaky wheel gets the grease...whine until you are heard. whine and complain. it's all worth it when you connect with a kid.

i lost it on a kid friday and yelled my head off...i hate when i lose control like that (even tho the kid was a little punk!)...the deal is i am too involved on my campus this year in addition to trying to get my masters in ed, and i am just way stressed. i need to check myself. and i've also got to learn to say NO to my coworks and administrators who are asking me to do 400 extra things in addition to this little thing called teaching my students!

miss lady j are you in chicago? used to live there...now i'm in texas (houston). another huge animal of a school district!

laurenann
yeah, i work for cps. i'm not sure that i have it in me to work with these little kids. it isn't really what i wanted to do in the first place. i suddenly relocated to chicago in august and needed to find a job and was offered this gig at the cps job fair. guess i'll hang in there. i know it will get better (how can it get worse??) but i'm not feeling very optimistic.

missladyj
zelda,
I live in Chicago but work in the suburbs.

So far this school year has been okay. I was expecting it to be horrible because last year was so bad but so far it's been okay. just okay.
zelda
i miss chicago. texas is great, but i miss chicago.

laurenann, keep in mind that teaching may be for you, but you might need to work with older kids. i work with middle school kids and as god is my witness, if i had to work with little kids i would become a true alcoholic. no way. NO WAY. i don't particularly like little kids. some people say the same thing about working with middle school kids or high school kids...you have to find your niche. so keep that in mind.

teaching isn't for everyone, but if you feel like it might be a right match, give it a chance. i think it's the only job i could do longterm. i hate office-y jobs/cubicle jobs. teaching keeps me up and moving and the days fly, and every day i find at least one thing about it that's worthwhile. even if it's just helping a crying 7th grader get over her first crush or whatever.
missladyj
I finally found a pair of shoes that don't hurt my feet .

http://www.dansko.com/Product_Detail.aspx?...202&VID=582

these but patten leather. sooo comfy!
missladyj
So I have been working on my master's degree part time in Educational Media with a Media Literacy concentration. I have been teaching media literacy in my Science and society class and quietly doing my own thing. Hangin out in my classroom with my rat, and basically only dealing with people who teach Physical Science with me because I am the team leader and have been dubbed Queen Phy Sci. I also am a misanthrope.

For a class I took this summer, I have to do a presentation and write a self reflection. So I asked my API ( assistant principle of instruction) if I could do a presentation for parents on media literacy and internet safety. Then my API asks me to do a presentation for teachers at my school,and another presentation for teachers at other schools in Jan.


I am excited to share with others what I have learned but it means that my days of doin my own thing , in obscurity are over and I am really putting myself out there. I don't know how I feel about this. I just hope my presentation won't suck.

the presentation is monday
treehugger
Yeah, so I'm not much of a teacher...but I have been "selected" to teach night school for our apprentices in "computer science" (basically how to navigate XP) laugh.gif

It'll start next week, Jan. 16.

But, I've never stood before a class before and actually tried to "teach" anybody. These will be young adults, but in a weird dynamic since they're apprentices, and our local union has a very "military" attitude towards apprentices/journeyman relations. They seriously infantilize these people.

(I remember back when I was an apprentice, our instructor was late one day, so we were all hanging outside the classroom, and the apprenticeship coordinator gave us all an "unexcused tardy" because we were not SITTING IN OUR SEATS). And these are people aged 29 at the YOUNGEST. Gah. And another student had a HEART ATTACK and was hospitalized and missed a night class, and again, the apprenticeship coordinator gave him an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. Three of those and you're out.

I'll be working for said apprenticeship coordinator.

Any hints or tips on walking the line between coordinator and student without seeming like a terrible "nazi"? Also, general motivational tips?
sexysandee
mad.gif I am so angry today!!!

I have been teaching for the past 8 years and this is the first year that I am co-teaching.
I am certified special education and our district is moving to full inclusion; which is fine. I am co-teaching English I....
I work in a school that is 99% Hispanic (All Mexican American...no Cuban, no anything else)
I too am Hispanic and so is the lady that I co-teach with.

We are reading To Kill a Mockingbird....The book deals with a lot of race issues.
She drives me insane because she still says things like "white trash" and makes many racial slurs. I think she does it with out thinking, but it is driving me insane.

sad.gif Thank you, I just needed to vent.
nickclick
sexysandee, that is so inappropriate! would you feel comfortable reporting her? and how would it be received?

i'm not a teacher, but mr.nick is, as well as a bunch of my friends, and one of them used to teach in a low-income urban district, where stuff like that would fly all the time. if she would complain, the admin would give her this kind of 'we have bigger/more immediate problems' shrug. mr.nick works in a middle-class predom white district, where a teacher would have all kinds of hell for much less. i'm not trying to make generalizations; i'm just describing the difference. in my opinion, any of the more immediate problems of low-income districts would be helped if attitudes like your co-workers were quickly squashed, much more than in higher income districts.
sexysandee
I just might have to report her...she is so clueless to on goings of the world
samiam
Ahhhhhh! I am SO sick of mediocrity! Whether it is my lazy ass students, who seem to think that doing ANYTHING is too much, or the utterly useless district "consultants" whose only advice is, "no," I am sick of it!

