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Teaching in WashingtonState

Surely someone can give me some inside knowledge and advice: which cities are my best bet, how long does the certification process take, do I start by applying for the state certification or by applying to jobs?

Who in #education is in WA?
 Already certified in another state, looking to relocate next summer with a position if not sooner.

The Beatles - In My Life
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fuckindiva:

"In My Life was, I think, my first real, major piece of work,” John Lennon said. “Up until then it had all been glib and throwaway.” The ballad reflects the serious turn the Beatles took with Rubber Soul, but it specifically arose from a journalist’s challenge: Why don’t you write songs about your life? The original lyrics put Lennon on a bus in Liverpool, “and it was the most boring sort of ‘What I Did on My Holidays Bus Trip’ song,” he said. So Lennon rewrote the lyrics, changing the song into a gorgeous reminiscence about his life before the Beatles. It’s ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

It’s [only?] the third week of school…

Positives:
I’ve been working out daily again for over a month now!
Getting back into lifting, which I really missed. Still hate lunges.
Just graded a stack of papers, got some sneaky smarties on my hands!
Student I butted heads with last year has gotten his act together!
My boyfriend has been good and patient and supportive as I transition from my fun and carefree summer self to my stressed out working self.
New paycheck bizarrely high, not going to say anything.
I’m consistently using ClassDojo but need to get weekly rewards for my winners.

Negatives:
No improvement on schedules, likely none coming.
Already feel behind, not enough time to do it all: IEP scheduling, IEP writing, positive parent phone calls, documenting behavior already, probably need to write a BIP, etc.
Related: new grading/attendance/data/catchall program is a clusterfuck with 124 steps to do anything.
And when the hell am I supposed to benchmark my kids? And how?!
Need to be tracking my calories and macros. Like I have time for that shit.

HELP:
Does anyone use AimsWeb? Went to a training in March, now I’m expected to use it without a refresher, have some questions.

mscarmenb:

supermoclel:

are you ever in the middle of saying something or showing someone something and you realize that literally no one cares 

TEACHING!

Seventh graders, specifically.

Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
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You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it to you.
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Lesson plans: mine are in blue on the calendar, only a week out so far.
First close-up is a coworker’s plan I’m using for my reading course.
Second is my bare-bones ELA planning, which relies heavily on Scholastic’s SCOPE magazine. 
Huge difference between their plans and mine, not feeling good about it but have so much more to do with IEPs and behavior documentation right now that takes priority.

Seating Charts?

gravyish:

jibteaches:

Do you use seating charts in your classroom? Thinking about trying something new…

When I taught cross cat Sped I didn’t do seating charts because my numbers were small and knew I had space to move kids if their choices didn’t work.

Co-teaching this year with way bigger classes and seating charts are crucial or chaos would reign.

Same: taught small resource room classes last year (maxed out at 10 students), only had to move students when a problme arose and most out of habit took the same seat daily.

This year my classes have 14-16 and having assigned seating is essential in my attempt to control the chaos. I have about 19 student desks total, and four larger tables for group work, yet currently lack enough chairs to use them all at once.