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3/21/13 11:31 A

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Hi, I'm new too... though I've been on SP for a year and a half... so far down about 75 pounds, with ideally another 40 or so to go... kind of stalled right now, but at least not gaining back!

I teach in a public high school in SE Arizona... the state that apparently is trying to kill public education, but we soldier on. This year I am teaching US History, three sections of AP US History and a section of AP Human Geography. It's my 20th year teaching, but I came to the career late... so I actually officially retired last year, but they hired me back as a contract teacher since my position is considered hard to fill and I had tried to rescind the retirement notice... so.. hopefully one more year since I'm having a lot of fun.

I am looking forward to new friends and new ideas!

Barb



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3/17/13 6:51 A

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Hi, I am new to the high school teacher group. Nice to meet you. Wow, you have a challenging job! Have you ever thought of going to school and moving from para to a special ed teacher? There are a lot of incentives out there to help pay for the tuition.
I teach art, grades 9-12. My Art I class is often a dumping ground for those the counselors don't know to put anywhere else. I get special needs students, the average student, and the gifted ones....students that want to take art, those put there and end up loving it...and those few who just want to warm the chair. But I love it.

Cheri from Georgia
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2/13/13 2:08 P

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HI, I`m Margaret and I joined this team a bit ago, but can`t remember if I introduced myself.....so..
I`m a Para and I monitor high school students taking on line classes at a career center. This is my 3rd year here and it is by far my most hectic! I have students taking:
Pre algebra, Algebra,Algebra 2, Geometry,Precalculus; English 9,10,11; Life Science, Earth& Space Science,Biology:and American History...at all hours....
This is for credit recovery mostly, but we have a new counselor at the high school and she appears to think this is kind of a SPED classroom....it is crazy!....and I had people flunk last semester and never had anyone fail in previous years! ....but...as much as I have griped and complained here, I love this job! even with the very tiny paycheck.
I worked at a bunch of different jobs for 25 years, then returned to school and got my degree for Social Work....but found out I hated Social Work! I do love this job!

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and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
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8/10/12 7:55 P

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Hello everyone! I'm glad to find some fellow high school teachers interested in losing weight and better health! I'm a long time teacher of French, and my husband and I teach in the same school! :) I'm a lifetime Weight Watchers member, but need to take off the ten pounds that I've gained over the last couple of years. Working with my husband has been a challenge in that we tend to stay at school later and eat out more. Also, the new WW program just didn't work for me, so I'm working the old one and checking in with other like-minded people on Spark Pages.

~ Learning to say, along with Paul, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:12, 13 NIV


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7/20/12 9:21 P

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Hello, I just found this group! I teach math at a high school near Austin, TX. I think I will be teaching Algebra 1 this year, so mostly 9th graders. This will be my 5th year of teaching, but only my 2nd year in the high school setting. I did one year at an elementary school, then 2 years at a middle school. I miss my 7th graders, but the high school setting is growing on me!

I have tried to lose weight so many times, I can't keep track of that. I had wanted to be in a much healthier position than I am before school starts, but I have 4 weeks before in-service starts and 5 weeks before the kids show up, so time to make a difference and be on the right path before the school year craziness officially takes over!

Looking forward to chatting with you all on this journey! :)


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7/1/12 5:14 P

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Hi,
I've been a secondary English instructor in Iowa for 23 years. That means I teach 8th, 10th, and 12 graders. I love my students and my school, but I'm not sure civilians know how stressful the job is. It's great to have a place to "hang out" with people that understand! emoticon

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5/8/12 12:39 P

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Hi everyone. I'm new to the group, so I thought I would introduce myself. I teach business education in Georgia, and have done so for eight years. I'm in my second (official) battle with weight, and hoping I can lose and maintain this time.

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2/20/12 12:13 P

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Hi everyone!

I am a math teacher in Ontario, currently teaching Gr 10 and 11. I am not a permanent teacher; the job market is quite grim here and I am VERY lucky to have the temporary position that I do. I've been at the same school basically on extended supply for a teacher that is ill since last February; I just hope I get to stay there permanently now that he has officially retired! Otherwise, I supply taught for 2 years before I started this position.

I'm not new to Spark, but haven't used it in quite some time as I have been a Weight Watchers member for about a year and a half. I liked the WW program, but something about it just stopped working for me, after having lost 25 lbs. I've been basically stuck at the same weight yo-yoing up and down over the same 10 lbs, for the past 14 months. I would really like to break that!

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2/15/12 1:01 P

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I am a high school special education teacher at a public school in Kentucky. This is my second round of weight loss on Sparkpeople. In 2007, I lost about 95 pounds by following the sparkpeople plan - logged my foods and exercised 3-5 days a week(walk away the pounds mostly). Anyhow, after some major life changes - new house, new career, earning Master's degree, and a baby in 2009, I gained nearly all of it back by first stopping the exercise due to pregnancy and never picking it back up and second by eating without thought about the portion sizes. Finally, I am ready to do this again!

Jennifer
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2/9/12 4:43 P

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I'm a Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science teacher at a small charter school in North Carolina. It is my second year teaching and my second time seriously trying to lose weight, so I need all the help and support I can get!

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2/4/12 8:24 P

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I can really relate to the discipline issue and trying motivate kids that have become convinced that school isn't worth it. Teaching math, algebra in my case, is also tough as they don't see why they have to do it and aren't convinced that developing their thinking and problem solving skills is really worth it! I look forward to chatting with you!

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2/4/12 8:21 P

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Hey teachers! I am a math and computer teacher at an alternative school for 9th and 10th graders in Madison, WI. Happy to meet you all and have a place to chat.

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1/3/12 8:37 P

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I teach high school in an urban,Chicago area school. I teach Family and Consumer Science (Home Ec to you old school folks) The biggest issues I have are with discipline. Teaching an elective is a challenge when most of the kids don't even care about the basics. We laugh-alot-I am convinced that humor is the only thing that keeps us all going. Looking forward to connecting with all of you.

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Hey howdy fellow teachers!

Welcome to our asylum, if you feel so inclined. Current, former, and teachers-to-be are definitely welcome, as well as other high school staff and subs(after all, we are all in this together)

I wanted to make this group because i love the friendliness and such of the teachers forums, but most of the time the teachers are elementary teachers or middle school. we don't have many of the same issues to contend with because of the differences in daily structure and the ages of our students.

I really wanted to find other high school teachers and discuss the issues these teachers deal with: survival stories, school policies, discipline issues, building time for the after-school activities and support of students, how you incorporate exercise, etc. i think of this as a way for us to learn from each other. I myself am not in the classroom yet except as a substitute teacher (been certified since 12/2008, though) and I remember my internship and the people i worked with. I've always loved to learn from people who've been there, and I think we can help each other out when we need to.

For privacy's sake, i wouldn't want you to list the school you're at on here (unless you really want to), but please at least let us know what you teach and in what state--that'd be great to know (especially because of the differences the states have with rules and policies, so we have a frame of reference).

Feel free to vent and just go nuts all you want, and give us a glimpse of your trench in this war to create intelligent citizens. All the best to ya!

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