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Posts Made By: Marcimcg
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 01-16-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By Marcimcg
Room parents

Our PTA got our room parents. They asked for volunteers of course.
First grade had volunteers.
I liked not having to pick them. They asked me what I wanted party to look like: usually approved...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-16-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Marcimcg
Advice for new teachers

I certainly agree with all the important things others have mentioned.

Additionally I suggest that they not consider the classroom decor being pushed by youtubers. Their emphasis is showcasing...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-16-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By Marcimcg
Recipe cards

Still love my cards!
I take a bunch and flip through them to help decide which cookies to make.

Take cards to store for ingredients.

I know I can use my phone for this but prefer the cards.��...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-12-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Marcimcg
Activity for retired with bilateral knee replacements

Read those posts about number of steps. Depressing!

Got my fake knees six years ago and struggled to be more active while teaching first grade and commuting two hours a day.

Now that Iím...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-08-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Marcimcg
Telling intent to retire

I told my administrator a year before my end date to help with planning for staffing. Our enrollment had been going down and it looked like they might have to let a teacher go. So the school board...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-07-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Marcimcg

Yesterday was one of those unique days where I said how glad it is to be retired. Even though I have lots to do now,I still wish I was in classroom with my first graders (sigh). But ...

I was...
Board: Retired Teachers 12-20-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 29
Posted By Marcimcg
Do you wear a watch

Sure do! Itís great to see that itís 1pm and decide to take a nap!

My last class gave me an Apple Watch and I like it better than my old Fitbit
Board: Career Decisions 12-15-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Marcimcg
Can older teacher get hired

I got hired at 52.

Previous work was in public health nursing, stay at home mom of four for 17 years, then 5 years as church preschool director. During that time I got masters in education, did...
Board: Retired Teachers 12-13-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 19
Posted By Marcimcg
Retirement benefits

Pension based on 25 years teaching in nj public school.
Sick days saved came to about 11,000 before deductions.
State pays Health insurance for myself and hubby. And Medicare.
Social security...
Board: Retired Teachers 11-30-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Marcimcg
Eye injections

If you havenít had problem with retinal swelling, cataract surgery should be fine. Retinal swelling comes from complications of high blood pressure or diabetes. Mine probably was from blood pressure...
Board: Retired Teachers 11-27-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Marcimcg
Eye injections post cataract surgery

So Dr says I need intraocular injections to reduce retinal swelling which increased after cataract removed in September. It might help improve vision

Anyone have had this done?
Board: Retired Teachers 11-27-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By Marcimcg

Right now itís Christmas music.
Other favs on pandora are Linda Ronstat, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, carol king, John Denver. Explain: retired at 77.
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 11-07-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Marcimcg
Staple or loose paper

I gave my firsties a stapled booklet for each month. Sept had plain paper. Then other months had lined paper ( few lines to all lines by end of year) and place for drawing. These were used for most...
Board: Retired Teachers 10-08-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Marcimcg
Knee replacements i

I had both done at same time in April (6 years ago) and returned to teaching first grade that Sept. I spent summer doing PT. My dr wanted me to walk 2 miles a day, which I couldnít find time to do. ...
Board: Retired Teachers 10-06-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Marcimcg


Just imagine sleeping late in January!
Board: Retired Teachers 09-30-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By Marcimcg
Canít wait

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Best to you!
Board: The VENT 09-17-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Marcimcg
Interview misery

Drove over an hour in rain for interview with principal and assistant principal. Principal asked me a few questions while standing at window looking at rain. She asked assistant twice if she had...
Board: Retired Teachers 09-10-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Marcimcg

I retired in June. All through the year I got rid of originals for back to school, Halloween, Election Day, thanksgiving, etc.

Holiday/seasonal books went to teachers lounge and most were taken....
Board: First Grade 09-10-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Marcimcg

The routine does take longer than my kids stayed engaged, especially the kids who knew the material. I split it up into short carpet times.

Letter tiles were so time consuming to manage. In...
Board: Bulletin Boards & Classroom Themes 08-15-2019, 03:09 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Marcimcg
Painting bulletin boards

Mine were painted a dark cornflower blue at my request by the custodian. Any border looked good with it. Still look new after 10 years. Paint never faded. Next best thing was to put up a knit...
Board: Kindergarten 08-13-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By Marcimcg
Choice time

I called it Discovery Time. It was a privilege or earned time.

Tried hard to let everyone have some of this time for a choice activity, including kids that worked with me. Exception was for the...
Board: Retired Teachers 08-07-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Marcimcg
Everything is coming together

My first pension check came last week - nice to ďget paidĒ in the summer. I picked up my four prescriptions today and paid about $8. Paid same $15 copay at MD (wondered if that would go up)....
Board: Second Grade 07-25-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Marcimcg
2nd grade hoarders room

I just retired from 25 years in first grade.

You need to have a library. If you donít have books, invite the kids to bring in books from home right away to get started. Try goodwill for books...
Board: First Grade 07-22-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Marcimcg
Literacy centers

No centers. None.

We did phonics/spelling/high frequency word work to start our ELA block. Kids had a variety of differentiated practice to do independently. Then brief reading workshop mini...
Board: First Grade 07-08-2019, 02:42 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Marcimcg
Moving to 1st

Wow! Thatís quite a change.

Try to connect with other first grade teachers in your school if possible.

Check out the first grade standards for your state.

Find out about curriculum and...

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