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September 20, 2008 at 2:09 pm in reply to: Teaching following retirement from corporate world #7534
I saw your reply to my post from last year. It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed already. Well I am currently under contract as a 2nd grade teacher in the same school I worked as an aide in last year. I am having the time of my life. I have been asked by nearly everyone on staff if I am actually having as much fun as it looks like I am. And, I am. I do not regret the effort and financial sacrifices to become a teacher. The support from the staff and parents is amazing but the best part is getting to work with 26 wonderful little people everyday helping them discover that learning is a part of life that will never stop and should always be enjoyable. The first year teaching is tough though, don’t be fooled that it will be an easy gig. Trying to meet the needs of 26 different and very diverse people is difficult at best, plus add in learning all of the new procedures of the new job, and lesson planning…..I am working more than I was an an attorney, but love every minute of it.
In my community there are virtually no male teachers in the elementary schools. My district has 11 k-6 buildings with 2 to 3 sections per grade, per building, making roughly 200 classroom teachers and probably there are only 4 or maybe 5 male teachers in all of the k-6 classrooms. So I am a novelty to say the least. I wish you luck and please post how things go. I am still here, just REALLY BUSY. I am actually going back trying to get some lessons done for the rest of the week and actually be ahead of the game this week.
I hear you. I also just finished my MA.Ed this spring, certified k-9, student taught first grade, great experience, applied to tons of districts, follow up letters to principals, but no interviews. Took a job as an aide and felt lucky so I can at least get my foot in the door. What I hear is that the shortages are very regionally based, and Illinois does not have a shortage. I can tell you that in the district I work in there are at least 6 student teachers right now plus many students doing pre-clinicals. There are lots and lots of teachers in the Chicago area looking for work. I applied for a middle school job and found out that in the week after the posting hit the web site 150 paper applications had been received by that district. Tough market for sure.October 1, 2007 at 8:48 pm in reply to: Teaching following retirement from corporate world #7529
I am only 41 and just retired from the practice of law to become a teacher. I finished all but writing my thesis for a masters in Ed and I was not the oldest man in my group. There was a retired man of 60 years who was looking to teach middle school, as well as another fellow my age who was going into high school education. I must also tell you that here in the western ‘burbs of Chicago the job market is tight so I am working as an aide in a 5/6 grade split room. There is also a 63 year old man that was just hired as an aide and the comments from all the teachers have been that they are so happy to have us in the school. The students are also very happy, I think you have more to offer than you may even know. Life provides a depth of experiences that are sooooo valuable to young people, especially those with no male role models, that a 22 year old can’t provide. I have been a little frustrated that this doesn’t seem to be recognized by many administrators though.
Bottom line, DO IT, it will be hard and frustrating ( I left my own law pracrice to earn $11.00/hour, a mere $189.00/hour pay cut) but I find that it is so personally rewarding that the other things are little easier to swallow. Having an incredibly supportive wife also helps.October 1, 2007 at 8:30 pm in reply to: helping young girls overcome issues w/ male teachers #8132
When I student taught in first grade a girl missed the first day because she was nervous about a “man” teaching her. However, her mother and my coop teacher were both supportive and quickly this student adjusted and when I see her and her family at the store or park etc she always runs over to say hello and usually gives a big hug. Her mother has been very complimentary and appreciated having a man in her daughter’s classroom. So I agree with Bryan, the lack of guidance and support is the disturbing thing from my perspective.