Re: When to tell my students?
Posted by Me on 4/11/2020, 5:12 pm, in reply to "Re: When to tell my students?"
Sounds like you may have agreed with me before you had the perspective of being on the other side. I'll try to remember that in 20 years when I'm making that decision. |
As far as staying away, this is such a common idea among band directors and I don't understand it at all. I'm only in my second job, but the first one, both previous directors (I replaced two of them) stopped by to say hi once or twice. Both of them came to a couple concerts that first year. I let one of them run 10 minutes of a rehearsal (free mini-clinician). When I moved on after 5 years, I had the same thing with my new school. Invited the old director to our spring concert, Kids were excited and it caused ZERO issues for me. I'm confident in my rehearsal process, work hard for my program, and I'm nice to kids, so maybe that's part of it.
Let's see...everything is over, you have a lot of days on the table that you will NOT be paid for and will just disappear after you retire. Nope. I would take the days. By the way, I'm already retired and have been so for three years, now. I didn't take the days and am kicking myself for not doing so. After you retire, your district will replace you and forget about you before the ink is dry. Some kids might miss you but the bet thing for retirees to do is to stay away and let the new person take over. Don't interfere. Don't give out your personal email, phone number Facebook, etc. for students to contact you to whine about the new director. I know of some of my fellow retirees who have done this and I think it is wrong. I said to one of them that he should have stayed if he couldn't keep his nose out of the program. Retire or stay. But you can't have it both ways.
First, i may be going a little crazy because Iíve been in my home alone for a month. I always, always think itís crappy when people use all their days and check out a few months early when they retire. Having said that, in this one situation, youíre an assistant doing distance learning, if itís anything like my school youíre not allowed to burden the kids with any strenuous work... Iíd use my days and retire early. Tell the kids now. Tell them the school has found a great person to replace you. Tell them youíll miss them and youíll be thinking about them on Friday nights when youíre sitting in your house, and wish them the best. Theyíll be alright.
After 35 years in music education, I am retiring to pursue furthering my career in composing and arranging.
I already turned in my early retirement paperwork to my school district, as well as, sending off my paperwork to TRS. Yesterday, my district interviewed for my position and today offered it to their candidate.
I am debating when and how to tell my students. Originally, I was going to tell them in person, but now that most likely won't happen. I want to make sure they hear it from me before my co-worker introduces the new director.
Any recommendations? Should I still wait until mid to late May? Should I post a video, on Google Classroom, telling the students. My last day in officially May 29th, so I need to do this before then.
Thank you in advance.