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Posts Made By: broomrider
Board: The VENT 07-17-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Posted By broomrider
Do NOT buy furniture

Invite your principal into the room and show the mold, bad supports,etc. Stress the health/safety/liability issues associated with such furniture. (I'm guessing they were dumped in the new guy's...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-17-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By broomrider
I expect you know about

Orff's work with children, but there are lesson plans that incorporate his ideas on the internet, Orff+rhythm finds several.

I've used clapping out syllables of children's names to create...
Board: Retired Teachers 07-13-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Posted By broomrider
so much of who we are

is tied to what we do. It's an adjustment to be/do something different after putting so much time, energy, and cash into teaching.

Any transition is difficult but also allows us to become another...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-13-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By broomrider
Not sure, but

I'm thinking some of the words would express acts that would create gratitude rather than express it. Are you looking at engendering gratitude as well as showing it?
Board: Retired Teachers 07-05-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 26
Posted By broomrider
Check your benefits

Social security takes 50% of your benefits for earning over a specified amount if you are less than full retirement age, 1/3 if you are full retirement age. And you still pay income tax on earnings. ...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-14-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By broomrider
Well, we made it!

DH and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary today! Who'a thunk?

We ate lunch at Olive Garden and got free second meals to take home, the seniors' jackpot! We'll eat all week end. They gave us...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-14-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By broomrider
Thanks, y'all

You've given me a great list of possibilities for jeans. I'll be able to search on line and in-store for some new jeans before these get too thin in the wrong places. I'm not in the age range where...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-12-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By broomrider
Old Navy

thanks for the suggestion. I'll check them out.
Board: Retired Teachers 06-12-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By broomrider
I live in my old

Gloria Vanderbilts from Costco, but the new ones seem much more tight through the legs--fashions changed, I guess.

Thanks, I'll give them another try. I've been kicking myself for not buying a...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-12-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 25
Posted By broomrider
Welcome, y'all

Everyone starting this new path has a progression that sorta different and sorta the same. It seems to partially depend on how good your last year was, what your expectations of yourself are, how...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-12-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By broomrider
Northern Nevada

90 in the shade, hottest time is usually 3 - 5:30 p.m, it's 4:35.

Las Vegas is supposed to be very hot these days, glad to be at the other end of the state. The closest big city is San Francisco...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-12-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By broomrider
Mom Jeans help needed

Maybe grandma jeans??

My two year old just right jeans are wearing out from being worn a lot. These work in the yard, go camping, shopping, to lunch, etc.

I like/want/need at the waist, loose...
Board: The VENT 06-09-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By broomrider
I like the idea

of treating yourself to an interview outfit (or even just a new blouse or piece of jewelry--in a teacher salary price, of course). Spend some time reviewing the school's numbers (population,...
Board: The VENT 06-07-2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By broomrider
Invite admin into your room

every day until you have a better room. Also make sure the parents see where their kids will be during the summer. Parents can be excellent and noisy allies.

There is making the best of a bad...
Board: The VENT 06-07-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By broomrider
It sounds like

your contract doesn't specify prep time for teachers, but you might want to read the contract or call the union to be sure. I'd also contact the negotiating committee to ask that prep time be...
Board: The VENT 06-02-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By broomrider
Interesting take

on direct deposit from districts. I was very annoyed when my district required all employees including subs to have direct deposit of pay. In Nevada, you can get perks for cashing your pay check at...
Board: Retired Teachers 05-30-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By broomrider
When I retired

A friend gave me some great guidance:
When your glass is full you have no idea what else might go into it.

Give yourself the gift of time to explore. There are some amazing things beyond...
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-25-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By broomrider

You may not be earning enough for state and federal taxes to be withheld, I'd check on this. You can indicate a dollar amount to be withheld on your W4 filed with the district or perhaps a...
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-25-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By broomrider

California has passed a law formulating sick leave pay for various categories of employees including substitute teachers. The original question applies to sick pay for subs.
Board: The VENT 05-25-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By broomrider
I agree with the third option

Stay where you are and look for another school. Neither of these two current options sound very wonderful, but keep the bird in the hand where you know and can negotiate the hassles.

All that...
Board: The VENT 05-24-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By broomrider
Any report you make

will be from a "disgruntled former employee." They have neatly boxed you in.

Accept it and move on, being grateful you are out of this place that will likely implode soon. Try not to dwell, it...
Board: The VENT 05-24-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By broomrider

It is wise to reinforce behavior you want to have repeated. Ignoring positive behaviors often leads to extinction; unfortunately not the case for negative behaviors which usually have their own...
Board: The VENT 05-22-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By broomrider
So which of your lucky

colleagues gets to have that mom's kid for the next 1.5 days in order to separate them per admin orders. It's her kid who needs to move to follow the orders so that mom will be aware that her...
Board: Retired Teachers 05-21-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By broomrider
Be sure to check all

possible sources of income for retirement: pension, Social Security, investments. Talk to representatives from each source to be sure you understand what you have available and what you
Board: Retired Teachers 05-21-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By broomrider
retired a bit early

I retired at 62 after 25 years with my last school district--I'd been with other districts before that but not long enough to vest.

We'd been putting money in to a tax sheltered annuity and IRA...

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