Looked at paying rent this week. Looks scary. Husband works in the t.v. and film industry, and his show goes on hiatus every summer. He has been at his job for 14 years. We have been married for 3 years. My idea is always to put away my earnings into savings. But between working part time last year tutoring and taking math classes, and living in a pricier apartment that we moved to in an attempt to make my miserable commute and inner city charter school job less miserable, the savings has flown by this summer. D starts up work in “September”, but the a-hole producer/director already pushed the start date once. That usually happens at least two to three times on each show that is to get broadcast. Once D starts working, he earns more in a day than I do in a week. The years vary greatly though. One year could be 40K, the next 90. This was more like a 40K year for him, and I brought in under 20.
The plus to this past year was the working part time and taking a much needed vacation from the classroom and fast pace. I worked hard still, took two math courses at a time, starting with a 5 week college algebra course last summer that was 4 hours a night 4 nights a week. I took in some hair clients, and worked for a tutoring company that had few hours during the summer, but the 20 hours I wanted to work during the year. The tutoring is nice on its own. Stressful in that the company took on the entire LAUSD NCLB grant student population. We saw at least 200 students at the tutoring center last year.
The nice part about last year was waking up in the morning, being able to write, go to the gym or do home yoga, and then having the time to study. Going to work for a few hours, and then to school. It was monotonous, but allowed me to not have to be so active at work. As a teacher I am on all the time, thinking of ways to improve and get understanding to my students. Subbing for three years for every grade for eventually four districts, earning the credential, working at the schools, it all took its toll. Forget living on my own and paying my own bills on a shoe string, even on finally a teacher, not a substitutes salary.
It seems to come down to material things verses peace of mind.
Went to pre-calc this morning, will work on attempting to understand my homework here soon. Commuted the hour to my third grade class, arrived an hour and a half early, which is really nice. Gives me a chance to eat, and then prep. My students are at lunch from 11:45 til 12:30 when I pick them up from the yard.
Generally elementary teachers view the morning hours as the crucial ones. We get done the core subjects, the reading, languages arts mechanics with grammar and spelling, vocabulary, and math. Then after lunch when the students are tired from the day, lunch, and playing in the sun we will cover social studies and science, handwriting, art…
Here at the Orthodox school, the students learn Judaica and Hebrew studies for four hours in the morning. The I have three hours and forty minutes to work with my third graders, 8 year olds, on all of those aforementioned core subjects and maybe squeeze in social studies and science.
Students by the end of second grade are now supposed to know their times tables. Mine do not. They are decent to good readers, and all like to read which is excellent. They whine about having to write anything down, which could be because they are tired and just getting started, or because they wrote down little before. I teach all of my students how to record what we do on assignment sheets. I have them work on a “math meeting” reviewing the names of the months, days of the week, seasons, climate, counting by evens, odds, 5’s, and 10’s.
I read them a quick story first actually, then go into the math meeting. The assignment sheet day three seemed to take them fifteen to twenty minutes to fill out…
08/30/10 Spelling Definitions 08/31/10 (due date),
08/30/10 Make math flash cards; 1 to 9 addition; 1 to 11 subtraction; 0 to 2 multiplication. 09/03/10
08/30/10 You do not have to do the reading homework, or study the math facts tonight because you are making the flash cards.
Writing these things took them seemingly forever. Then I showed them how to do their definitions, I gave them twelve words. I also today gave them 4 definitions as samples of how to do them. Whining. But you only have to look up 12 minus 4 words! J
I showed them how to make a flash card, and gave them the pages of internet down loaded math facts and take home instructions.
We read together this time The Important Book, and then I introduced them to what brainstorming is. They claimed they had never heard of that before. We created a bubble map of things that are important to them. All wanted to write about their families or moms.
One of my little girls speaks mostly only Hebrew. Been here since last March. My Hebrew is more limited than her English. It will be interesting to find language activities and writing assignments an English Language Learner can do. She is already reading decently considering.
My challenge is to figure out how to speed us up. But we have just begun, I have not had a third grade class except as a sub. The students always come in more as they were the grade before, it takes a whole year to mold them to where you want them to be. And lord knows what they learned last year, but someone has taught these 5 little girls how to read at least. They seem to love the times tables rock songs I am introducing them to.
Exhausted, off to study pre-calc. J