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    By Ellen

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    I have worked for 7 years as a Teacher Assistant helping 1st graders with reading and writing. Have my own office and work one on one or a small group of students in an elementary school. I was tired of seeing new 1st grade teachers come in my building knowing less than I did and having meetings with the principal and core teachers and being looked down on even though I had many hours (150) of workshops under my belt. I decided to go back to school to be certified (MONEY?) I will be making 3 times what I had made as a TA. (Mind you, I even did my own lesson plans and research) So when someone mentions poor pay - Hey, I will get more and benefits to boot. But that's not why I'm doing it. I know I can make a difference with my experience. Oh by the way, I'm almost at senior standing and 50 years young. I am enjoying college more than ever because I know exactly what I want to do. BEHAVIOR? Hey, there will always be behavior problems, learn to deal with it. Take a Glasser Training Week like I did. It helps and you don't get stressed out as much. CUT-BACKS? Yeh, supplies are short, our school had to stop using colored xerox paper. Deal with it and be flexable and life will treat you good. I have a year to go and am looking forward to it. Because I have worked in a school for so long I really know what to expect. There are some clicks in staff, but there is everywhere. I remember someone told me long ago, make your friends with the secty (shes the first voice the principal hears) and the janitor (helps cleaning up vomit - especially during flu seasons). Go for TEACHING, it's worthwhile.

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