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Mom-life Identity Crisis

I love my job as a teacher.  I love my students, I love the challenge, I love watching them grow.  But I don’t want to put my babies in daycare.  I believe – we believe – that babies should be at home, or maximum with a much-loved babysitter, one-on-one, until they show readiness for preschool.

When Shlomo was born, I was in my last semester of college. We had a mishmash of me, Yitzchak, and my best friend.  When I started teaching, he was six months old, and I took a babysitter.  That ate up half my salary, and I worked hard and came back exhausted, with no energy for anything.  The year after that, I worked from home; towards the end of the year, I saw that he was starting to become more social and by the time summer vacation came, I knew that he needed to go to gan that September.

I found him a gan, and found myself a teaching job. Towards the beginning of this school year, I had Tova.  So, after my maternity leave was over, Yitzchak and I did another mishmash of scheduling, and staying home, and Yitzchak would take her with him, sometimes.  Now, I have the question again, but slightly different, since 9 months is different than 6 months, and Tova will be 9 months at the beginning of the school year.

And I have a problem.  If my resume shows that every time I have a baby, I take a year off to stay home . . . no one will hire me.  So, what do I do?  Do I keep teaching, or do I stay home?  If there was an option for only Yitzchak to work, and for me to stay home and just keep house, I would.  Yitzchak would too, obviously, but I’m not sure it’s good for him to be keeping house all day.  At the end of the day, intelligence, politics, and equal rights aside, it increasingly seems to us that we are a pretty traditional couple.

I also am not thrilled at the prospect of working from home again, but unless someone gives Yitzchak a miracle job that will pay all our bills AND allow us to put money aside (so that, for instance, we can buy a couch and put the sapapa in the guest room; or so that we can buy a standing oven with a stove on top, instead of having a toaster oven and a two-burner stove that sits on the counter; ah, and a carseat for Shlomo and a new stroller because ours was not a well-researched purchase, and new clothes for me every time I change size), I don’t really have a choice.

And so, dear readers, I turn to you. Does anyone on here have a steady writing, editing, or teaching job that I can do from home?  It needs to be a set number of hours a week and a steady pay[pal]check at least $1500 a month.  Ideas?  Opportunities?  Have any of you done data entry, and can recommend a reliable website?

Hey, at least my parents can’t complain that they paid thousands for my degree and here I am looking for a simple job from home.  The Israeli government paid for 3 years of my degree, and Yitzchak and I paid for the fourth, 200 shekels at a time.

The Online Literature Course

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Translation: “The virtual campus for teachers.” This is the picture on the site’s homepage.

That, obviously, I have to do.

It works like this: Starting from next year, you will not be allowed to teach literature unless you have taken this course.  And they will not be teaching this course anymore.  Bear in mind that they have been saying this for quite a few years.  I, in all innocence, thought that this time, they really meant it – in the past, they said, “Starting in a few years;” now, they said, “Starting next year.”  When I told Yitzchak, he asked what would happen to the brand-new teachers.  At first I didn’t understand, because I took a similar course in college (from a top professor, too).  Then he explained himself and I thought, “Hm, good point.  I should ask the counselor.”  So I asked and she said that she doesn’t know and they haven’t figured it out yet, and that they go through this every year.  Israel.  I don’t understand why it can’t just be a required course in colleges.  I guess I won’t understand – because this is Israel.

Well, luckily, the course for my area is online.  Why luckily?

First of all, it saves the time and money that I would have spent on travel.

Second of all, it means I can do it at my pace (fast) and not sit there bored waiting for everyone else to get it.

Third, and most obvious – I can do it whenever I want.

The downside?  I can do it whenever I want.

But it sure is a better package than a face to face course.  And, there really isn’t another option, thank G-d.  For each area there is either one or the other.  Thank G-d that this is what I have.  I’m done being bored in class, I had enough of that a long time ago.

However, there are a few problems with this course.

1) The sessions usually start on Mondays.  This is great – I can do the work Monday night and have Tuesday free to do other things.  Problem is, the session usually only opens late at night (session 6 opened at 11:30pm; session 7 opened 1:14am), so although I can access it on Tuesday, it doesn’t really open on Monday and I get frustrated.

2) The instructor has not checked my – or most other people’s – work since session 2 or 3.  Needless to say, it’s kind of frustrating.

3) The one session so far (6) that I actually needed was lacking.  The instructor said that this session (7) should fill in the gaps, but it doesn’t – it talks about a related topic but not the one I need, nor about the differences between them.  Topics that I already know were overdone.  And this specific topic, that I wanted to clarify, is way underdone.

4) Half of the reflections for the sessions aren’t sent with the rest of the session.  The first time this happened, I emailed and asked for the link.  She sent it pretty much right away.  The second time, it took a week (until the next session opened) to even receive an answer, and the answer was that the instructor had simply not put it together yet.  She would do so in the morning.  Well, it’s still not done.  And I’m really annoyed.  (I want to check it off my list already!)

5) The course uses mhtml.  It opens only in Chrome.  It is slow, inconvenient, and honestly, I don’t see why it can’t be more user-friendly.

Other than that, it’s a pretty good deal.  I paid 30 shekels ($9) for the course, because it is subsidized.  It probably gives me a slight raise in salary.  And it gives me a lot more confidence teaching literature . . . even if most of the material is stuff I already know.