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School Craziness/Sickness

Hello there, again!

So… I’ve been a Kindergarten teacher for just over a month now… and wow… what a blur!!! This is how my life has been…

Lesson planing… teaching… grading… creating… sleeping… stressing… spending money…  and getting sick over and over and over again!

All these 5-year-olds have really been reeking havoc on my immune system. I’ve already taken 4 sick days off from work! I’ve had a head cold (maybe the flu), lost my voice (may have been laryngitis), had a terrible cough (maybe bronchitis), and now a sore throat (maybe strep). I was on 4 medications at one time and now I’m on a new type of medication because this past week I may or may not have caught strep throat. Last week, almost half of my homeroom class were out sick… Hopefully, I’ll become immune to all of these diseases now and won’t be sick for the rest of the year!

I’ve also been working my butt off! I’m very slow when I’m planning and this whole year requires soo much planning! A lot of times, I feel like I’m very much behind. I want what I’m teaching to be awesome so I spend a lot of time and effort on that. However, all the administrative aspects are really weighing me down. All the grading, filing, recording, preparing are overwhelming. I never had to do all this other stuff during my internship and it’s a LOT! Just deciding what to assign for homework is time consuming…. I know this year will be my absolute hardest during my teaching career and that things will get easier, but I think the stress is really negatively affecting my health… I have to keep reminding myself to just do the best that I can and that things will turn out.

Back to School night was supposed to be last Wednesday, but a tropical depression came through and it was postponed until this Wednesday. I’ll take pictures of my room and post them! I’ve put a lot of student work up and changed displays and all kinds of stuff since the pictures on my FLICKR account. After this week, I’ll hopefully be able to get more into the swing of things.. finally… This week, I also have to input all of my grades into the electronic gradebook since I finally was able to log in for the first time this weekend. So after the push for finishing up all the grades I’m a bit behind on, hopefully I’ll be all caught up and able to focus more on the present, future, and blogging…

Today’s Silver Lining: Even after all the stress, sickness, and work, I’m still ecstatic and proud about being a Kindergarten teacher!!

I Got A Job!!!!

I got a job! I got a job! I got a job! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

*does happy dance like a total dork*

After working in retail for over a year, I have finally been offered a full-time teaching job! I will be teaching the language arts / social studies block to kindergarten students starting in the fall!

I am full of excitement, anticipation, happiness, hope, and nerves.. Hehe… This will be what I’ve studied for. This will be what I’ve looked forward to for years. This will be what I intend to do for the rest of my working life. It’s a lot to live up to but I can’t wait! I can finally put to use all the teacher/classroom things I’ve collected over the years. No one will ever think I’m crazy for having over 100 picture books or wanting to go to the children’s section of bookstores first. I’ll finally be able to call myself a “teacher” and not just “certified to teach”. I’ll be confident and glad to tell people what I do for a living. I’ll look forward to meet up with people who I knew in high school to show them what I’ve become.

How I got the job is a crazy story in itself. Last Monday, my friend told me that her aunt was a principal of a nearby school and that she was interviewing for teachers. I didn’t know anything about the school other than that it used to be a private school that was religiously affiliated but was changing to a newly named charter school. Now I’m not religious, so I had some reservations. I figured that I didn’t have anything to lose so emailed the principle my resume Monday night.

I got a call Tuesday from the principal asking me if I would like to come in for an interview Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I went to the interview and was so nervous that my hands were wet and clammy the whole time. I was the 8th and last person to be interviewed that morning. When I got there, I had to complete a short essay regarding my philosophy of the role of technology in the classroom. I thought I knocked that out of the park but I was still extremely nervous to actually get interviewed. (I may or may not post my essay just so that I’ll forever remember it.) However, after about 30 seconds into the interview, the second person interviewing me (the reading specialist) asked me about the location of the bookstore where I work. As it turns out, I had previously helped her in the store and she had basically thought that I was awesome. From then on, I was a lot more relaxed and the interview went smoothly. I mentioned key words like assessment, inquiry based learning, intrinsic motivation, technology, documentation, and more. I was honest and I explained what I learned from past experiences. We ended the interview by them saying that since they are now a charter school, they have to talk with the management team that runs the school before any hiring can take place but that I should be getting a call from the school in the next two to three weeks. In actuality, they called me later that day. However I was at work and couldn’t return the call until after 6 but the office had already gone home for the day.

I had work early the next day, Thursday, so I wasn’t unable to call in the morning. By lunch, I had another voice mail from them. I called them back and they told me that I got the job if I wanted. I was ecstatic and I told them yes!

