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I Am a Teacher

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    girlon3rdfloorsuite9 girlon3rdfloorsuite9 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    Ok, here's the background: I nanny 24/7,

    homeschool seven kids, ages 3 to 15/prek to 9th, and the kids' education has been sporadic and either superior or uninspiring. Getting the kids interested in my biggest hurdle, as once they decide to like something, they want to do more outside of the set school hours. We just...
    rosemarydanjou rosemarydanjou 26-30 1 Response Jan 4

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    i loved being a teacher

    until i lost my director .She was a nun .. i hated the job and the school after her . i am working without my soul ..i feel so lonely ..
    margreta margreta 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    I'm in school for elementary education.

    Any advice from teachers would be great! I have only taught 1 lesson and while the kids didn't make me nervous the teacher did. I have to do more like this and everybody loved my lesson but people in charge make me nervous.
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 12

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    Controlling The Uncontrollable

    Every year I see coming into my classroom a group of children with behavioural and learning issues that pose a challenge to the functioning of the class. Over the years I have come to summarise this cluster of symptoms in a particular way that I find helpful in terms of finding...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 37 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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    Mrs. J.

    Since the new school year is just about to start, my thoughts naturally gravitate to my job. Today I’d like to tell you about my boss, the principal of our school. She definitely deserves to be heard of. When I first came to work here, my friends told me various things about...
    touchOFspring touchOFspring 36-40, F 14 Responses Aug 29, 2011

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    Just finished grading four different sets of

    tests in one sitting. It took me about four hours after school and I'm exhausted but happy they are done. Now that I'm done with district tests, it's on to end of quarter tests....so.many.tests!
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 2 Responses May 6

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    Who I Am

    I am a teacher. It is who I am regardless of what anyone else may think.For a while I was a "teacher". I used to teach music. Yet, it wasn't music that I loved to teach. I loved teaching. I loved to teach students about life, about the world. I loved watching them grow and learn...
    KnightBlade KnightBlade 36-40, M 4 Responses Mar 20, 2013

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    Demoralised

    I have posted this story under a different title in another group but  wanted to post it here as well. I work in a place that was badly wanted by a lot of people. I am a teacher in an independent school.  The parents of the children who go to this school made huge sacrifices...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 6 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    I am about to go into my second year

    as a kinder teacher. I love it! My family thought I would end up teaching high school but I cannot imagine teaching anyone but my little ones.
    threeforagirl threeforagirl 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    "Find something you love to do

    and you’ll never have to work a day in your life" I'm a primary teacher of English. What about you???? :)
    andoni13 andoni13 22-25, M 5 Responses Jun 22

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    Rewards Of The Profession

    When I think of great teachers, teachers who are famous for having profoundly influenced someone's life, it is often in relation to someone who had special learning needs.  One thinks of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher.  Or others whose names I cannot remember, like the...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 11 Responses Mar 6, 2012

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    I just completed my certification a few months

    ago and I'm very excited to find my first teaching job for next school year. I would love to teach kindergarten as that's where I student taught, but I'm applying to pretty much every job I see pre-k to. 2nd grade.
    MaryEve MaryEve 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 7

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    1st Year Art Teacher!!!

    I just finished my first year teaching high school art.  I teach at a charter/alternative school in South East Houston (2nd ward).  It is in a gang area, these kids are all at-risk, and I love it!  Those kids are so underrated.  I thought most of them were...
    amahler amahler 26-30, F 4 Responses May 28, 2010

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    Aren't Teachers Just Glorified Babysitters?

    Read this to the end... it's sarcastic!Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, causing recession, and so we have to take the money from elsewhere because of these greedy teachers, their massive salaries are a drain on society, and they only work for what? 9 or 10 months a...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 12, 2013

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    I am a teacher for individuals with

    intellectual disabilities and would love to continue if the teaching world was not full of politics and corruption.
    kymikal kymikal 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    Ignorance Vs. Stupidity

    In my career, I have come to learn that there is a difference between being ignorant and being stupid. Ignorance is far more easier to handle because a lack of knowledge can be quickly remedied. Stupidity is more difficult because it deals with the reasoning ability of a person...
    sensuousbull sensuousbull 46-50, M 6 Responses Aug 21, 2012

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    Why I Have Co-operation And Harmony In My Classroom

    All my students do their Homework.  They all get to school on time.  They are impeccably polite and respectful in their address.  Their bookwork is exemplary.  On excursions we always receive compliments. I am not saying these things to boast or have...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 16 Responses Feb 21, 2010

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    I Hate Your Kid.

