Now on to it.
First of all, Subbing:
I'm doing this a lot, mostly at two local districts. One being where I student taught, and the other being it's rival district. Both are wonderful. Honestly, I drive home from work every single day quite giddy with joy, all smiles, with my head in the clouds, because I've enjoyed my day so much. Who knew work could be this way?
I didn't know if it would work out this way. Me liking subbing and all. I get overwhelmed by new things, and in a lot of ways, every day is new and different, but its not overwhelming (usually); its wonderful. Or perhaps its just all wonderfully overwhelming. Yes, I think that's it.
I've taught as low as 2nd grade and as high as 10th. I love seeing the age differences. In elementary buildings I love their smiles and laughs and rosy red cheeks as they tumble in and out of my room. All coats and scarves coming to and from recess or lunch or library. In high schools they are calmer, but funny. Oh so funny, and some days we laugh and laugh as much we learn. And high school students will even cut you a break some days. Like the day there was a tornado drill and I hadn't been subbing long and it all panicked me to no end. I made them line up as if they were in 4th grade or something because I was too terrified I would lose someone along the way. They did it, with smiles and playful eye rolls. They followed me down to the basement hallway like ducks behind their mother. It was a sight to behold. If you think I'm joking, just ask them. When I'm in a high school or middle school, its a daily exchange of little mercies to each other.
Yes, the application process for a full time position has begun. I find this process equal parts terrifying and exciting. The interviews haven't started yet, but hopefully that doesn't mean they aren't coming. I wince, and hope, in no particular order.
That's all I can really say about it. I know my resume smacks of the green inexperience of a recent
School districts: If you are somehow reading this, which I'm sure you're not, please interview me...please? I promise for a newbie, I'm not half bad.
So that's that. More on some thoughts on subbing and general teaching thoughts (I read a great book I need to tell you all about) later. I'm thoroughly enjoying this phase of life right now though. Everything seems a big blur of opportunity and newness and I want to enjoy it. I don't want to give in to the voice that says "No one will hire you! You're too brand new. You'll be lucky to even get an interview. Schools aren't hiring, their cutting, and besides you don't coach anything...." Sometimes that voice is my own, and sometimes it comes from your regular, run of the mill, pessimist (These are the same people that told me my first year of marriage would be awful, and so would student teaching...and buying a house...or graduating, or any other detail of life large or small...who needs them anyway???)
I want to see the newness of it all for what it is--a beginning. A very very good beginning.
Happy Sunday everyone! Enjoy your week!