On Friday, I signed the paperwork saying that my “employment agreement has been confirmed for the 2010-2011 school year”! They also told me that I was definitely going to be teaching the Kindergarten language arts / social studies class! After over a year of -nothing-, I went from hearing about a position to getting hired in the matter of days. I guess sometimes you just have to pay your dues.

Anyway, I’ll be updating more based on my first year of teaching! I want to remember everything! All the ups and downs and how I handled it all! I’m soooo excited!!


And Now…. Back to the Show!

Ok.. Lets see…

What number day is it?  …The 8th? …Ok…

What day of the week is it? …Monday? ….Huh…

What month is it? ….. ….March?!?!?!?! ….Are you sure?!?

That’s the typical conversation that goes on in my head whenever I have to write down the date on something. I can’t believe Spring is already here! Honestly, I haven’t even sent out my Christmas cards… (Which I guess I’ll just throw everyone off and try to pull off a “Christmas in July” celebration….)

I never realized that working in retail could alter one’s perception of time passing. I mean, I’m vaguely aware of holidays passing since I have to put up displays and take them down; but overall, time means nothing. Maybe it’s the fact that I have no set weekly schedule so I never know what day of the week it is. (When customers call and ask me what time the store closes that day, I always have to ask them “What day of the week is today” before I answer.) Maybe it’s the fact that holiday displays are up so far in advance that it’s more of a joke in some cases. (For example, I had to put up the Halloween kids books while we were still in the month of August.) Or maybe it’s because customers tend to ask the same questions over and over again so much that I feel like I’m in the movie “Groundhog Day.”

No matter how it happened, it did; March is here. The biggest silver lining to come from this though, is that I can officially start using my vacation days! Since this is my first full-time job, these are also my first paid vacation days. Therefore, I will be paid for hanging out in Seattle, Vancouver, and Whistler! Even though I’ll be gone for 6 days, I’m only using 2 of my 10 vacations days since my regular 2 days off a week can be moved around to my benefit when the need arises. So hopefully I’ll have an exciting post when I get back!

Speaking about posting, I’ll try to post more. One upcoming post will deal with the shaky state of my bookstore. However, life comes first… And if I don’t get around to regular posting, so be it!  😉

Today’s silver lining: Even though I found out recently that I have to do jury duty this month, at least it’s not during the vacation that has been planed for months!

Where Does The Time Go?

I really don’t know how other bloggers have the time to blog regularly. I work full-time (around 40 hours a week) but it’s the kind of work that I don’t take home with me. I don’t have any kids or pets to take care of. I try to see my boyfriend as much as possible but that works out to about twice a week since we don’t live near each other. I maybe throw in one night a week where I hang out with other friends during the week. I don’t really have a “full schedule” like some other people.

And yet I still find it hard to take the time to blog. Maybe it’s because I like to sleep. Maybe it’s because I’m interested in a lot of tv shows and I spend a lot of time freeing up space on my DVR. Maybe it’s because I’m a little obsessed with a Facebook application called “FarmVille”. Maybe it’s because I like to focus on one thing at a time, especially when I’m writing. Maybe it’s because my schedule changes from day-to-day and therefore I can’t get into a daily routine. Maybe it’s because I like my “alone-time” where I just veg out and relax.

I don’t know how bloggers with two jobs or multiple small children can blog regularly but I certainly bow down to them. I will try to be more consistent on writing posts in the future though.

Today’s silver lining: Even though I have to work overtime this week, I found out that I don’t work at the bookstore on Black Friday! Woo-hoo!

And so it begins…

As I stare at the “edit post” page to write my first official post, I’m not sure I know where or how to start…

I’m 24 years old. I graduated college with an elementary education and psychology degree. My dream job would be a kindergarten teacher. However, because of the declining economy and corrupt district officials, I haven’t found a teaching job yet since schools are not hiring. For now, I work full-time in a bookstore as the “kids specialist”. I have fantastic friends that I wish I could spend more time with. I’ve been going out with my boyfriend for over a year and things are going great. Sometimes I have frustrating days, sometimes I feel like crud, and sometimes I do things I regret. Yet overall, I love my life. I always like to see the silver lining in things and I know that’s how I stay the generally happy person I am. This blog will chronicle my ever-changing life and my unique perspective.

Today’s silver lining: Even though I have a bad cold sore today that hurts like heck, at least I know that I don’t get sores anywhere else on my body!  =D