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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!


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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    Congrats on the teaching registration! emoticon The way you sound, you will be just right for the kids.
    1075 days ago
    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!

    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.
    1075 days ago
    I am sure that you will have a great time working with struggling students.
    1075 days ago
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    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!
    1075 days ago
    Awesome! What great news!
    1075 days ago
    1075 days ago
    Congrats! These kids are lucky to have you!
    1075 days ago
    You are doing great! emoticon on the new job!
    1076 days ago
    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
    1076 days ago
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