    Your kid is a *****. She's loud, annoying, mean and she isn't even smart. Now that I've heard you go on and on about how great she is, I know where she gets it from.
    eekimateacher eekimateacher 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 25, 2013

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    Learned Something

    Grading can be such a chore sometimes. Today though, I read an awesome essay! It talked about the importance of going out of your way to take care of other people. The student who wrote it used lots of personal examples of times he'd helped people, and times he didn't. One...
    FreyaFire FreyaFire 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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    Ugh!!! Why is it when my class has a make up

    work day that my supervisor chooses to come do an informal evaluation but when I am teaching he is no where in sight? Ugh!!!
    sapphire601 sapphire601 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 31

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    I'd love to chat with a female teacher

    that loves to wear high heels while she teaches 😜
    Afroman22 Afroman22 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 5

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    Satisfaction And Frustration

    I find it amazing that some lessons exceed my expectations with one class and utterly bomb with another. Yesterday I did not think the class discussion would evolve the way it did. I enjoyed letting the class dictate as I was able to facilitate their thoughts and continue to...
    Husker97 Husker97 36-40, M 7 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    Weirdest thing I've ever been told on open

    house night (which was tonight) : " Just wanted you to know that he may have a hard time the first week of school. Last year on the first day he ran around the classroom on all fours yelling "IM A TIGER!" And biting the legs of the other children" You just can't make this...
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    A Classroom Teacher's Authority Is Sacrosanct

    Our authority in the classroom is given to us by the parents of the children we teach. They are the ones who have authority, and therefore responsibility, for their children.  For six hours or so of every day those parents confer their authority upon us.  We are deemed worthy...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 5 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    Well a student teacher.

    I've just looked at an old picture of my class that I only took for 6 weeks over a year ago and I can still remember every name. Why am I retaining this information! ?
    TheMagicMan66 TheMagicMan66 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 7

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    Classroom Management

    Anyone who is a teacher has heard the phrase, “Classroom Management.” I for one am getting tired of hearing it because I believed it is being abused by administrators that do not want to do their jobs. The concept of classroom management is a good concept. If it were...
    sensuousbull sensuousbull 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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    A Golden Moment

    In my Grade Three class I have a child who is rather special. He has epilepsy and is also autistic; he is on an individual learning plan for most of his subjects.  When he was younger he missed a lot of school due to being very ill with his epilepsy.  Now he is on a medication...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 4 Responses Jul 25, 2012

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    It's All About The Children *sigh*

    I went on a course these last two days. I was 'taught' how to be a good leader. Actually, I was given lots of paperwork to read through and talked at like I was a child by a woman who's been out of teaching for many years.6! Anyway...one of the things we talked about was finding...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 8 Responses Sep 18, 2010

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    Called to Make a Difference

    I'm a junior in high school, I think I want to be a high school english teacher.  I have had so many teachers that have made such an impact on me, and I don't want that impact to stop here, I want to be able to pass it on to the rest of the world.  I want to be able to...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2007

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    The Things Kids Say... : D

    All of a sudden while teaching a 7 year old girl with special needs, she started laughing.  I asked her, "What's so funny?"  She was reluctant to sharing, but eventually said, "My brother (who is 4 by the way) has a friend who said that Barack Obama kills babies.  ...
    anon8753 anon8753 26-30 2 Responses Jul 2, 2010

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    I always think this will make people just hang

    up straight away. I came to the job quite late, but wouldnt swap.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 13

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    The Most Dangerous Job In the World

    My principal was horrible, the hours were crazy, the boss was uncooperative at best, the parents were ignorant, the pay was lousy... but I never thought about those. Only when I was reminiscing about it with an old friend did I realise I really did survive...
    june1999 june1999 31-35, F 41 Responses Jan 8, 2009

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    English Lit

    I teach English Literature to 10.11, 12 grade students. Love the class. I don't always love the students unfortunately!
    Niomi1986 Niomi1986 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 12, 2013