Done. Simply, done...
octobersky
Snow Day!! Snow Day!!! yay!!!! biggrin.gif

This makes me really happy 'cause the kids yesterday were INSANE. A couple of my girls (and these are college prep seniors) were so unbelievably whiney!!! I could have strangeled them. And another one of my girls got snippy and pissy with me and stormed out of the room, I was going to have to talk to her about it today, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

At least I have today to get caught up on all my grading and paperwork.
sexysandee
QUOTE(octobersky @ Feb 12 2008, 11:07 AM) *
Snow Day!! Snow Day!!! yay!!!! biggrin.gif

This makes me really happy 'cause the kids yesterday were INSANE. A couple of my girls (and these are college prep seniors) were so unbelievably whiney!!! I could have strangeled them. And another one of my girls got snippy and pissy with me and stormed out of the room, I was going to have to talk to her about it today, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

At least I have today to get caught up on all my grading and paperwork.



Lucky, I have never even seen snow mad.gif
aquagirl3
Hi,
Anyone going to the National Science Teacher's Association Convention in New Orleans, Mar. 19-22? I'm looking to share a hotel room. Email me! meganthaler AT gmail DOT com.
missladyj
I am happy to see this thread has been resurrected. It's why I joined the lounge in the first place!

I won't be going to the conference aquagirl, I am a science teacher. I am getting ready to figure out how many hours I need to get a new certification to teach Health.

Oh and for the past two days I haven't had to go to work because it has be TOO FUCKING COLD!! it has been a nice break.
hellcat
I can't wait to vent here when I get a job. Fingers crossed! I just finished my last stint of student teaching, had an interview with the local school board, and now I wait. I forked over $200 for my provincial teaching certificate and am now waiting for them to do whatever it is that they do to say I am certified.

The school I did my final student teaching at wants to have me back to cover a 2-6week sick leave. I'm pumped to take the job but it would also mean I would be teaching in a Christian program (within public school). I am not a Christian and I don't know how much this matters. Already with the ethical problems ! The assistant principal knows I'm coming from a non-Christian background so I feel like I've done my part. Oh, I don't know! I NEED the job.

I did my degree in elementary ed and so far think I'd like to teach grade 4. If I had it my way I would teach homeroom 1/2 day and 1/2 day teach French to the 4-6s. This school board has a mandatory second language initiative going. All students must take a second lang. starting in grade 4 and being in Canada French is a popular one!

Missladyj- I love your long term goal re: media literacy. If only I knew that my high school teachers could have been as cool as all you BUSTies!
missladyj
Hellcat,
good luck. I think it is awesome that you teach language so early.

I finished my media literacy degree last spring and have been doing alot of staff development since then which has been great. We are so behind the 8-ball in media literacy compared to Canada and Britian. I use alot of resources from Canada's media awareness network.
octobersky
Hey all, I have my teaching degree grades 4-9 in language arts and social studies and I'm on my second year of being unemployed as a teacher.

Here's what I'm asking - do any of you all know where I could apply for teaching positions? I have applied all over Ohio (where I live) Louisville KY, Austin TX, San Diego CA and Seattle WA last year and got nowhere. Any other ideas of where I could apply? I have no interest in the Carolina's, Florida or the Vegas areas. I'm at a loss, secondly if I go another year without a teaching position I lose my Ohio license and have to go back for more schooling, I'm getting desparate at this point....
crazyoldcatlady
octobersky, my sister is an unemployed middle-childhood teacher (same grades, but in science) in OH too, and she's getting royally fucked. Basically because of the brief and random change in licensure requirements when she was training (i.e., early vs. middle childhood etc; now they want k-12), the retire-rehire bs, and the fact that's she's in the process of getting her masters AS PER LAW and yet still "overqualified", she's about to throw in the towel. She can't move out of state, and I really feel for her, and how frustrated she is. She's got student loans to boot.

I know Virginia is throwing money at teachers, and Maine/New England has positions readily available.

octobersky
Crazy - I know Ohio really fucked over their teachers. I've been running into the same thing - I've seen districts post positions asking for K-12 or 1-12 completely screwing us who have our K-3 or 4-9. It seems that unless you know someone well in whatever Ohio district you are applying to, you're screwed as well. Nepotism reigns supreme here in the Buckeye state!!

