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Hi! New to this board
Fri, 07-21-2006 - 12:17pm

Hi, my name is Lindsey. I'm a 5th grade teacher, and expectant mom, from Northern California. I'm excited to start up the new school year soon (this will be my third year), but also sad that I will only make it through half of the year (my EDD is 1/30/07). I've heard how hard it is to be a teacher and a parent, so it will be interesting to see how I juggle everything once I go back for the 07-08 school year.

Nice to meet everyone!

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Fri, 07-21-2006 - 5:20pm

Welcome, Lindsey and congratulations on the new baby. If you are an organized teacher with a system for handling planning, prep and grading, then you will probably do fine. I went back to work two weeks after my first daughter to finish the last week of school. I was off six weeks with my second and came back to finish the last week of the year also. Finding a good day care provider that you can trust and communicate with is very important.



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Fri, 07-21-2006 - 5:28pm
Thanks for the advice Sherry. Even though I'm not a pro yet by any means, I feel more confident now that I have two years under my belt. I'm spending a lot of time this summer evaluating my system and doing a lot of prep. work for this coming school year (and beyond). I figure that this will really be my last time to have an uninterrupted summer of pure work, so I'm taking advantage! :-) I'm sure I'll have more questions as I embark on this new adventure!
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Fri, 07-21-2006 - 9:38pm

Good organization helps me manage my time. I don't grade everything, it's Kindergarten but I jot a lot of notes and unofficially assess them a couple times a week.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-21-2006 - 9:43pm

Hi Lindsey, welcome to the board and congrats on your new addition.

I had to learn the hard way. My first year of teaching I would bring a lot of things home to complete.


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 07-22-2006 - 4:49pm
Congrats on your upcoming foray into motherhood! welcome to the board!
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Mon, 07-24-2006 - 10:47am

Welcome, Welcome, WELCOME!!

*This is a joke, don't take it seriously*

You planned your pregnancy all wrong. You should have gotten pregnant in Sept so you could go the whole year, be off in the summer and come back without missing a beat. You will do better next time!! *lmao*

Seriously, congrats on the new addition. Be careful not to let the kids stress you. My friend has an eight month old and when she was pregnant at work last year, she had to sit alot by the end of the year and sometimes the kids would try and get silly, but she had alot of support from her colleagues so it wasn't so bad...

I've always thought that teaching was one of the few professions that was "mother friendly" mainly because it's such a female dominated field (although the top education people are men, why is that)...

Every school I have worked, if you had kids, especially a new baby, the principal was always understanding about it and very flexible...

Here's hoping all goes well with work and your pregnancy. Welcome to the board. We are glad to have you.


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 07-24-2006 - 3:47pm

Welcome a'board. Good luck with your pregnancy.


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Thu, 08-03-2006 - 2:35pm
Hi Lindsay! I am so happy for you and good luck with your new little one and this year! My name in Amy and I have been teaching 1st grade for 10 years now. I have 1 little boy, 22 months old, named Alex. I think you have the right idea doing a lot of prep work this summer and before school starts. The more the better. I sat in air cond. all summer while I was PG and cut things out, colored posters, and made word cards for all my making words lessons, as well as did lesson plans!! I was very happy I did this. But of course, my husband and I timed Alex perfectly--Sept.!!!! (Not really, but we had been TTC for a while). Some other things you may want to consider this year are having your students do as much grading of their own work as you can, and do not be afraid to throw out unimportant work (as in the trash-at home-it feels so good in stressful times). Also, purchase a stamp that says, "Cooperative Work" or "Done Together in Class" so you can immediately stamp work and send it home. And don't record everything!!!
GL and keep us posted on the beginning of the year and your PG!!!