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    Did any of you have to take maternity leave at the beginning of the school year? Was it challenging. I know that I shouldn't, but I am afraid that I will inconvenience everyone if I do. Please let me know about your experiences. Thanks!
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    Mary I took a six week maternity leave when I had a baby on August 9th. The teacher who covered for me had been a student teacher in my room the semester before so it seemed easier than my other two maternity leaves which were at the end of the year. We set the room up together and made up lesson plans for the first week. She was responsible for the res...See More
    Dec 4, 2008
    suzy Oh not worry about that. Your life and a baby come first. Everyone adapts at work. I know my experience has been that teaching is a way of life rather than a really is a job and the life you want takes precedence? precidence?. (did I spell that correctly?) don't worry about it. just live your life and it all works out. hav...See More
    Dec 4, 2008
    I need your expertise. I am launching an effort to collect and organize effective vocabulary strategies that student and beginning teachers can use in their classrooms.

    How do you teach vocabulary? What strategies do you use? Do you have fun vocab games? Do you have a great way to teach word parts? Please reply to this post, email me at [e...See More
    Hey guys, I have a demo lesson scheduled for friday, it is for a teaching position in a third/fourth grade self- contained classroom and the principal wants a literacy lesson. Any suggestions? Thanks, Nicole
    I am looking for a paper and pencil test or inventory that I can give 4th and 5th grade students to help them discover how they learn best. All of the resources that I have are for doing online assessments and inventories, but I want something that I can give them as a take home to do with their families so we can include a home/parent connection. ...See More
    Leah You are welcome to copy the following summary. The children could take it home and try to decide how they learn best with their parent's assistance. Also there is a My Strengths Activity that is reproducible and found at the same site under Children's Activities.
    Nov 25, 2008
    I have had a very difficult year with a few parents this year. I have had a lower/challenging class and I have noticed that some teachers have an easier time making parents like them or at least not making them dislike/making them mad. Do any of you veteran (or other) teachers have any tips you have learned over the years about how to handle parent...See More
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    suzy Sounds like she is trying to take the high road also. Hope this all works out well for everyone involved.

    On 1/02/09, teachinNC wrote: > I invited the mom and dad of this situaton to come to our > Christmas party before the break. (Instead of avoiding/hiding > from the). We chatted some. I pretended she didn't dislike me > and ...See More
    Jan 2, 2009
    Andrea i really feel for you. Last year was my second year of teaching high school math. I had previously taught a section of algebra that was supposed to be "accelerated" for students to take in the 8th grade and thus be a year ahead. This was leading to all kinds of problems.. some kids were being placed in this program due to their parents complaints b...See More
    Jan 4, 2009
    I passed EC-4 in August and am now attending an ACP training. Still have no job and looking to be more marketability. Don't know anyone in the professional to ask any questions.
    hi all, I would like to know your opinion on this situation that happened to me today:

    I was talking to my students, and a woman who works in our school came walking right in and without even saying excuse me, started talking about giving me hanakauh cut- outs. I thought she was being nice and said oh, you must mean for my fireplace, which...See More
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    Diana The woman who did that to you was being mean-spirited and unpleasant. I'm sorry it happened.

    Because I live in a rural Southern town with a very homogeneous population, there is no problem with Christmas stories, songs, etc. Anything that we do has to be tied to grade level learning standards, but if it is, then anything goes.

    We ...See More
    Dec 7, 2008
    Sara I think that it is very odd that our society expects us to > respect diversity by honoring the traditions of others, but > in many places, that does not include honoring or practicing > our own.

    We are certainly allowed to practice our faith and its traditions - that's silly to think we're not. My school doesn't allow us to put up...See More
    Dec 7, 2008
    My principal and IF recently suggested that I take on a role as a teacher leader. Is this similar to a master teacher? What does this entail?
    Diana robably it means different things in different locales. Some possibilities: mentoring new teachers and student teachers writing curriculum serving on committees to form/interpret scholl policies etc. In some places a stipend is paid for serving as a teacher leader. In other places there is no extra pay. The amount of time that you need to commit to...See More
    Dec 7, 2008
    As a master teacher, how do you see yourself as a leader
    Does anyone have a poem about mentors?


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