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Old 07-19-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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A new teacher's post caught my eye when she what age would be considered a young teacher? That made me laugh, so I have a question. At what age do you consider an "old" teacher?


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Old 07-19-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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Well, I am the double nickel and you would have to ask someone older than me.
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I am going into my 13th year this year and I feel like an OLD teacher! Several grey hairs, forehead wrinkle from giving all of those teacher looks.............I don't think it takes that long these days of teaching to become an old teacher!! The stress ages you quickly!
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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I consider an old teacher, to be someone who no longer teaches! Especially since I've become the oldest teacher in my building! And I have about 16 years before I can retire!!
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Well I am one of the two oldest teachers in my school, but I still feel like a young teacher. As long as I have my enthusiasm and continue to try to improve myself, then I'm not old yet!


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Old 07-19-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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I am 57, and many of the teachers who were teaching when I first started have retired. However, I didn't start teaching until I was 35, so I can't retire yet. And I don't want to. I still enjoy teaching, and I still do a good job so I don't consider myself an "old teacher".
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I am 55, the second oldest in my building by only a few months. The other teacher is set to retire in December, which will then make me the oldest teacher in the school. Since I was 42 when I started, can't retire for awhile yet. Nor do I want to actually. I love what I do. I don't think of myself as an old teacher, just one with lots of life experience.
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80????
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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I like KeepGoing's response. An "old" teacher is someone who is always at least 10 years older than my current age.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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Oldest teacher at my school. I took time off from teaching when I had my kids. Most colleagues my age have retired already. I have the age but don't have the years in. Besides, I can't imagine myself not teaching. So retirement isn't on the horizon yet for me.
There's a lot to be said for the wisdom and credibility of us "seasoned" teachers!


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I'm telling the truth here. I've been 29 years old for 20 years!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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I am definitely the "old" teacher. I am at the very top of the first page of the senority list. There are a few teachers older than me, but I taught straight through with no breaks in the same district so there I am! Also, because I have multiple certificates- I am at the top of every single building.

I actually love my age! I am healthy enough to do anything I want, wise enough and experienced enough to make mostly good decisions, wealthy enough to get most of the things I want, my kids are grown so I have time enough do the things I want, I am confident enough to know what I am good at and what I want to do, and I retire in five years so none of the crazy stuff that is going on in education bothers me as much as it used to.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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I am 39 and son't feel like an old teacher. I will begin my 18th year soon! I feel "experienced" if you will.
I know not to get "freaked out" by every little new thing thrown our way.

I know when to keep my mouth shut and when to speak up - that comes with experience and age too, I guess.

An old teacher is someone who hates what they do and everyone who comes into contact with them knows it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Well, you've got old as in age.

Then you've got old as in how long a person has been teaching!
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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Just wondering how you can be 39 and going into your 18th year?
Did you start teaching when you were 18??
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Ha - cheerio! I was 22 when I started and will turn 40 this spring.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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one of the oldest, if not the oldest, teacher in our school. After 33 years of teaching, I STILL do not feel old
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I think my brain has turned to mush this summer!!! Clearly I can't do math properly. In my mind I was thinking 39-18 = 18!
 
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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too funny!
I am someone who retired this year annd will no longer be teaching , but I don't consider myself old.
If I use Cherriooooo's math algorithm, I am only 30 somethng! Which does not fall into the "old" category.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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You are an old teacher when you don't teach anymore! Then you're a new retiree. I am young in my heart, in my mind, and...well maybe not my bod! However, I don't feel my age at all...dare I say it? 51 ugh~ I really feel more like 31. Love it!
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" I am the old teacher!!"
Old 07-19-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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My husband was asking me questions about retirement that I didn't know the answers to. He said, "Ask one of the older teachers at school, they'll know." I replied, "I AM the old teacher."


As we age, we don't consider ourselves old, do we?
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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Reading this post made me decide to stop and count, to how many teachers were older than I am because I have been feeling lately like I am one of the oldest staff members in the school! We have 55 staff and after counting I realized that 12 are older than I am still. If you count only teachers only 6 are older than I am. The rest are administrators, clerical staff and our head custodian. I feel better!

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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The "old" teachers in my building are the ones who are cranky and haven't changed their curriculum in over 25 years
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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I don't think it really matters how old or young you are. There are still going to be many days when you say, "I'm too old for this!"
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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The old teachers are all older than me!
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Well I certainly was surprised by the number of responses! I had to ask this question because I am the oldest teacher in my building. I just completed 30 years of service in June. I have a coworker who is my son's age. It is fun to teach with him. He keeps me young and helps me with technology. We get along and use our strengths to help each other. I still think I am a good teacher, and want what is best for my students. I don't think that I am ready to leave just yet. But last night, I ran into a former student and he said, "Are YOU still teaching? It is time for you to get out!" He laughed but I wasn't so sure he was joking.

I don't want to become one of the crabby ones who whine and complain about everyone and everything. When that time comes, I will be packing my things. Until then---Everyday is a great day to learn something new!

Thanks to all who posted and enjoy the rest of your summer!
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