Saying hello also!

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Saying hello also!
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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 6:41pm

I'll be going back to teaching after a 9 year hiatus from the profession. After teaching several years, I went back to school full-time to get my masters in school psychology and worked briefly in that field before taking time off to have some kids. My kids are almost 6, 4 1/2, and almost 3 and will all be in school full time this coming school year, so I am going back to work. I got a job teaching 4-5grade at my oldest son's school this coming year and I'm super excited! Also a little nervous- virtually my entire teaching career was focused on Preschool-1st grade. This will definitely be a change ;)

Anyway- hello!

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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 6:55pm

My plan had been to go back to school to be a school psychologist but I really don't think so now. What kind of job did you do and how did you like it?


I don't want to stay in the classroom forever but really don't know about "admisistration." I'm Kindergarten ESE. I'd be so out of place teaching higher than 3rd grade. Good luck with 4 & 5th this year. :)



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Thu, 07-06-2006 - 7:42pm

Welcome to the board! I also had a very long "maternity leave". I taught special ed for 5 years and then became pregnant with my oldest dd and didn't return to teaching until my youngest was 4.(I have 3 kids.) I was home for 10 years! In the interim, I went back to school and got my MLS and I now work as a high school librarian.

My first few weeks of working full time I thought I would die from exhaustion but, it is amazing what you can get used to. Best of luck to you. You are very lucky to be working so close to home.

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Fri, 07-07-2006 - 3:39am

I think more and more I'm looking forward to the older grades- in part because my own younger kids are stressing me out- lol! I look forward to kids who are a little more independent and where I can focus on a higher level of understanding. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself ;)

I enjoyed being a school psychologist. The district where I worked had the system of school based psychs. I had 3 schools that I was partially or totally responsible for. I liked getting to know the school and having my office based at the school. Here, they have a totally different system that looks like less fun and less hands-on (more administrative and supervisory). I looked for psych jobs here anyway (the pay is much higher), but apparently they weren't hiring in this area. I had tons of calls from areas that were an hour or more away, but I wasn't willing to go in the opposite direction from where my kids were. The school psych jobs were also full time/full year, so I will get to spend more time with my kids as a teacher.

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Fri, 07-07-2006 - 3:45am
Thanks! I'm actually working an hour from home, but since all my kids go to school right there (or across the street), it'll be much easier than it was when I had to drive one that way back and forth every day ;) I'll see my oldest son more this year than I did the last two years :)
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Fri, 07-07-2006 - 5:49pm

I love the older kids! Of course my students are now 20 or older, but when I was in K-12, the intermediate grades were so great for several of the reasons you mentioned below. They can think, solve problems, and develop such great understandings and abilities. The products they can produce are wonderful. I loves science , reading, and social studies at that level. The novels, experiements, and research are so much fun. I bet you'll like it once you get over being exhauted and feeling that you're totally unprepared and have a million things to do. Once you get your body adjusted and get a planning/management system, the topics and possibilities will draw you in.


Best wishes,


Sherry

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Fri, 07-07-2006 - 7:10pm

Thanks Sherry!

I wish I could get into the classroom asap (hopefully next week) and see the curriculum so I can better prepare. I'm really happy with the amazing resources out there on the web (they weren't out there when I first started teaching-lol!) and all the virtual classrooms out there. It's definitely strange getting my mind wrapped around teaching again and I know it'll be a strange adjustment (I'll miss my hour of *me* time in the middle of the day-lol), but I'm getting really excited. Just wish I had more time to prepare!