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    Bending
    By Amanda K.

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    I teach first grade, and while there can be a great deal of bending, etc., you can work out a system where that doesn't have to be the case. I was pregnant last year and was advised by my doctor in the second trimester not be too active at work or he'd pull me from work early. I was able to sit down most of the day by enlisting kids to pass out papers for me, etc. I hardly ever had to get up at all, and I did my chalkboard teaching from a tall stool. And when kids needed help, they'd come up to me to get help (I wouldn't make them ask for permission, they could just come up), instead of me coming to them and bending over their desk.

    In other words, I was able to work around my physical limitations without it affecting my teaching abilities. Granted, most primary teachers do bend over a lot, but those teachers also don't have physical limitations. You'll have to find your own style to suit your needs, but it can be done. And the great thing about kids in the primary grades is that they're very eager to go out of their way to help you, especially when they know you need it. I let my kids know that I was counting on them to help me, and they were quick to help.

    Good luck with your career! I love teaching in the primary grades, and I hope you will, too!



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