August 27, 2006

The first day

... of the school year, that is. Rhymes With Right has some anecdotes from a few rookie teachers that are fun to read, especially considering how he and I are now "veterans."

Unlike many a rookie, I have no trouble falling asleep the day before the first student day. My first three to four years, it was a different story. I also used to think I was the only one who occasionally had a nightmare or two over the summer where I was in a classroom that was totally -- and I mean totally -- out of control. I found out this wasn't so while waiting in line at my Masters degree commencement. I overheard an older woman discussing this very same nightmare to a friend. She saw me smiling and chuckling and asked "You have them too?" They usually occur near the end of August; I only had one this summer but it was early in July. Go figure.

Being at the same school for just about all my 15 years makes it somewhat easier, too. You build up a reputation (hopefully a good one) that incoming students (and parents) are, even somewhat, acquainted with. You don't have to go in to the year feeling ... totally "unknown." Your knowing that many past students -- who have younger siblings that are now coming through your school -- and their parents know you (and like you!) sure makes the new school year beginning much smoother. And trust me -- that means a great deal to (experienced) teachers.

I am beginning my "downward cycle" this year. I've completed 15 years, so conventional wisdom says it's "15 more to go." I'm sure I'll have a decent amount of anecdotes to relate during the year, so stay tuned.

Posted by Hube at August 27, 2006 12:36 PM | TrackBack

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how does your pension work? can you change districts within Delaware and carry your pension with you?

I am interested in the "golden handcuffs" aspect of pensions given DuPont's announcement replacing the pension plan with a 401K plan for new employees.

Posted by: steamboat willy at August 29, 2006 11:18 AM

SW: My pension follows me as long as I teach in DE. The pension is through the state.

Posted by: Hube at August 29, 2006 03:50 PM