May I join the group?

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Registered: 07-08-2007
May I join the group?
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Fri, 08-22-2008 - 6:42pm
Hello everyone,
I'm a High School teacher of 15 years and I'm interested in joining your group. I have two children and have been married for 13 years. I start back on Monday and am feeling kind of overwhelmed this year. My youngest is two and is very active and I just finished my doctorate in education last Winter. I had to prep for a new course this summer and feel I need almost another month to be ready to go. I usually have lots of energy to go back but I think having my youngest and finishing my degree really drained me. I guess I'm just looking for a place to talk to other teachers that know what it's like to teach. I've read lots of your posts and everyone seems really supportive.
Thanks!
Sarah
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 08-23-2008 - 12:07pm

Hi!


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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 08-23-2008 - 2:03pm

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Of course you can join. We love having new members with new ideas and new experience.


I think you're on overload right now and just need to relax a little in spite of all you have to do. If you just finished your doctorate and have a two year old you've had a really busy, stressful couple of years. I'm guessing you're a real driven perfectionist, and I relate. It took me a while to learn what was

Sherry

 

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Registered: 07-08-2007
Sun, 08-24-2008 - 4:34pm
Thanks Sherry and Pam for your replies! I teach in a public high schools and I'm prepping to teach Forensics. It's a new course and I will be the only one teaching it at our HS. Although it draws on my Biology background much of the material in new to me. I got my doctorate in Ed Administration so eventually I would like to do something in that area. It means going from 185 days to 225 days a year and that would be tough w/ my little ones. However, I spend much of my summers prepping anyway. I wrote my dissertation on job satisfaction levels of nontenured teachers going through our state's mentoring system. Teachers in less affluent areas of our state reported low levels of job satisfaction and low levels of mentoring assistance. My state has now finished w/ it's mentoring program based on some of these findings and is currently working on a replacement program. I know how hard teachers work so I wanted to join your group to swap stories. It's so hard to explain this to my husband b/c he's not a teacher and doesn't understand what we go through.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sun, 08-24-2008 - 5:32pm
I understand completely. When I went back to school the last time I'd had my masters for 18 years. In that time I'd worked with a lot of administrators and I wanted to know what in the world they were teaching them. That finally drove me back to school. I did administration with an emphasis in instructional design and curriculum because I really wanted to be a curriculum director, not a principal. As for the 225 days and the extra hours I think someone in my district figured that with the extra days and all the hours spent after school
Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Sun, 08-24-2008 - 5:39pm

Hi. I'm Beth. I taught in AZ for a year on emergency certification, then later got a NY certificate, and now I am in school to get one for Ontario (they have different requirements.) I teach music, and have subbed for many years. Welcome!

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Beth "Petrouchka"