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  1. Does anyone have any advice for a future teacher

    I taught for three years and am in my seventeenth year working with kids.  I may go back into the classroom at some point, not sure. Anyway, my first piece of advice would be to consider that there are a lot of different avenues one can take to work with kids.  I am an assistant director at a before and after care and also substitute teach some in the school as well.  I enjoy this a lot more.  I can get to know the kids better and do not have all the politics of teaching.  I loved being in the classroom but everything involved in the teaching that was outside of the classroom drove me into the ground.  That was me though, does not mean that is you.  Just something I always tell people on that path. If you do decide you want your own classroom my biggest piece of advice is not to just jump into a classroom right away.  You can end up in a bad situation that way.  Do your homework.  As bigjohn said, figure out where you want to live and if you can afford it on a teacher salary.  Do a lot of research, taking into account the districts, the pay, and anything else that will effect how much you will enjoy living there.  The great thing about teaching is that you can do it anywhere so pick your place and go from there. Once you get to that place, figure out the district you want and substitute teach for a year.  This will get you the opportunity to explore different schools and decide which ones you do and do not want to work in.  Once you are known you will have the chance to spend most days substituting in the same 3-4 schools.  I owuld not narrow it to one though, they may not have an opening, keep your options open. Most importantly, if you are doing okay financially as a sub then cherry pick when jobs for the next school year being to open.  Do not just apply to the first ones you see.  Trust your gut.  I had four schools that I spent a lot of time in as a sub, two in particular I really wanted.  I was out of school for two years at the time and wanted a job and while I cherry picked those four schools I also jumped on the first one.  The day after accepting that job (fifth grade) and job in the grade I really wanted (fourth) opened at the school I really wanted.  The next day while subbing at that school I was asked if I was applying. In the end, I wish I had waited.  I was in no bind financially and had it not worked out I could have subbed another year.  The school I ended up at seemed nice, but I did not feel that it was exactly what I wanted.  There were some things with the school politics that really became a major reason why I finally decided to pursure things outside of the classroom.  My friend meanwhile got a teaching job teaching second grade at the other school and is now in Year 9. As I said, the great part about teaching is you can do it everywhere.  As long as you are not hard up for money then be picky and get the job that you want. Oh, and the custodian and office manager are your best friends.  Be very, very kind to them at all times, it pays off if they like you!
  2. Elliot Harrison is a "blank"!

    Who is Elliot Harrison?
  3. Official Panthers at Cowboys Gameday Thread

    My sister-in-law's famiily is hosting Thanksgiving.  When we were all invited my brother told her that he and I would only be there if it is understood that we would be in front of the television from kickoff until the final whistle.  Now we are eating at 2 =)
  4. I'm in Thailand. HELP

    Oh, haha I guess that will not work then.  Not use to CBS for NFC games
  5. Official Panthers at Cowboys Gameday Thread

    Carolina 30-17 Dallas
  6. I'm in Thailand. HELP

    Try Fox Sports GO
  7. Gameday Menu

  8. Walking Dead Season 6

    They have another baby on the way.  I doubt they have two babies on the show, the one they have really adds nothing outside of occassionally being in the way.  I am guessing either Judith or pregnant Maggie goes at some point.  Either that or Maggie loses her baby somehow.  Unless they are planning one of those awful time jumps I do not see what they gain from two babies.
  9. How About Them Heels?

    Probably true, unless it is an Ohio State-Wisconsin esque victory.  UNC kind of reminds me of the Buckeyes in the way the lost horribly early on and have continuously gotten better. I saw a 538 article that gave the Heels a 39% of making the final four should they win out.  I agreed with most of what they said in it.  Basically in a hypothetical world where that happens this would be the scenario: -Big XII Champ is in.  If OU beats OkState they are in.  If they lose then Baylor becomes the champ by beating TCU and Texas.  Should Baylor slip up then it is OkState.  In any scenario their champ will be 11-1 and in the playoff (rightfully so) -SEC Champ is in unless both Alabama and Florida lose this week and then Florida beats Alabama.  That is not going to happen so just count their champ as in. -B1G Champ is somehow going to get in.  Even if Michigan State loses to Penn State you have the Ohio State/Michigan winner against Iowa.  The winner of that game will get in ahead of UNC That leaves Stanford, Notre Dame and any one loss non-conference winner.  Stanford wins out they will get in so we need them to lose.  That loss cannot come to Notre Dame though because ND would get in ahead of UNC at that point.  This is the one spot where I disagree.  11-1 ND should not get in ahead of 12-1 UNC, but alas, it will happen.  Therefore Stanford beating ND and then losing to USC/UCLA is the only way forward. At that point we need to get ahead of any one loss non-conference winner.  Ohio State and Baylor seem to be the biggest threats here.  I would like to think that the committee would stick to their own criteria and put in UNC but there is certainly no guarantee. Whatever, it has been a great season.  This is fun to think about and would be a dream come true, but I am not going to let it effect my enjoyment.  Just beat NC State Saturday and I will be happy.
  10. Who is in your playoff

    Quality losses only count if you are Notre Dame
  11. How About Them Heels?

    Having them behind FSU does not make sense at all to me, but it will be remedied if our boys keep winning. Heck, both my parents and my brother went to FSU as well as several friends of mine.  Not one of them agrees with FSU being above us at any point over the last three weeks.
  12. How About Them Heels?

    Fourteenth today.  A lot of the teams will either lose or we will pass though if we beat Clemson.  Stanford is ninth though so it will likely not be enough. The committee is not going to put UNC ahead of the champ of the SEC, B1G, or Big XII.  Therefore UNC needs to get ahead of both Notre Dame and the Pac-12 champ. I think beating Clemson would make us more impressive resume-wise than ND but I doubt the committee cares, they are ND and we are a basketball school.  Therefore the only way forward is for Stanford to knock them out this weekend (I would be on it) and then to have the USC/UCLA winner beat Stanford (I would not bet on it)
  13. Walking Dead Season 6

    lies.  Just as in sports, you must have poms poms out and drink the kool-aid or you are not a real fan.
  14. Walking Dead Season 6

    That was awful.  Really, except for the episode with the wolves, this whole season has been awful.  I liked episode three until they pulled an all-time cop-out with Glenn so that episode is effectively ruined. If they wanted to have him has his comic book death then it is very easy, do not put him on that damn dumpster in the first place.  They have lost all credibility. As to the rest of the show, Morgan is fliipin annoying and what the hell was the point of having the kid follow Carl with the gun and then nothing happen?   I did like Tara flipping Rick the bird, was not a fan of the rest. If only one person dies next week then Eugene needs to dies, he brings nothing to the show at all.  I am fine with having a coward as they can be interesting, but he is not interesting in any way.  
  15. Those Redskins offsides penalties

    It happened several times against Tennessee too correct?  Could have misremebered but that was what I was thinking during the game.