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YAY normality (and some great news!)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My quest for normality is going well. I've been to the gym 3 times this week (2 boxing classes and a weights session) and I'm feeling good. A little sore, but good! Tomorrow is another weights day, and then I have Friday off!I've also been eating pretty well, with lots of fruit and veggies. There was a morning tea at work on Monday, but I only had a small plate, and I didn't get seconds. Moderation!

I got some great news the day before grandpa died, and I was so preoccupied that I forgot to tell you guys!

I have a job!

YEP!

It is at a decile 1 school** with a lot of Maori and Pasifika children. It is a small school of 140 students. I am very passionate about working with low decile children, and with raising the achievement of Maori and Pasifika students. I will be teaching new entrants (5 year olds, brand new to school). I am excited and nervous! I currently teach gifted, independent 8-11 year olds, so changing to 5 year olds that probably won't speak a lot of English is going to be a huge change. I'll manage though, and I'm looking forward to a new challenge.

Also, as of today, I am a fully registered teacher! I applied for registration 10 days ago, and I got the official email today.

** In NZ all schools have a decile rating, based on the socioeconomic status of the surrounding area. Decile 1 schools have poorer students, decile 10 schools are in rich areas. Decile 1 schools tend to have a lot of Maori and Pasifika students, decile 10 tend to have a lot of European and Asian students. I realise that all sounds terrible, but it's just the way it is.
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CATLADY52 11/13/2013 6:12PM

    Congrats on the teaching registration! emoticon The way you sound, you will be just right for the kids.

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LIVEDAILY 11/13/2013 5:04PM

    Congratulations on both you being fully certified and on the new job! Five year olds is what is called Kindergarten here in the states. Regardless of their first language, 5 year olds LOVE music, and there's a LOT of good educational music choices out there! Do you know about Dr. Jean?? She's amazing! A lot of fun, silly songs, but a lot of her songs teach basic skills. There's also a great writing programme called "Kid Writing" which I've used successfully with 5 year olds. I LOVE this age group!!

Congrats with getting back to normalcy!
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The decile system serves a purpose, and that's to identify those students and schools that need more help. At least they don't sugarcoat it like they do here in the states.

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JSTETSER 11/13/2013 10:31AM

    I am sure that you will have a great time working with struggling students.
Enjoy!

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CARLA-216 11/13/2013 9:14AM

    Congrats on the job! This job is in Wellington, right? I don't think the decile system sounds horrible. I would like to think that students in schools with a lower decile would receive a bit more attention/teaching to help them along.

And hurray for normality!

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ADARKARA 11/13/2013 8:24AM

    Awesome! What great news!

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REGILIEH 11/13/2013 7:37AM

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PATSYB7 11/13/2013 5:51AM

    Congrats! These kids are lucky to have you!
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MARINEMAMA 11/13/2013 4:56AM

    You are doing great! emoticon on the new job!

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SLIMMERKIWI 11/13/2013 4:49AM

    GOOD ON YOU !!!! You have a challenge and a half ahead of you, but I am more than sure you will rise to the occasion :-)

Kris xxx

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