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Posts Made By: mrsd5
Board: Teachers' Lounge 06-20-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By mrsd5
The Thunder shirt really helps our dog. We put it...

The Thunder shirt really helps our dog. We put it on for storms and if there are children in the house. I have also used calming tablets that I got at the pet store. I don't remember what they were...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 06-11-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By mrsd5
We took the peninsula part and added 9 inches

That extra width is perfect for placing stools. Caution: don't order counter height stools like I did. The guys cut off six inches on each stool so they would fit.
Board: Teachers' Lounge 06-11-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By mrsd5
Only watched first four shows

Loved it, but yes, it definitely is NOT a network show. If my CBS shows aren't on tonight and hubby is still planting, I might just sneak in a couple more episodes.
Board: Teachers' Lounge 05-29-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Posted By mrsd5

Another coming up in a year. Eat light the day or two before prep. Last time, I had to drink two little bottles of yuck. But that was it. I followed each up with ice cold water and kept it down. It...
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-29-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mrsd5

I'm lucky that math teachers where I sub know my lack of math ability. Our sixth graders were working on volume and figuring it out. There is an app that I downloaded. It's called Photo Math, I...
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-28-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By mrsd5
I have one more half day Thursday

Tomorrow I have a hair appointment. I could only get a morning appt., so unless an afternoon job opens up..... Thursday is a half day, then I pick up the grandgirls at 11:30 from their last day of...
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-16-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By mrsd5
Extended time

One reason is for ADHD/ADD students. Focus is an issue, so extended time is given, because it's in their 504 plan. One of my sons even got extended time in a quiet setting when he was in college.
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-02-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By mrsd5
Right now

Pay the fee and renew. I don't think there needs to be anything else done. As a retired teacher, I don't even have to pay the fee!! YAY!!
Board: The VENT 05-01-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By mrsd5
That should have gone straight to admin.

We had a 7th grader do the same thing. Ten day OSS and couldn't come back until there was a meeting with parents, counselors, and principals.
Board: Substitute Teachers 05-01-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mrsd5
I love half days

Of course, in my state as a retired teacher I can only work 120 days. And I figure that some money is better than no money. I took early retirement, so my retirement check covers only basic bills....
Board: The VENT 04-29-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By mrsd5
Not being done right

Our district slowly got into being a 1-1 Chromebook district. Students begin keyboarding in first and second grades. In third grade, they begin using Chromebooks in the classroom. Nobody takes them...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 04-26-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Posted By mrsd5
Good news....I hope. If I survive..

Was asked by local kids to watch their three off and on this weekend as both had jobs/commitments. At the same time, was reminded that I promised to watch the three further away kids overnight. So, I...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-26-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By mrsd5
I keep telling people that next year...

...will be my last. I'll turn 65 at the end of the year. But then, I really DO enjoy the kids and the staff at the middle and high schools where I teach. The middle school has tons of new staff, but...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-26-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By mrsd5
Encore teachers

In our middle school, whenever I sub for PE, computers, health, etc. (Encore classes), I have lunch duty. I find it entertaining. And, yes, loud. But I stop at their tables and visit with them,...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-23-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By mrsd5
It worked for me

I'd been subbing for years and was approached to be an aide. The money wasn't great, but I was able to get insurance, which was great since hubby is a farmer. Two years later, I was approached to...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 04-23-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By mrsd5
I fly every 6-8 weeks

Chicago to Newark and back. I've paid just over $100 and I've paid nearly $300. I only book about three weeks out, though. I try to keep it under $200, but the last two times have been over that....
Board: The VENT 04-22-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By mrsd5
I'd love to be an aide again

That's how I got my teaching position. Unfortunately, Illinois rules won't let me take an aide's position unless I pay back all my aide retirement that I have received. It's not a lot of money a...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-21-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By mrsd5
Another good thing about cancer

Our schools get out on June 3 because of snow days. UGH! I'm trying to plan my surgery for the last week of May so I don't have to work that last week.....<!--giggle--><!--giggle--><!--giggle-->
Board: Teachers' Lounge 04-19-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By mrsd5
I would

I'm almost 64, so I would wear some cute leggings underneath and neutral flats. I have a dress almost like that and have gotten lots of compliments. Of course I have heavy legs and fat knees, so...
Board: The VENT 04-18-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By mrsd5
I want her job

There is an aide at the middle school who drives me crazy. Today I was teaching in a 6th grade science room. Yes, teaching. Students had questions that I was helping with that had to do with the sea...
Board: The VENT 04-15-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Posted By mrsd5
Sore subject.

When I was teaching full time, I expected subs to follow my plans, at least mostly follow them. But technology can fail. Students may not understand. I tried to make lessons that kept them busy. If...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 04-10-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By mrsd5
Refuse to pay for carryon

United charges for overhead storage. I'm going to New Jersey for five days. I watched a former model on Rachel Ray pack a carry-on for overhead storage. She got an entire month's clothing and...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-09-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By mrsd5

Saying "shut up" is a big no-no. HUGE! I taught middle school, and those words instantly rile up a classroom. As far as high school. I do as the teacher asks. Yesterday, I had two large freshman...
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-09-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Posted By mrsd5
Should be paid

That's happened to me, and I've always gotten the half day if it's been cancelled. Showed up for a full day job, and got a half day pay too.
Board: Substitute Teachers 04-09-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By mrsd5
Preferred teacher has one hour lead time

Several former coworkers have me on their preferred list, so I see the job before others. Also, if I'm at the school, the teacher and I will have the secretary put the job in and assign me...

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