OK, it’s official! I’ve signed the documents: so at least for one school year, I’m an official temporary contract employee! As of 11/17, I also get paid like a teacher, and I get benefits. If the other teacher doesn’t come back next year, I get to stay in this classroom for life. Even if she does come back, I’m in pretty good shape to land a job somewhere in the High School. Life is good!
… and thus endith this blog – goal achieved!
You may have noticed that I haven’t written for months. This is because, frankly, I haven’t had the time. I’ve been putting in 13 – 16 hours a day, every day including weekends, since this semester began to create lesson plans for three different classes. As the weeks went on (creating curriculum one week at a time), I began to get more efficient in my lesson planning. I now work only 12-13 hour days and I even, “gasp,” had a day off last week. I am now cruising along with this teaching thing, but I’m still working every day and not for much money.
This may change soon.
The teacher I’m subbing for has just announced that she will take another semester off. It looks like I will soon get a temporary teaching contract, which has been my goal since taking this position. Nothing is real though until I sign the contract, so I’ll reserve my enthusiasm until then.
Of course, my second thought was: “great, now I have to spend another semester working 13-16 hours a day,” but that’s the price of becoming a new teacher, and I’ll take that over not working.