Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Washington State
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I'm an AMI teacher too, and I would recommend the AMI training. It is a huge decision when you already have a family. I took my training (primary and elementary) before I had children and it was still a sacrifice - it would be much harder now.
Even so, besides the pedagogical advantages (much more in-depth information), there are so many more jobs available. While an unaffiliated school might hire someone with any type of training, an AMI school will only hire an AMI teacher. With AMI training you can work at nearly any school, including many schools overseas.
An anecdote or two (or three)...
While taking my primary training there was a woman who was the daughter of two AMI teachers. She was taking the AMI training after having already taken AMS training because she felt like she didn't learn what she needed to learn.
While taking my elementary training there was a woman taking the AMI training after taking the AMS training because the school in which she wanted to work, and that hired her, required AMI training. She had taken the AMS training because it was easier to fit into her life initially, but wound up having to take the AMI training any way. It would have been easier to have taken the AMI training to begin with.
There is a mom at my school (whose daughter will begin in the fall) who has been considering training for several years. Her (now seven year old) daughter has attended two AMS schools and she was sure that AMI training would not fit into her life and that AMS was good enough. Last week we had a parent night (the first she has attended) and she was so impressed with the in-depth information presented that she stayed after to talk. She said that what they did at her daughter's other schools didn't sound like what we were doing and that what we were doing was fascinating to her. The next day she dropped a resume off at my house applying for an assistants position and stating her intent to take AMI training as soon as her youngest is a bit older. She has decided to put off AMI training until her baby is older rather than take AMS training now.
Anyway - my own journey into AMI training is similarly thought out. I was lucky to be childless at the time so that I could travel more easily for my training. Someday I would like to take the 0 - 3 training, but it will have to wait until my baby is a bit older.
Good luck - these are tough decisions. Sorry to ramble on about my own (biased, undoubtedly) position!