Monday, November 21, 2005

To teach or not to teach

Oh...I am pregnant. Not sick with this one, like I was with the last, but pregnant none the less. I know this, not because I am tired ALL the time (I am), but because my husband and I are redoing our budget to fit the changing parameters of our family. fun. ooh boy.

We had balked at $820 a month for day care. Teachers are notoriously underpaid and that's a big hunk of my check. But hey, let's double that. Sound like fun? It is. Add to that, an increased grocery budget and various other expenses and you've got a panicky man on your hands.

We started to seriously consider the stay at home option, which I have long lobbied for. We're still discussing it, but it looks like I may leave my contract position and sub a few days every month. hmmm.

Yes, on the face of it, it seems like jumping from the frying pan into the flame. But I subbed for many years before getting my credential and I loved it. There were bad days and punky kids but at the end of the day, I get to walk away and never look back. Right now, I not only get to see them every day, I get to meet with their parents regularly!!! wheeeeee!

So, I may leave all the glory, acclaim and excitment. If I do, I'll go gladly. *kicking up heels*

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

I liked subbing because of that. You want to bribe them? Go ahead. You won't be there tomorrow.

The worst day was one where I had Special Ed in a public high school where I didn't know the school rules and the 1 1/2 hour classes were supposed to be taken up by "read this little newspaper and talk about it". I was not experienced enough to have anything on hand for them to do, and there was nothing else in the classroom.
It was a BAD day.
Next time I go subbing I will have word searches in my bag. :)

6:26 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Oh yes. I recommend a subscription to edhelper.com. Lots of good time-filler activities.

Teachers who leave to little work for upper grades should be shot. But that's just my opinion.

2:49 PM  

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