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  •  U of P will be... (4+ / 0-)
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    Ree Zen, CalGal47, Noor B, worldlotus

    .... when I face losing my ramshackle apartment, and not much sooner.  Looks like I do have an adjuncting job lined up in a brick-and-mortar, not-for-profit school in the summer, which could also lead to more opportunities to go online.  

    And again, because I have opportunities like this, I really don't want the diary to be too much of a "woe is me" diary.  As long as I don't have an unexpected medical event, I'll figure something out, and get by living on half of what I used to.  Hooray.  The important thing, for me, is that it damn well is a cliff, and that I greatly respect Pres. Obama, and diarists like Meteor Blades, for not losing sight of the real pain that's about to be inflicted by the choice to go over the cliff.

    •  UofP is not the only (3+ / 0-)
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      Noor B, Transmission, worldlotus

      online college, though.

      I'm attending classes through the University of Massachusetts, and love it. Perhaps it is something you could look into?

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      by Stucko on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:03:19 PM PST

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    •  Substitute teaching is a decent gig. (2+ / 0-)
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      Transmission, worldlotus

      You absolutely have the quals to do that.  I've done it.  Mind you, it is a very different world than academia.  Middle school is challenging simply because the kids are "hormones with feet," as one phys-ed teacher put it to me.  High school, depending on where you are, can actually be a little frightening.  I was shocked to find I actually liked K-5.  The little kids are a blast.  You'll need to pass a criminal background check, and you pay for it out of your own pocket.  It should cost about $40, no more.  Apply for a radius of county districts around you.  There's an online system for vacancies being used in a lot of districts called AESOP, and you can manage multiple districts with it.

      Also check the private schools.  They will hire academics without "official education" credentials.  But those are a tough nut to crack.  They also need subs.

      Don't waste your time with the tutoring services.  They want people with education degrees and state certification.  That's what I've found.

      Good luck, hon.  Everyone who says the fiscal "curb" is no big deal has never tripped over a crack in the sidewalk and done a full face-plant on concrete.  It hurts, a lot.

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      by Noor B on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 01:08:19 PM PST

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