Re: What's it like out there?
I don't know of any class size limits. Since I am in a smaller
school (approx. 400) my classes range from 12-28 or so. I also
teach secondary. Again, I'm not sure what it is like in the metro
areas. You are definitely right in assuming there is little union power.
We have a union but I don't think it gains us a whole lot.
What subject do you teach? What area of the state are you looking
at? I'm sure you have gone to the State Dept. of Education
website. They have a job search you can access through there.
Sorry for the delay in response. I don't check this board very
often. (You can find me on the English board or hs board more
quickly if you want an immediate answer.)
On 4/04/07, Jeffrey wrote:
> Thank you very much for taking the time to get back to me. I
> really appreciate the "real world" feedback. I looked at a
> bargaining agreement contract from a district (I can't
> remember which one), and the evaluation process was very hard
> to understand, and I imagine it must be even more confusing to
> go through. That is promising to hear that some district do
> still pay benefit costs, because my jaw keeps dropping when I
> see the employee costs for benefits. (I would be insuring my
> family, so I do know I would pay more anyway, but my jaw still
> Can you (or anyone else who reads these postings), an
> apporximate number of students that you have? I teach at the
> secondary level, so is there a class size limit in CO? (My
> district in CA is approximately 35:1). No to get to
> political, but do the unions have any power out there? It
> sure seems like they do not, based on the wages and benefit
> costs, but I am a union man, and I do not want to judge.
> Thank you again for taking the time to respond to my posting.
> If you (or anyone else) can offer me any more information, I
> would greatly appreciate it.
> On 4/04/07, tle wrote:
>> I teach in a small town (not the metro areas) so my
>> experience isn't the norm. The teaching environment in my
>> area is alright, though by far not the best system I have
>> taught in. I was certified in California (and a product of
>> California schools myself) and have taught in New Mexico,
>> Texas and Colorado. This system seems the most backward in
>> attitude and achievement. It may be because it is a smaller
>> system, but they have quite a lot of turnover both
>> administrative and teachers.
>> The evaluation system they have implemented in this system
>> very difficult to feel positive about. I had always had
>> strong evaluations in all previous systems, and yet in this
>> one, I often feel that they don't appreciate the challenges
>> and strengths of their staff. Sometimes it feels like they
>> have to knock you down so they have something to say
>> you "developed" in later. They are not using performance or
>> merit pay in this area yet. The district does pay insurance,
>> but the pay overall is very low (but again I'm in a small
>> I hope this is some help.
>> On 4/01/07, Jeffrey wrote:
>>> I am looking to relocate to Colorado, from California, and
>>> I am trying to get a feel for the teaching environment, as
>>> well as the market. From the little web research that I
>>> have done, it doesn't look promising
>>> Can anyone please help me with a dose of what the reality
>>> is like for teachers in Colorado? For instance, how do
>>> you pay your health insurance costs? From the district
>>> information that I have looked at, your insurance costs
>>> are quite high, to say the least. How many districts are
>>> using perfomance-based, or merit pay? Coming from CA,
>>> where that idea was recently shot down by voters, it
>>> appears that several districts are using it. How do you
>>> like it? Does it destroy the collaborative environment
>>> among teaching colleagues? I thank you all for your time,
>>> and for any tips or suggestions. Thank you.