Monday, August 17, 2009

Orientation-First Day

"Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to."
John Ed Pearce

I can remember wanting nothing more than to move away from Burnt Hills when I was growing up. It was boring, the people were all the same, etc. etc. And yet, here I am, a short 5 years later and I couldn't be happier to be back where I grew up. Being back in a place where the people know me and actually care whether or not I succeed is an amazing feeling. I hope that my children will have an opportunity to experience this type of town.

Today was the first day of orientation and it was, surprisingly, quite enjoyable. There were 3 other BH grads there, and everyone was wonderful. The atmosphere was relaxed and the material was relavent. At the end of the day they showed us how to log on to our email and things of that nature. I was so excited about actually having my own job related email. And, I'm going to make a website for my class!!! :-) Can't wait to get started on that.
Have one more full day of Orientation left. Hoping it's good!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Schedule Changes

So after planning a couple lessons, I found out I have a slight change in the courses I'm teaching. I will be teaching Core Geometry instead of Algebra. Not a big change, but it means I will be teaching nothing but geometry courses. I guess it will allow me to focus a bit more on other things other than content. I should (hopefully) be able to reuse a lot of my lessons for each of the classes.

I am finding myself extremely nervous about having my own classes. Although I did have my first nightmare about teaching last Sunday (before starting tutoring) I haven't had any more yet. I'm waiting for them to start since it's only a matter of time. My first one was about the first day of school and I dreamt that I couldn't get the kids in alphabetical order because I did it wrong in prep and couldn't think fast enough and they wouldn't stop talking. I know deep down that I will be ok, but it's still so nerve wracking.

I've spent over $100 on supplies already for school. No wonder they say teachers spend their entire paychecks on school stuff. I needed binders and page protectors for my lessons, looseleaf for notes and answer keys, pencils, erasers, a calendar, etc. It just adds up so quickly. I still don't have any dress pants to wear to work....guess my first paycheck has already been spoken for.

Oh I did get to see my room the other day. I have 2 bulletin boards, a number of posters already in the room, 2 whiteboards and a number of chalk boards. I am going to need to stock up on chalk.

New teacher orientation starts Monday, so hopefully I will have some fun stories soon :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Starting to Pick UP

After spending the majority of my summer relaxing and socializing, I realize it's time for things to start picking up speed. I recently wrote out lessons for my first day of school for my classes, as well as their hand-out with rules and expectations. I will be teaching Algebra, Geometry and Tri Geo I (no idea what that is, so I'm thinking I should email someone soon about that...) I do have my own classroom (!!!!!!!!!) which is super exciting. This afternoon, I'm going over to the school to check it out.

I also started tutoring today, and apparently need to brush up on my stuff. I felt a little disorganized and chaotic, not to mention underprepared. There was even a question that I don't know how to do :( So I told my student I'd get back to him on it.

Oh and in unrelated news, we get real internet at home today! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Last Week in the Big Apple

So this is my last week in NYC. Monday after class the girls in my program and I went to a coffee shop and just hung out for a while. I had a "fresh squeezed lemonade" and was so confused when they brought me out a bowl of sugar. After taking a sip, I quickly realized why.... it was completely unsweetened...nothing but pure lemon juice! It ended up being an enjoyable afternoon catching up with everyone and just relaxing.

Last night I went out for a couple drinks with some people from my office. This turned interesting. As we were sitting there, I happened to look over Darcy's head and saw a giant cockroach climbing up the wall. Now for anyone who knows me, this should result in instant tears and panic. However, I contained myself. I looked toward the ceiling, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. Then I calmly informed Darcy what was next to her head. The waiter came over and got the giant disgusting creature and saved us. Needless to say, I definitely had the heebie-jeebies and wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to stay for food/drinks any more. I did stay and had a great time and just tried not to think about it. I mean honestly, how many other NYC restaurants have roaches, rats, etc.? Probably most of them. It's best not to think about it. Kind of how I don't like to acknowledge the amount of germs I touch on a daily basis on the subway. Best to look at it as I'm building up my immunity for teaching :)

Tonight is out to dinner with Laura! :) Hopefully it will be a good meal, sans bugs.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Last Couple Weeks

So I have been offered 2 more jobs since my first offer. I turned the second one down, and the third and final one was at Burnt Hills High School....my dream job. Obviously, I accepted that job and turned down the first offer. I will be teaching in my alma mater, something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It's going to be a little strange to call my former teachers, now colleagues, by their first names, but I will get used to it. It looks like I will have two days of work in the middle of August and then I'll start working the week before Labor Day. I can't wait to find out what my schedule is like, which classes I'll be teaching and if I have my own classroom. I want to start mapping out my curriculum for the year and find out what textbooks I'll be using, etc. etc.

I feel so lucky to have been offered this opportunity, but do feel guilty that I declined two other offers since they came first. However, I guess this is what comes from being in a marketable position and going to Teachers College. My excessively expensive degree paid off and landed me a great job.

In other, non-teaching related news, I am finishing my last class right now. It's a workshop on Instructional Models for gifted ed. Also, moving out of my NJ apartment early early Friday morning. It's a little bittersweet for me. I didn't really enjoy living down here, but I regret not taking more advantage of NYC. I never did anything while I was here except for the one week that John was visiting me. I just have such a bad taste in my mouth from doing things by myself after England, so I just didn't do anything. It's a shame, but there's really nothing I can do about it now. And I can always come back to visit!

Monday, June 22, 2009

It's Been a While

Ok, so it's official, I'm not so good at keeping up with this whole blog thing. I will try to be more frequent. So I was offered a job at a school district about 2 hours from home. Super exciting, considering they offered me it while I was at my interview!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hooray!!!!!

Just a quick post....

I GOT A JOB OFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More details to come later.

Friday, May 22, 2009

More Interviews....

And so it continues... Monday I had 2 interviews, both in the same school district. The first one was at the high school and lasted almost an hour. The second was at one of the middle schools and was only 15 minutes... I'm glad I didn't drive all the way up to Poughkeepsie just for that. I think the interviews went well, but there's really no way of knowing for sure.

Next week I have 2 interviews on Tuesday... one for a part-time position in Buffalo, and the other one is up past Watertown, NY. And within the last 5 minutes, I just got 2 more interviews for next week... one on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

This is insane.... :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

First Post

So today mark's the beginning of my new blog. My goal is to keep this up through my first year of teaching to kind of document the adventures that I will be sure to encounter. I'll be starting with the interview/application process, and going forward from there. I'm sure other aspects of my life will enter into this too, and that I will eventually stop using it, but here's a start.

So far, I've interviewed at 7 different districts, and have had 3 interviews with one! I have 4 more interviews scheduled over the next two weeks, and will probably get a few more phone calls before the end of the month. I've gotten at least one rejection from those 7 districts, and I'm definitely expecting one more soon. After all my whining about not getting any phone calls for interviews, now I wish people would stop calling! I don't have the time, money, or energy to keep doing this.

Keeping our fingers crossed that I get hired next week... should be getting called from 4 different districts with interview results. Maybe I'll have options?! I'm not getting my hopes up about that though. Just trying to get through the next 2 months of craziness and give up control of my life... time will tell how well I do with that.