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fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 1:58 AM

LEVEL AND SUBJECT AREAS?

I'm curious as to what you all teach. My degrees are Secondary Education Social Studies. My last teaching job was at a private school, 7th through 12th. I mostly taught history, but being a private school, I ended up teaching all subjects offered, pretty much, by the time I'd been there 5 years.

The school closed and I spent the last 3 years running a franchise of a national tutoring service, but that closed, too, so I'm looking for a new job. Have some really good prospects, finally, after 8 months!

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 1:26 PM

Good luck finding a job! That can be so stressful. I teach fourth grade. I have been self-contained but next year I'm going to teach math, science, and language arts. I'm kind of a reluctant math teacher, but I work hard at it. I love language arts and science.

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 1:27 PM

Oops I forgot to say that I am K-8 and 4-9 (LA). I teach in Ohio and we have a license now.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 5:56 PM

Okay, I just graduated in December with a Bachelor's in Middle School Education. I am certified in Social Studies and Language Arts. As of right now I have no job. Everyone wants to hire teachers with experience. This really sucks because I keep thinking I will never get experience if no one hires me. Okay, I'm finished whining. I hope to get a job soon though.

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Tue, 1st Jul '08 8:04 PM

Don't give up! I had 16 interviews before I got a job. I think some people just interview to fill a quota and already know who they are going to hire. How does your resume look? I had a chalkboard on the front of mine. I think it caught their attention.


suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:49 AM

I teach high school Theatre classes, including Stagecraft and Musical Theatre. Also sometimes Dance. I've only been at one school and I've been there for 14 years now! I was a "permanent sub" first and then applied for the job for real!

I love it (most of the time)

You Middle School folks are very brave!

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 10:03 AM

Michele, my résumé is small as I haven't had a job yet. I am trying to build it by doing volunteer work at the library. I was just asked yesterday to join the library board will also be a good résumé builder. I never thought about making it decorative though. Maybe I'll try that. Did it really help you?

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:28 PM

I think it got me noticed. If they have a whole stack of resumes and yours looks different it can't hurt.
My home email is shell0374@yahoo.com
I would be happy to help you in any way that I can.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 9:57 PM

I agree. As someone who actually hired teachers at my last job, I noticed details like that. I would ignore misspelled resumes or those who'd had a degree for 10 years and had not done anything education-related in the interim. Volunteering is always good, especially if it in any way relates to the age group you are certified to teach.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 9th Jul '08 12:55 AM

I have an interview on Friday with this place called Americorps. It is a tutoring/mentoring institution and I am hoping that I can at least get my foot in the door with them. This will definitely be a résumé builder. I will keep you posted and thank you all for the advice and kind words.

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Wed, 9th Jul '08 4:24 PM

Good luck! I will say a little prayer for you. Just be confident!

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 3:23 PM

I live in South Jersey. I am principal of a small private school for students with emotional difficulties. Our students are grades 9-12.I teach Spanish, and also teach English and Introduction to Special Education at the college level.

lovesmoodies
Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 6:43 PM

Wow! You certainly have a full plate.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 10th Jul '08 11:45 PM

No kidding! I really admire teachers who work with special ed kids. I've had special ed kids in my classes, of course, and probably the majority of my GED students would fall in that category, but that seems to take a level of patience I just don't have. I also feel that way about elementary teachers. I have always loved working with little ones at church and in the library, but I only have them for a short while - just the way I like it. I mean, I love kids and have great rapport with them in general, but I really have to work at it with kids under about age 12. You elementary/middle school people rock!

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 2:58 PM

When I first graduated with a BA way back in the "Dark Ages", there was a real need for teachers at almost all levels-chose Detroit because the pay was above the average, the allowed me to chose my high school, and academic standards were actually rather high in the scholol where I taught. After a few years took a leave for a brief period to have my children-then they wouldn't allow you to continue teaching once you "showed"-guess they thought might foster promiscuity or something-whatever. When I returned standards had slipped drastically and because of the "racial balancing" thing Detroit was going through at the time was tansferred to an inner city middle school. By then jobs elsewhere were not to be found. I spent the remainder of my teching years-27 in all- at that school. It had its good moments but believe I earned my retirement with benefits in Florida-Linda (It is obvious that typing was never one of my skills as has been noted repeatedly in the forums lol)

