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Good deal for future teachers

1 Feb

Thinking about teaching? GREAT! There will be many teaching jobs available as the baby boomer generation continues to retire in the next handful of years.

Federal TEACH Grants can provide up to $4,000. To qualify you must do the following:

  • Be enrolled in, or plan to complete, coursework to begin a teaching career.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better.
  • Sign an agreement to serve as a paid, full-time teach in a high-need field serving low-income students.
  • Agree to teach at least four academic years within eight years of completing your program of study.

One caveat: If you fail to complete your obligation, the grant converts to an unsubsidized Stafford loan that you (the student) must repay with interest.

However, for those determined to go into teaching, the TEACH Grant is a great help.

For more info, you can go to this government website: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

 

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The best teacher gifts

1 Dec

Seniors, it’s a good time of year to think about writing thank-you notes for those teachers who have written letters of recommendation for you. Emails are not sufficient. Write a written note and hand it to your teacher. This should be several sentences long and demonstrate your sincere appreciation for that hour-plus effort your teacher made in your behalf.

If you’d like to do something more, here are other ideas . . .

Edibles:

  • Homemade cinnamon rolls, bread or dinner rolls
  • Small box of chocolates
  • Homemade fudge or other candy
  • A small plate of cookies
  • A small fruit tray

Other ideas:

  • Cute sticky notes
  • A small package of thank-you notes
  • An ornament
  • A pair of socks
  • An inexpensive pair of gloves (think: dollar store!)
  • A candle
  • NOT the kitschy, teacher-y gifts

In other words, keep it simple.

However, here’s what I think would be the BEST presents for a teacher:

  • A visit: Just stop by the teacher’s room the last week of school and say “Merry Christmas!” Teachers are super-stressed that time of year, and a smile and hello would mean a lot. However, keep it short–just a “hi, thinking of you” and a smile would be great.
  • A Christmas card or a note: The words Thank you for all you do! could keep that teacher going for another day, month, or season of teaching. Truly.
  • A phone call: Call the school administrator and tell him or her what a great job that teacher is doing. Those words will filter down and bless that teacher immensely.
  • An email . . . here are a couple suggestions:
    • “Is there anything I can do to help you in this busy season?”
    • “Could my child stay after school one day this week to grade papers for you?”
  • The benefit of the doubt and your trust: Teachers work hard, do their best to grade fairly, and truly do care about their students.
  • Your prayers: Teachers get discouraged and exhausted. Pray for moral and physical strength, wisdom about discipline matters, insight about teaching strategies

Honestly, I do not remember gifts I was given over the years, but I DO remember the students and parents who treated me with respect and kindness. Those gifts are the best.

Merry Christmas!

Don’t rule out private colleges

7 Nov

A former student of mine is now attending Dominican University of California in San Rafael on an athletics/academics scholarship that provides full tuition.

While the window of application opportunity may be closing by the end of this month for some public universities, most private universities are still accepting applications. There are many advantages to attending a private college:

  • Smaller class size
  • Opportunity to get to know your professors better
  • Better chance of getting the classes you need
  • Greater likelihood of being able to design a major of your own
  • Higher chance of graduating in four years — in fact, some four-year private universities guarantee this
  • And even though the tuition costs are significantly higher than those of public universities, often the private colleges have huge endowments from their alumni, so that you can get large scholarships and university grants. Because you can most likely graduate in four years (if you don’t mess around!), the overall cost may be the same as that for a four-year college. The oldest of our four children attended Biola University in southern California. There she got a leadership scholarship, was able to live in the dorm for as many years as she wanted, made wonderful friends, got a great job as an assistant to the English department’s dean, and received an excellent recommendation that got her a job teaching immediately after graduation. Our out-of-pocket was no higher than that for our other three children who attended public universities.Give private colleges a chance! Apply and see how the financial aid might play out.Any good news out there? Where have you been accepted to college thus far?

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