Friday, December 30, 2011

Almost Over...

These days of enough sleep will soon come to an end. I'll miss the sleeping part, but I won't miss the sitting around on my heiny part. I'm wondering if it almost wouldn't be better to have a week shorter break, and then take those 5 days and sprinkle them around for FIVE FOUR-DAY weeks at various times during the year. Then it would be like mini vacations all the time.

I went to a wedding of an old friend yesterday, a retired math teacher getting married for the first time, WOOT, and not surprisingly, he invited a bunch of other math teacher friends he'd taught with throughout his career. I was chatting with a few, and we happened upon the discussion of administration. A retired woman was commenting on the fact that as the years went on in her teaching, she'd see various administrators come and go, and they got younger and younger and greener and greener and she just had to ride out the tide.

Some other retired middle school teacher's husband commented on the fact that at the various school parties he noticed a hefty amount of alcohol. Ahem.

Another teacher was reminiscing about the days when there would be a "homework hotline" where they were paid $10/hour to sit and wait in the evening for possible student calls for math/english help.

Another retired teacher was mentioning the fact that she now gets paid $26/hour to tutor 10 students at a particular school. I know of another retired math teacher that tutors students in a wealthy district for about $40-$50/hour and for most of the year (half the year?) has about 20 students on his roster once a week. Yeesh. I guess there won't be any shortage of things to do when that time comes. ...


  1. I didn't think I could sit home so when I retired, I immediately took a job teaching at a college nearby. That, in addition to the other college I teach in had me teaching 4 classes 3 days a week. I decided enough is enough and am only going to teach two nights a week in the spring. I think I might even enjoy not working, but if I don't like it, there are plenty of other jobs for math teachers.

  2. Hi P.O. Happy New Year and Holidays and such.

    I like your idea about teaching a couple of times a week. It seems like you'll still get the teaching thrill, and then have luxurious long weekends in between. Good to know that may be an option in the future.

    Hope your dad is okay.

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