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|Sun, 07-06-2003 - 2:26pm|
I've done licensed in-home childcare for infants/toddlers for over 20yrs (maybe there's something in that as to why I have a preference for the HSers these days), will be 50 next month (aren't I supposed to be thinking about retiring at this point in my life!!), am down to almost the last of our 5 children at home w/S13 starting HS & S16 starting university in August, & am quite realistic about the realities of being in the profession, but I am enjoying being in the classrooms working w/the kids especially when I see them enuf to get a chance to know them & they've gotten to know me. Haven't truly decided if it's really worth the headaches of being a F/T teacher or if I may remain a permanent substitute fixture in our districts (I've been at the HS so regularly they included me in last years yearbook in the Staff section), but I'm still "green" enuf I'm learning all the time. I've taken on a couple long term jobs both of which entailed being thrown into a classroom where the teacher abruptly quit so I was baptized by fire into lesson plans, quarter & semester grading reports, classroom management, etc. - tho the 2 month position the teacher did leave a basic lesson plan to finish out the semester. My oldest D27 has been a 6th grade teacher in So. CA going into her 4th yr, is working on finishing her Masters degree this next year, & due to make me a 1st-time G'ma next February.
I've been around iVillage for several years starting w/research or more asppropriately support as I learned how to navigate the public school system w/my gifted now S16. Discovered the Gifted School-Age Children board & slowly branched out from there to Day Care Providers, Surviving High School, Surviving Middle School, Building Websites for Beginners, Well-Being: Ages 43-57, & Moms in School. This looks like a perfect place to help me be more successful at what I'm doing. Do you mind if I join your discussions even if I'm not "officially" a teacher?