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A Swinger of Birches

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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree
Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree

Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

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— 3 months ago with 254 notes
#Education  #Teaching  #Teacher  #This  #Accurate 
Good Day is Good.

 I got up early today and went to school. Usually, I get irritated with working on a day off, leave after twenty minutes, and end up unprepared and scattered at school. But I was inspired today. I stayed for two hours, got my entire room cleaned and organized, and got the materials for the first two days out and ready to go. Woo!! And I was finished early enough to still enjoy my day :)

I feel good about today’s food choices as well. I think it might stick this time, because I’m letting myself off the hook. No 587 step plans that I can’t possibly follow. No feeling like a failure when I don’t follow said 587 step plan. Just eating healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones. That’s it. It’s a great start.

Goodnight, lovely followers. I hope your day was fantastic as well!

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
#personal  #weight loss  #health  #work  #teaching 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had a really nice time ringing in the new year with just a couple of close friends. I even got a midnight kiss from Jared, and we’re going to pretend that it was simple and platonic, like it should be.

Today began my new mission to simply be happy. I didn’t feel particularly motivated to do anything crazy productive, so I lounged and napped and watched television. And I gave myself permission not to feel guilty or lazy. That was a nice change.

Today also started my weight loss stuff. It went well. I still have a lot of mental changes to make, but the eating healthy part was right on target today. And it was fun  to fix food that I know is good for me and that I can feel good about eating.

Tomorrow begins a marathon of cleaning and school work. I need to get ready for the kids to come back. I’ve had a stressful year, and I want to really look at what I need to change to make sure the rest of the year is better. I have a hard time accepting that I’m not doing something as well as I should be, the know-it-all in me has a hard time getting over my pride. But some things just aren’t working for me at this new school, and I need to fix them.

Here’s to intentional living. Hope everyone else had a great New Year celebration!

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
#new year  #weight loss  #teaching  #personal  #rambling 

Teachers:

I’m in a rut. I’m in a school with a negative atmosphere, and it’s getting to me. I need some encouragement, because I’m starting to feel helpless and defeated. What do you do to boost yourself back up when you start buying into the negative crap?

— 7 months ago
#education  #help  #teaching  #teachers  #positive thoughts needed 
I HAVE A JOB.

So I haven’t been public about this, because I was not in a good place. I didn’t want to advertise my struggle and the terrible freak outs I had over it. BUT- at the end of last school year, my department was cut from 6 science teachers to 5. I was last hired, so I was let go. This was strictly budgetary, and I had a very reassuring talk with my wonderful former principal about her helping me any way she could.

This summer was AWFUL. I was panicked, sick to my stomach, couldn’t sleep scared about not having a job. I own my home, so I couldn’t just pick up and leave at a moment’s notice, nor do I want to. I went on several interviews that turned out to be courtesy interviews, as the principals already hired from within the building. I applied out of county, but didn’t want to leave because I am one year away from establishing tenure here. On Monday, I was offered a job in Louisville. While it meant losing my tenure, it was a good job at a good school, and I was relieved.

Today, I was offered a position in my county. Teaching Social Studies! I AM SO EXCITED. I’ve wanted to teach Soc. Stu. FOREVER. I am so happy to spend the rest of my summer getting ready for this new and exciting adventure, and to receiving my tenure at the end of this year so that it doesn’t happen again.

Tonight, I’m sending good vibes out to everyone who is in the same position I’ve been in the last two months. It’s awful, and we all deserve some peace.

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #tenure  #job hunting 
Life Reflected: girlwithalessonplan: playpretending: I can’t forget what I saw today;... →

girlwithalessonplan:

playpretending:

I can’t forget what I saw today; so many teachers punish their students for their own shortcomings. It is their own fault when they can’t manage their classrooms, and then they take away privileges and talk down to their students. Great teachers…

(Source: thisdelicatereprieve)

— 1 year ago with 242 notes
#education  #teaching  #teachers  #classroom management  #discipline