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Posts Made By: Marcimcg
Board: Retired Teachers 04-21-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By Marcimcg
NJ certificate is permanent, then 20 hours of...

NJ certificate is permanent, then 20 hours of approved professional development per year, four years in same public school district to get tenure.
Board: Retired Teachers 04-21-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By Marcimcg

Iím sure you will remember your last year, strange as it is.


I retired last June and am grateful to be home without having to do the distance teaching.
Board: The VENT 04-20-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Posted By Marcimcg
Teaching own kids

I never could have done it, so I empathize with you for sure!

Teaching first grade, my 6 year old sweeties suddenly became 4 years old when mommy room mothers showed up for parties or something. ...
Board: First Grade 03-07-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By Marcimcg

ďThose mean, nasty, downright disgusting but invisible germsď

Itís still on amazon for about $13

Adorable pictures of germs. The headache germ looks like a hammer!

My kids always drew their...
Board: Retired Teachers 03-07-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By Marcimcg
Retirement planning

Re: NJ pension office appointments

I found that it wasnít necessary to go to Trenton for this pension planning.

I got the big booklet about pension planning NJ updates every year and went to...
Board: Retired Teachers 03-03-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Marcimcg
Retirement joy

Watched a mama squirrel go up and down a backyard tree at least ten times, gathering dry leaves in her mouth and bringing them to her nest.

Sheís the only squirrel left since our neighbor cut down...
Board: The VENT 02-24-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Marcimcg

I feel for you!

Taught first grade for 24 of 25 years. The one year in gr2 was a dream but I loved firsties and asked to go back (no snow pants here though).

Maybe you came back too soon from...
Board: Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) 02-20-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Marcimcg
Non Ed major

I got BA in Sociology and went back 22 years later to get Masters in education. Managed a church based pre-K during this time. Did student teaching in 3rd grade and taught first grade for several...
Board: The VENT 02-14-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Posted By Marcimcg

Our school always was closed on the 14th but we celebrate the day first grade kids decorated a paper bag with old cards, scraps of paper or lace, markers - just a few min when other work...
Board: Retired Teachers 02-09-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By Marcimcg
Bird feeder

Central NJ: We see a variety of small birds and occasionally a blue jay and woodpecker. Best of all are the cardinal pairs that live in our bushes and feed by our window every day.
Board: Bulletin Boards & Classroom Themes 02-07-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By Marcimcg
Themes for Christian preschool

When I managed a church preschool, we used favorite bible stories for bulletin boards. Kidsí related art work looked good and the littles loved seeing their things up there ( some made another to...
Board: First Grade 02-02-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Marcimcg
Blending short vowel sounds

I had kids practice with just the beginning sound and vowel like ďba, sa, taĒ etc.

The old Open court blending held the consonant + vowel together before adding final consonant: b+a: ba+t:bat
Board: Retired Teachers 01-29-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Posted By Marcimcg
Medicare advantage

Before retirement in June 2019, I was asked each year by my district after being 65 if I wanted to use our negotiated health benefits or Medicare. I chose our school benefits and they notified...
Board: Retired Teachers 01-26-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By Marcimcg
Social security while working

I started getting my full SS checks at 65 and 6 months. Was still working full time and had very good medical benefits from work. I got automatic signup for medicare A but didnít use.
Each year my...
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: 6
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: 30
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?

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