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Registered: 11-02-2009
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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 11:38am
Hi all! I am a new (first time mom) with a 7 week old baby girl. I am going back to work at the end of January, and I am very emotional about it. I don't want to put my daughter in daycare, but more than that I do not look forward to returning to my class. I have a very challenging class this year, and before I left to have my baby I came home crying most nights. I'm sure some of it was due to pregnancy hormones, but not all of it. Basically, it seems that since I work hard for my kids and have handled difficult children well in the past, this year admin decided to put ALL the children with behavior problems in my room. Literally. On top of that, I also have a ton of kids who need extensive academic intervention. Before i left, I finally proved to my principal that it was physically impossible for me to meet the time requirements and group size requirements for all of those kids. You can't do 2 and a half hours of extra instruction in groups of 2 or less for 9 students! Anyway, i have resigned myself that I am not going to be teacher of the year this year, I'm just going to get through and do the best that I can for my kids. Still, I'm overwhelmed thinking of the time I usually spend planning and trying to do that with a newborn. Any tips for handling going back to teaching with a baby? My DH also teaches, so staying home isn't an option for me. We can't live on his income alone. I have spent a huge part of my time this year trying to think of what I could do besides teaching, and I wasn't able to come up with anything that would pay enough. So, teaching it is, but how??
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Registered: 11-05-2006
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 1:10pm

I am not going to sugar coat it; going back to work is hard.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 7:08pm

Welcome to the Teachers' Circle!