I can move out of state, but even other states don't seem to want us Ohio teachers. I'm a bit overqualified as I have two BA's so the schools would have to pay me as a "bachelors +" scale. It sucks donkey balls. Oh yeah I have a MOUNTAIN of student loans as well. I totally feel for your sister ((hugs)) to her. I applied to several districts in Virginia and got nowhere as well sad.gif don't know who they are throwing money at.

The kicker is I graduated with a high GPA, scored well above average on my Praxis tests, have fairly extensive subbing experience and five excellent letters of recommendation <----- this wasn't put here to brag, just that these are what I would consider good points about my professional experience. I don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong here!!

Maybe your sister and I should get together and comiserate...... wink.gif
crazyoldcatlady
QUOTE
It seems that unless you know someone well in whatever Ohio district you are applying to, you're screwed as well. Nepotism reigns supreme here in the Buckeye state!!



that's exactly one of the other big things she's told me. you and my sis are actually in a similar boat, b/c she has two bachelors too, adding to her problems. i talked to her last night, and said i was "reading on a discussion board" about similar "ohio education woes", and she's like, "finally! i'm not crazy!"

octobersky
No your sister isn't crazy, Ohio is really bad that way. I've been told that if you have science and math that you are more viable, but since your sister is science then that blows that theory. Ohio totally screwed their teachers over with the licensing. I'm a bit bitter and angry about it, can you tell?

It's so bad for teachers where I live - I've been on the sub list since September and have only worked a handful of days. I just took a dead-end call center job to help ends meet until something in the teaching field opens up. I hate it because I really do enjoy teaching and interacting with students. Though there are some days I'd like to hand some students out to dry but the highs are way better than the lows dry.gif I miss being in the classroom.

I'm at a loss as how to become gainfully employed as a teacher...
missladyj
Octobersky.
that sucks!!!! I can't imagine how frustrated you must be! I am in Illinois and haven't encountered stories like that. I do know that school districts look to hire people with just a bachelors degree because they can pay them less. At my school they are not hiring any new teachers.

My first thought for you is to check out Indiana or even Chicago Public Schools. Good luck!!
sexysandee
Oh my goodness ladies... I thought I had it bad, but I should be appreciative of the fact that I am living and working in Texas.

I hope things get better real soon for all of you
crazyoldcatlady
sandee's back! smile.gif
hellcat
I am getting so frustrated waiting for my province to send out my certification! I'd like to start subbing asap so I can get in the "system". I'm also thinking of applying for a teacher assistant position (only because I don't have a lot of experience) in Germany. It would be an enlish immersion program (phorms.de)...decisions decisons.
Any Busties teach overseas?

I'll wish for y'all needing it at 11:11 for employment luck!
thirtiesgirl
I'd say try Los Angeles to the teachers in Ohio...except that LAUSD is currently facing major budget cuts and the whole California State education system is losing money. I may not be able to keep my counseling job. Have you maybe considered trying private, rather than public schools? You might not get paid as much, but at least you'd be paid, and you'd only keep the job for a year or so, until you're able to find a better public school job.
octobersky
QUOTE(thirtiesgirl @ Feb 1 2009, 12:12 PM) *
I'd say try Los Angeles to the teachers in Ohio...except that LAUSD is currently facing major budget cuts and the whole California State education system is losing money. I may not be able to keep my counseling job. Have you maybe considered trying private, rather than public schools? You might not get paid as much, but at least you'd be paid, and you'd only keep the job for a year or so, until you're able to find a better public school job.


Well I did try San Diego because I actually have some contacts in the district but yeah those budget cuts are killer.

I have looked into private schools, but the ones I have found want you to have a least two years teaching experience. Nice catch-22, huh? I suppose they want someone with a proven track record and all or someone who isn't just a 22 year old kid - (I don't mean this with any disrespect) that they have to mold into a more a professional. I have 10 years of corporate experience in training and development but that doesn't seem to count for anything. I think the schools are being choosy now because they can; the market is overrun with teachers.

Sandee I did apply to several districts in Austin TX but it seems unless you went to a Texas university or are from Texas they don't want you. I was flat out told by Round Rock that they don't hire from out of state - they weren't interested in someone with an Ohio degree. Funny thing is I checked the RR district website in October and they still had vacant teaching positions like 75+ - wtf?
sexysandee
I am not teaching In School Suspension... they say it's because I have a way with troubled children ohmy.gif
missladyj
Sandee,
I am confused? how do you teach in school suspension?
hellcat
I just got my first subbing position! It will be mornings for at least 2 weeks. I should be thrilled but I am stupid nervous. I'm used to div II kids, I'm comfy with gr. 4s and the such. I got called in for a pre-K class. I will be in charge of 16 four year olds. I need to learn silly fun songs asap! Internet here I come!
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