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Old 01-13-2019, 02:26 PM
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destination2--We do have some preschool positions in our public school district,,,however not every public elem. school has preschool here so the positions are few and far between. Only our Title 1 schools get preschool positions. There are approx 5 preschool teacher positions in our county. The very rarely open up.

Also, I currently am not certified to teach in the public school for preschool....I have a degree /certification in elem ed,,but for grades Prek and K, I don't have the certification for. I taught in private school and have my 90hr childcare cert plus some additional prek classes. However, private schools tend to not offer up decent benefits where I's the one drawback that is keeping me from quitting my current position. The benefits that I have currently covered in my position equate to approx 12-16k per year for my family. That's huge!! I was considering getting my masters in early childhood--but I really don't want to put the $$ into it if I can't get a job teaching it. I have been watching positions in my public school and there have only been 2 open pre k positions in the past 6 years!!

I just love pre k,,specifically around age 4, early 5....I love the hands on learning, I love how everything is so exciting for them. I love that I can still do "crafts" but make them have an educational twist, I love that I can set up outside learning centers for them and instill that love of nature with them. Just so much more freedom than with a public school. When I did teach at the private preschool, I taught my class how to be self sufficient as much as possible, so we learned how to do things like, washing hands, tying shoes, putting on and off , it all of those things the students handled--as much as possible all the things that make teaching little ones difficult, I would teach them how to do. When I am in grades 1-3 I feel more stressed, more anxious and just don't enjoy it as much as the younger kiddos.

For me it seems like more work (and more stress) teaching grades 1-3 ...more testing, more teaching to the standards. With preschool you really follow the student (child) and adapt your lessons to what interests them. I just love how the students guide what you teach. I also like the freedom to be able to let the students play (with structure). Play is how young children learn and I love crafting an environment that encourages that. I also would like to get away from rigid deadlines, observations, constant meetings and pd's that tend to be too much and too overwhelming..things just seemed more relaxed (at least to me) when I taught younger students.

I"m sure those that love teaching older students would think the opposite of what I've said, but for me that's how I see things. I just feel more in my zone when I have a group of 4yr olds to teach.

ok,,so that was a bit of a ramble for me! Not sure if that was good advice or not,,but from my view this is how I feel about preschool.
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