Monday, May 19, 2008

I must remind myself that...

I do like being a teacher, despite the numerous hoops we have to go through on a daily basis! The hoop for today was trying to figure out how to renew/register/move my intital certificate to standard. All of this lingo has me thoroughly confused. It's not enough that we (as teachers)went to school to get a degree and work our tails off doing the best job we can while balancing going back to get our master's degree, but we still have to prove to the state of Illinois that we are qualified by clocking 60 hours of professional development time outside of our regular classroom time! It is truly nerve-wracking and confusing, but I think I muddled my way through the online worksheets. I clocked and recorded 64 hours(which took forever to do so online, while, mind you, I've already filled these all out on paper, too!), filled out my letter of assurance (stating that I told the truth on everything), and now I have to wait to be approved and send a letter from my administrator to the Regional Office of the Superintendent to verify I've been teaching for 4 years! At the end of all of this, I'm sure there are many fees to be paid and maybe, just maybe I'l have my standard teaching certificate and won't have to go through all of this until another 4 years have passed! I applaud any of you non-teachers for reading this entire entry...it probably sounds way confusing! But, remember, I really do love my job...:)

3 comments:

Katie said...

Great!! LOL! I am going to become a teacher and I am NOT looking forward to that part of the job! Oh well, it will all be worth it im sure!

The Juggling Francophile said...

Joi, it's good to know that even you get frustrated with all the hoops made of red tape we have to go through -- I'm hoping that my mentor will be gracious enough to tell me when to start working towards my masters... I'm hoping theres a university nearby that has some great options... like summer courses! My fingers are crossed for you!

suzie said...

Yes, it's true! All the work taechers put in just to stay a teacher is mind numbing! But Thank the Lord for teachers like you, Joi!

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