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Posts Made By: Marcimcg
Board: Retired Teachers 06-29-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Marcimcg
Boxes and plans

Keep the boxes if you have a place for them. They are yours.

Share the plans, but leave the new teacher a note saying itís ok for her/him to toss. As a new teacher, I would have liked to read...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-18-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Marcimcg
So glad to be retired now

Spent some time reading posts on The Vent. OMG!

Feel bad for all the teachers trying to figure out how to go back in a few months. I taught first grade for 25 years. Canít imagine how they...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-08-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Marcimcg
Garden

We have a raised garden thanks to our grown kids for Motherís Day. Lettuce, Swiss chard and spinach are growing fast. Also have some tomatoes in pots but still too small to pick.

Usually we take...
Board: Retired Teachers 06-03-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By Marcimcg
I live in central NJ

Our town has been home to us for 47 years. It used to be mostly farmland but is very suburban now. We are 35 miles from NYC and about 50 from Philadelphia. Rutgers university is close by and our...
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
Congratulations!

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

Congratulations!

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
Handwashing

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
Exhausted

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
Valentines

Our school always was closed on the 14th but we celebrate the day earlier.in 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
Monday

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



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