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    I am French. At the current moment in time I

    teach English as a language to French students. I am also planning to become a teacher in Britain and teach French as a language. I have recently started to teach French at an English school as a trial type of thing. To get an idea on how the experience will be. I have to admit...
    Wattouat Wattouat 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    wolfman05 wolfman05 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    Hi everyone, I am not a teacher

    but I could use some teacher advice. So I am in high school and I have a lot going on in my life right now. I have a teacher that I really trust and I could use someone to talk to. Would it be okay to talk to her? If so, how do I approach her without seeming weird or clingy? She...
    lauramusua lauramusua 13-15, F 7 Responses Feb 7

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    There's Discipline, And There's Discipline

    In my previous story on EP in this group, "Controlling the Uncontrollable" I wrote about strategies that can be used to help establish a happy and calm working environment in a classroom with children who have learning difficulties. There are the little bushfires that happen in...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    I teach kindergarten at a local private school,

    the place I went to elementary. I love the kids there. Even the five and four year olds I work with are polite and usually quiet. My coworkers think a couple of the boys in my class have a crush on me though, and one of them has already asked me to marry him! Kindergartners are...
    thecki thecki 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    For those like myself Learning Disabilities (

    LD ) / Dyslexia is best learned by one who has learned how to adapt and thus overcome it , I will always maintain the firm opinion that it takes a dyslexic to be able to teach another dyslexic about all the new technology that can be found for free on the internet , Information...
    Paschar Paschar 61-65, M 9 Responses May 26

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    High School - Freshmen - Love 'em

    I always knew I wanted to teach. I was meant to teach. I absolutely love my freshmen. They are special - at the point where they are children, learning to be adults, who want to act like children and be respected as adults. I get to talk to them, guide them, help shape them...
    eyes eyes 31-35, F 13 Responses Apr 2, 2008

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    After being interviewed by the school

    administration, the teaching prospect said, "Let me see if I've got this right................. "You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 4 Responses Apr 21

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    Hello, I'm not a teacher

    and I apologize. I'm just asking for advice for my son who is having trouble learning times tables. He used to be great at math. But now he seems really stuck on this. I've tried flash cards the teacher sent home. Any advice? Thanks.
    lisa00 lisa00 31-35 7 Responses Apr 18

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    I'm having a very challenging year!

    I am a sixth grade math teacher in an urban school district. I need to find new ways to engage my students. I teach three classes so I have 68 students. Most want to be there and enjoy my class but I have several that feel the need to challenge me constantly. I'm burning out...
    JG5555 JG5555 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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    I am not yet now, but I wanna claim

    that I'll be a teacher by March 2015! The noblest profession of all :)
    fascisheanne fascisheanne 22-25, F 8 Responses May 2

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    labelle12 labelle12 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 16

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    I Am A Teacher - Why I Went On Strike

    Someone deleted and answer, maybe their question, about why teachers shouldn't have gone on strike yesterday. They too are from the UK, and forget to mention, or moan at the fact that most public sector workers also went on strike. They had issues with the fact that they worked...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 21 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    A mother repeatedly called upstairs

    for her son to get up, get dressed and get ready for school. It was a familiar routine, especially at exam time. "I feel sick," said the voice from the bedroom. "You are not sick. Get up and get ready," called the mother, walking up the stairs and hovering outside the bedroom...
    TheShalottLady TheShalottLady 61-65, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Art Gallery Opening :)

    Part of my promotion meant I had a big project. My project was to turn a boring corridor into a gallery space for the children to display their work.Tonight, we hung the canvas' and put up the shelves for their sculptures. I've never felt so proud for a bunch of 7-11 year olds in...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 4 Responses May 31, 2013

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    Best job in the world.

    Please don't hold it against me!!
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 29

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    I am a private tutor

    and I love my... Well I can't call it a job...! Can I? Just love what I do. It's incredible.
    lucycoco lucycoco 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 24

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    I want to contact more teachers

    as i have a project that is beneficial for all
    akash212 akash212 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 16

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    Confessions of a First Year Maestro

    It All began in November of 2006. I heard through a chain of people that a band director had quit and they were looking for a replacement immediately. I still had another month to go with my student teaching, but i thought I'd throw my name in the hat. THat evening I faxed my...
    instertnamehere instertnamehere 26-30, M 11 Responses Jan 10, 2008

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