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2041. arkymalarky - 6/12/2019 3:16:05 AM

Retire then go back is the best way I've found to winnow down your stuff. I didn't get to go to graduation this time even though I promised the kids I would. I couldn't make it because Stan had to do something else. I love graduations. That and the first day of school.

Turns out I will be going back apparently. Virtually full-time. I'm happy about it, it's going to be one year and no more, and I'm worrying about my parents. I won't be teaching AP or pre-ap just straight English classes and one creative writing class and I told my principal if I do it it's going to have to be a peer-run class. It's totally elective guided but not graded class. If I can't do that then they'll just have to find somebody else but they have really worked on me to come back. in the end I was straight up about everything including this is a one and done deal. Also said if I have to miss I have to miss just dock my pay. My parents have to come first.

2042. Ms. No - 6/12/2019 6:20:21 PM

That makes perfect sense --- and of course your folks come first. I worry because mine are so far away. Last year was scary as shit. A dear friend of mine just found out her mother is developing dementia. We're all too young for this.

So excited about your Creative Writing class! I've been co-advising our creative writing club for 9 years now. We just published our 8th book of collected works.

I'd love to chat with you about your class. I just finished writing some professional development for teachers who want to use the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method. We've been using this method since the beginning and it's been super-successful.

2043. arkymalarky - 6/14/2019 2:28:01 PM

I would love that. Still don't know if I'm going to end up doing it. If I do it will be a creative writing Workshop, Peer-run and ungraded. What they're wanting me to do is teach seven classes, 8th 9th 10th grade English and this writing class. That's four preps. I made it clear I will not do that much. I'm stretching it to say what I'll do with the writing class at all. So they need to hire someone else if they can't make an adjustment on that. I'm not going to do that kind of schedule anymore. And I wasn't looking for a job, this came up when I was up there visiting. I would love to go back for a year, I could not do any more than that, and I will not do that kind of load with my parents like they are. It's a bad enough schedule if I lived right there and didn't have any other responsibilities.

2044. arkymalarky - 6/18/2019 3:12:21 PM

Well, I'm not doing it after all. I'm kind of relieved although a little bit sad about the money. When you go back after retirement you draw your retirement plus your salary. I simply was not going to do that schedule and I told them they should go with a local person and that's what they ended up doing. She may be less experienced, but she's not going anywhere. I made an offer early in this far too lengthy process to help mentor her if they needed me and I'm not making that again. If they remember they may ask if they need to, but I'd just as soon they forget I offered.

2045. arkymalarky - 6/18/2019 3:26:57 PM

LOL. Right after I posted that the principal texted me and said they might need me to help as a mentor. I said I'd be glad to if they needed me. I would enjoy it, but I'd like to get my mindset to either be working or not working. I doubt they'll call, but this would be a nice no pressure part-time situation.

2046. arkymalarky - 6/29/2019 7:23:24 AM

Got my lifetime teaching license today. Don't know if I'll ever use it but I love having it. If I ever decide I want to work part-time that will make it easy. After thinking I was going back to work, I realize I don't ever intend to go back full time. I wouldn't while my parents are living, and once they're gone I won't want to take that on.

2047. arkymalarky - 9/24/2019 7:20:03 PM

Well looking at my last post, you just think things are going to rock on like they always do but they don't. Dad's bladder cancer came back and he got through surgery fine and we'll see the prognosis tomorrow, but man am I glad I didn't take even a part-time job this year. I have to take Dad for treatment once a week for six weeks in Hot Springs and probably more stuff before and after that. We're babysitting grandson in a week or two and having company after that, then dad's treatment start. No way I could have worked

2048. arkymalarky - 9/24/2019 7:24:45 PM

Still miss it though, still dream about it, still sometimes cry about it. Stan and I were talking today about the fun stuff we used to tell kids. They'd always ask for a free day and stan would tell them it is going to be a free day it won't cost you a dime. And I used to tell mine if they would work extra hard for a couple of days I would give them two free days in a row. It would take them a minute to figure out that that was Saturday and Sunday. They be all excited and then disappointed. Good times.

2049. Ms. No - 9/26/2019 5:21:10 PM

Yeah, I think everyone has this idea of retirement as being nothing to do all day except what you want to do and it never works out that way.

I'm starting to seriously think about my exit plans. Set to meet with a friend in a couple of weeks about what further schooling/certification I need to pursue to make a transition to post-secondary education.

2050. arkymalarky - 9/27/2019 3:12:05 PM

Yeah it's different when you get out because you feel like you have to instead of wanting to and looking forward to it or making a career change. Spook and stan don't get it because they were both ready to get out of teaching. I wasn't. My job was too much with the schedule and the commute , and my life was getting to be too much and I just couldn't do both anymore. And that's just how it is, thankfully I was ready for it financially, but I have to be there for my parents right now. And for my daughter and grandson because we want to spend time with him instead of working all the time.

2051. arkymalarky - 9/27/2019 3:13:40 PM

Keep me posted on what you end up doing. Might not be your thing, but Mose is ecstatic about being a public school librarian. She would not go back to teaching English for anything, not because of the classroom but because of the grading. She never could get a system that kept her OCD in check so that she didn't have to mark every little thing every kid did.

2052. arkymalarky - 9/27/2019 3:16:18 PM

Problem with libraries is that they're disappearing in public schools and I hate that. It's not happening where she is and she's teaching in a high-poverty 95% Latino Middle School.

2053. arkymalarky - 9/27/2019 3:22:54 PM

Here in Arkansas to do post-secondary requires Masters plus 15 in the subject area.

2054. arkymalarky - 9/28/2019 12:13:06 AM

Some good jobs within the system for people who want to build up their retirement are esl, curriculum, reading specialist. I never had any interest in administration or really anything besides the classroom, but got my masters in ESL and did some of that with teaching. Where I am that's not a full-time job anywhere. Counseling and special ed are nightmares because of the paperwork. A good friend of mine went from English teaching to counseling and she hated it. She's retired now. She was a writing specialist for year and I think she hated that as well. Much too much grading

2055. arkymalarky - 9/28/2019 12:16:02 AM

I don't know about California, but I think in Arkansas if you do post-secondary in a state system you get to continue your retirement. To me that's important because once you do have to do at whatever point it's a shock to the system the change in income. I make about $15,000 less than I did teaching. I have AR retirement Savings Program, but I really don't want to use it up before I get Social Security.

2056. arkymalarky - 9/28/2019 12:17:11 AM

That last was a joke. I'm not anywhere close to even putting a dent in it that's because I paid off a lot of debt and did some things in preparation to retire that helped

2057. Ms. No - 10/7/2019 3:34:01 AM

Yeah, I don't know half of what I need to know about retirement and wealth-building. I'm also thinking I should talk to a life-coach/head-hunter/career-coach sort of person.

What I really want is just to do whatever the hell I want to do and not have to worry about money. I want to spend all my time playing with my family and doing art stuff and traveling.

I'm sooooooo lazy.

2058. arkymalarky - 10/7/2019 7:39:18 AM

lol. I never thought about it until my school was closing.

2059. Ms. No - 10/8/2019 8:41:00 AM

Had a conversation with a colleague at Sac State and she's steering me toward an EdD --- which, much as I have railed against them in the past is actually probably the best road for me.

2060. arkymalarky - 10/8/2019 5:01:07 PM

I think you could do a lot with it. Education departments are much improved over what they used to be and their research has much more validity since they quit trying to imitate other departments and are truly looking at research-based improvements. My dad used to say it they start with a small flick of Truth and lather it up using jargon and hoohaw. That's just not true anymore.

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