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Bonnie this was such a great idea! it will help us so much
My name is Scott and I'm in Indiana. I am a mid-life career changer. I start my first "field experience" (60 hours) in January 2010. My two 8-week student teaching placements will start in the fall of 2010. I may be ready to make the switch to teaching in the fall of 2011, but 2012 is a more realistic goal. I am working full-time while I pursue my degree.

I've been a substitute teacher for 3 years.

I'm majoring in elementary education. I enjoy all K-6 grades, but have had the best time working with kindergarten students.
Hi Scott!

I'm a mid-life career change as well :) I'm in NY. I started back 'tentatively' in Fall of 2008 taking 10 credits and in the Spring of 2009 I transferred to a teaching college nearby on a full-time basis. I also went through the summer so I can finish by this spring. I'm finishing the last 12 hours of my observations (we have to do 100 hours in NY) and will be placed as a student teacher in January in a middle school and March I'll start at the high school.

While I'm a secondary ed student (English), our school is predominantly elementary ed. I have a daughter in 3rd grade and I am the leader of her Girl Scout troop since she was in kindergarten. Working with the younger kids is VERY challenging, lol, my hat's off to you! I find that most teachers gravitated toward an age, not too many enjoy ALL ages.

I recently had to quit my job to finish school (my work hours were not at all flexible; i would not be able to student teach and work at all). It was a huge gamble, especially in this job market, but I'm hoping it will be worth it and I won't have too hard a time finding work (I'm hoping for a permanent substitute position or leave replacement until a permanent position opens up!).

I'm hoping the fact that I'm NOT 21 or 22 years old will make the transition from 'student' to 'student teacher' a little easier.

Have you found that your experience as a substitute has been beneficial to you? Did you decide to go into teaching after working as a substitute or did you always know you wanted to teach?

Oh, and welcome!

-bonnie
hi Bonnie,
I am also a career changer with kids. The reason I decided to pursue a career in teaching was because of my experience as a Girl Scout leader!
I am finishing my student teaching this week, (very very sad to leave my kids! sniff sniff) and am hoping like you to get a leave replacement/long term sub job at least. I am middle school math and luckily I have found a few schools hiring, but haven't heard back yet.
The fact that you are older and a mom will really help you transition to teacher mode a lot faster. Good luck!!
~Robin
Hi Scott!

I think what you are doing is great, it's never to late to change careers! Not many people would actually even take the first step to change careers.

I start student teaching next semester and am very excited to finally be able to get in front of a class and doing what i love.

I wanted to ask, how was it substituting for 3 years? If I do not get a job in the fall I was planning on going to graduate school and try to do substitute teaching until I can get a full time teaching position. This way I won;t be out of the schools for to long before i get a job
Hi, my name is Antoinette Bradley and I too am a career changer in Michigan. Actually I am switching sides. I have worked in Human Resources in the training area and after working with new employees I realized they are not very well prepared when they come to the business world. As a result, I decided to go back to school five years ago for secondary education in business. After being there for about three years I decided to add an English minor. I will be student teaching in January 2010 and graduating in May. I am excited and nervous like others and hoping that my age and real world experience will help me shine as I begin looking for a job. I started substitute teaching last fall to try to get as much experience in the classroom as I can before student teaching. I work full time and like Bonnie I will have to let it go to student teach.
Antoinette, many of us here will be in the same boat! My classmates and I will be student teaching in January. Its both scary and exciting! I worked in sales/marketing for many years before taking the plunge back into school. Sounds like we have a lot in common and look forward to chatting with you more in January! Are you on twitter? I've found that to be an amazing resource as well!
I am looking forward to the support and any that I can give others. I am on twitter @mrsannieeducate. However, I have not gotten the hang of it yet. I have been following others and not tweeting yet. So far I am following classroom 2.0, the English companion, sue waters from edublogs and daniel pink. I don't feel like I have anything to tweet just yet. I am struggling the same way with facebook. I think the more I become familiar with the tools, the easier it will be. Any and all suggestions are appreciated in this area as well.

I struggle with technology too! I've found the more you use it the more comfortable you become. 

Hi! Like some of the rest of you, I am a mid-life career changer from Orlando, Fl. I went back to earn my MA in Elem Ed and just graduated this August. I am looking for a position and was lucky enough to get 3 interviews, but didn't get any of the jobs. I realize there are MANY factors in getting a teaching position and I feel really lucky to have even gotten the interviews, as I've applied for nearly 60 positions with only the three calls for interviews. So here's my plan: to become a substitute teacher and a classroom volunteer which will allow me to develop relationships with several principals. My goal is to make a good impression and build a good reputation that can result in either excellent references or an offer for a permanent teaching position.

In the in-between, I'm working on gaining more knowledge about technology. I want to integrate it, but in an effective manner where students are learning and not just for the sake of using technology. I want to be thoughtful in my selection of what type to use. I am also developing my approach to classroom management and ideas about what to teach in the first weeks of school.

I hope to gain knowledge from the experience of great teachers here on the site.

Hey, all! I'm Kelsey from Manitoba, Canada. I am finishing my first degree in Music and English Education. I have three student teaching placements to go with one more year in my degree. I am trying to become more technologically savvy and aware of what is going on in education across North America. I was really excited to find this site!

If anyone out there is young-looking (I sometimes get mistaken for a student in high schools!) can you let me know how you compensated?

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