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 103.9 - Posts: 215)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 2:03 AM

I teach classes on web design, computer applications, computer operating systems and integrating technology into the curriculum in the CIS and Education departments for our local community college.

tiggerdb
Tiggerdb  (Level: 82.2 - Posts: 37)
Mon, 21st Jul '08 4:18 PM

Scifidwarf, if you need anyone to look over your resume, you can contact your local One-Stop Career Center. There are centers all over the country, and they assist you with your resume. Go to www.servicelocator.org and enter your zip code to find the center(s) nearest to you.

Good luck with your job search!

I teach geometry in high school.

odge
Odge  (Level: 32.4 - Posts: 24)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 2:47 AM

I always seem to be the odd one out.... I don't really teach within a school system as I am a private tutor of Speech & Drama (aka Elocutionist). I do have a group of Year 7 & 8 girls that I teach drama to as an extra-curricula subject. I also have a couple of adults who come to me for painting lessons. But it's nice not being part of the school system - I don't have to cope with mountains of paperwork and can just focus on teaching my students.



scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 1:03 PM

I have decided to apply to substitute this year with the hope of getting a job next year. Thank you all for your encouraging words and stories. I am still hoping something will come up in the education field but maybe waiting a year is what I need. Thanks again.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 1:20 PM

Make a good impression. Be on time, volunteer to do extra...... I even baked cookies for the Department Chair when I did my student teaching. Lol, it worked!

Beginning my twenty fourth year of teaching now.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 11:20 PM

I actually attended a faculty luncheon when I did my student teaching and made a casserole. Thanks for the advice. I have to get my background check done before I can apply but I am ready to get out there and teach.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 9:13 PM

Good for you! The crim check is routine.

You need grit to endure, really.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 9:15 PM

BTW, I teach AP European History and Honors World History in the Houston area (suburb-nice area)



oldschoolgal
Oldschoolgal  (Level: 159.6 - Posts: 45)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 11:58 PM

I am a retired teacher of business subjects--mainly business law. I retired at age 62 after teaching 41 years, did substitute teaching, and then did an interim for another business teacher. Last year, I went back to work part time teaching accounting and computers. I loved it! It was in a better school district than the one I left and the students actually wanted to learn! In my state, one can go back to work on a limited basis and get paid the same salary according to their experience, plus still receive all retirement benefits. It's wonderful! I want to do that again!!!!! Right now, I'm subbing again. We have this great computer program where one can go on line and pick and choose what jobs he wants to take. Retirement is where it's at. The first year I was retired I made $8,000 more than if I had stayed on teaching full time. (This included my social security plus state retirement pay).

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 12:38 AM

Sounds like a sweet deal. Good luck to you. Forty-one years is a long time to teach. I think that's amazing.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.1 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 11:52 PM

I retired in 2001 and have taught every grade from 6th thru college since then. In Kentucky we can teach in limited roles for 75% of our last year's salary. If I lived on the border I could teach in any neighboring state for full pay and build a second retirement. Right now I work for an adult education center helping HS drop-outs earn their GED. Low pay but rewarding in spirit. I also do math clinics for other districts. Scifidwarf, if you want a job, the big demand is in math, science, special ed, and ESL. Take advantage of your unemployment to take extra classes. Also, volunteer as a teacher's aide in a classroom where the teacher is acknowledged as a master teacher. Your college education classes gave you facts and opinions, but taught very little about HOW to teach (unless they've changed dramatically). Most of us teach like our favorite teachers from our past, so observe as many as you can. Also, take one of those tests to find out what your "learning style" is (visual/auditory/kinesthetic/tactile). You need to be as balance as possible. Final thing: join your professional associations, subject matter and profession. Bottom line, they work for better education. If you disagree, jump in and change things from the inside. Sorry I'm so wordy tonight.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 9:37 AM

I am a math person. If I were I would have a job now. Always a demand for math. I am not ready for extra classes yet but I do plan on getting my Master's soon. I am working with AmeriCorps right which will give me experience which is what my downfall was when looking this summer. Thanks for the advice.


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