Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Inspirations and Shiny New Things in my Life

For the past few weeks, I've been scheduling every post I send out. I write them weeks in advance, schedule them to post, and end up re-editing them a half hour after it goes live (because I live on the dangerous side, I guess).

While that is AWESOME because it means I'm keeping content coming at a steady pace, what sucks is that I don't really feel connected... You know? I'm not posting things I'm passionate about right when I see them.

Although, to be fair, when I started this blog, I was a GA stuck in a tiny office for 5 hours a day and I had nothing better to do than to skim the interwebs for awesome things. These days, I'm working full time, which means a lack of sitting and mindlessly browsing.  I know, #postgradproblems.

So here's a couple of new things in my life that I want to talk about. A lot. Because I'm happy about them.

First thing, I got Disqus for my comments. Downside? You have to register and make an account. Upside? You get emails when people reply to you. Which makes me downright giddy, because that means we can have REAL conversations since, you know, you'll be notified when I respond.

Also, I got a job career.

(Why didn't I lead with that? Oh yea, I'm going for the slow play.)

A full-time job at an amazingggg school. Back in November, I told you faithful readers about my life and my new career choice. I decided to go back into teaching, and I decided to work in a private school. Since then, I've taken over a maternity leave at a public middle school, which.. it's rough, guys. I love teaching, but middle school is a whole different ball game.

Well, the teacher is coming back from maternity leave, but before I could go into full time panic mode about what I was going to do, I received an email from the private school I interviewed with back in October. And just like that, I was hired.

In fact, they created a position for me. From now until August, I will be a full-time sub. I'll get a schedule every week letting me know where I'll be filling in, and in my downtime, I'll be shadowing teachers, doing professional development, and helping out in the office.

I can't think of a better way to transition into full time teaching.

I'll get to know the school, the faculty, the students, the curriculum, and the programs (because all the kids have iPads.. What?) before I'm actually out on my own.

Then, in August, I'll be taking over full time with at least three Economics classes that the students can take for college credit, as well as some English and History classes to round out my schedule. Lately, I've been waking up in the middle of the night to write down brainstorming ideas of lessons I want to teach.

(Shakespeare social media. Also, market game? ...Some things are incoherent when written at 1 am.)

Needless to say, I'm excited, nervous, thrilled, hopeful, and inspired by this new undertaking in my life. I start February 2nd, and it really can't come soon enough.

14 comments:

  1. So happy for you and your new job! It certainly is exciting and I can really feel your enthusiasm and love of teaching through this post! High schoolers I never want to touch, I am forever in the land of thumb sucking and wet pants (aka elementary school or early childhood). But God Bless for taking on those teenagers (says the teenager). Best of luck!
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  2. That sounds like a lot of fun. I once wanted to be a teacher but now I have to teach coworkers programs and I found that I'm horrible at it. Can't wait to see how everything goes!

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  3. That's so great about the career, good luck!!! Also, Disqus is the best. I'm 100x more likely to comment on blogs if they have Disqus!

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  4. That's awesome news! I hope you have a break scheduled in there for the Fall!

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  5. That's awesome. Good luck! As a former teacher, I know all the work it takes into being a teacher. I can't believe you are working with middle school kids! Kindergarten and middle school kids are the scariest grades to teach in my book lol.

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  6. Good luck in your new position. I've thought about scheduling my posts in advance, but I fear feeling disconnected. I know it's something that I will eventually need to start doing, but I am putting it off for as long as possible, I guess. Thanks for the post.

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  7. I only started scheduling hard core this new year when I wrote 12 posts (!!!) over the Christmas break. I'm not sure how long I will keep it up for, but I think I'll mix it up with scheduled and spur-of-the-moment posts.

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  8. They are! Although, with elementary, you only have one class a day so you only have to see about 25 kids. Middle school... oof. It's rough! High school is definitely for me!

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  9. I agree! I check Disqus religiously, so I appreciate when bloggers have it. And it was soooo easy to add!

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  10. Haha! I've been teaching in some capacity or another since I was born, basically. My mom just says I'm bossy and that's why I love it!

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  11. And I'm saying God Bless to you and elementary! My patience does not hold up for little kids!

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  12. I am too short to be comfortable around high schoolers. Lol it was a little sad when some of my third graders were almost taller than me.

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  13. I once had a substitute stop me in the hallway and try to send me to the office for being out of uniform. I know that feeling well!

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