Saturday, March 10, 2012

Card

I've been subbing with the same team for a while now. I spent the first school week of this year, two weeks at the end of February, and last Thursday and Friday subbing for three different teachers in a four teacher team. I can't describe how great it is to spend so much time with the same students as well as the other teachers on the team. Friday was my birthday, which I mentioned to one of the teachers when I came in.

Soon, all of the students knew. They were poking their heads in my door, wishing me happy birthday. My first class requested an entire class restroom break but a few didn't want to go. I opened the connecting door to ask my neighbor to keep an ear out for the students saying behind which turned into a dual classroom concert of Happy Birthday. After first period I received this from the neighboring classroom.


If you look on the bottom right you will see a little drawing of me, bangs and glasses included, from one of the students. All of the students signed the card. Very sweet!

Here is the back of the card. The teacher from that cass is Ms. Love.



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tulips

My last post was a little depressing, so here is an upbeat one.



When I completed my high school student teaching, one of the gifts the students from the gifted class gave me were yellow potted tulips. I loved this gift for multiple reasons: tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and potted plants are so much better than cut flowers because you can plant them in the yard and keep them. I transplanted them into an empty planter and hoped for the best. I wasn't sure where they were purchased, but I know that many potted plants designed as gifts aren't always sutable for transplanting - designed to look really great at the time of purchase, yet not always the heartiest of plants. When the flowers, leaves, and stems immediatley wilted I thought my tulips had died. I wasn't sure if the bulbs were still good though, so I left them in the planter on my back patio.




I had really forgotten about them (because I thought they were dead), until I was outside today:



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I am really very happy that they are growing back! I love having this reminder of my excellent student teaching experience.

Searching

My job search has officially begun for the '12-'13 school year. Last year I started late because I was student teaching and really did not comprehend when and how the schools hired. This year I have a better understanding and will hopefully do a better job (and obtain a job!).

At this time I have sent out emailed resumes and customized cover letters to each middle and high school in the surrounding counties: Barrow, Hall, Walton, Banks, Oconee, Clarke, and Jackson. Which added up to 39 sent emails. This took quite a few hours as I had to look up the information for each school and put the emails together. I have two versions of cover letters, one for Title-1 schools and one for non Title-1 schools. I have not begun on Gwinnett County yet, which will be another 40+ emails for that county alone.

Hopefully I will be able to obtain a few interviews from these query emails. I plan to resend my resume to each of these schools in late April or early May. At that time I will also be able to send an updated resume which includes my long-term subbing job.

I know that not many schools will be hiring, but it is still disheartening to receive responses like these:



Thanks for your interest.  I do not anticipate any vacancies at this time but will hang on to your information.

Thank you for expressing interest in a Social Studies teaching position.  At this time we do not anticipate a vacancy in your field for the 2012-2013 school year.  If a vacancy does occur the position will be posted on our system’s website.  Please monitor our website for possible future vacancies.  Again, thank you for your interest in a teaching position.

Thanks for your interest. At the present time, we do not have any openings for next year, but I will keep you in mind as we move forward with the hiring for next year.



Sigh. Maybe things will begin to look up. I'm trying to stay positive, but then come across information articles like this: APS wants to close 13 schools.