Over the past couple of days I have seen so many of my students in town, preparing to leave for COLLEGE!
#1 It makes me feel so old that they’re all leaving for their freshman years.
#2 It make me so proud that they’ve gotten themselves to this point, many of these kids never thought that they would graduate high school let alone go to college.
Kudos to you all, you’ve made me so proud!
As August begins to fade away, and the Summer of 2011 becomes a distant memory, we teachers and substitutes are preparing for yet another school year. And I am reminded, fondly, of one of my favorite quotes…
“Don’t you just love…fall? It makes me want to shop for back to school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
– You’ve Got Mail
Oh my goodness! I am not alone. Please refer to Ms. Mimi’s site, It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages.
We teach…and we’re good at it.
Today is a day for the record books. It will indeed have to be a three-part entry. It is AN EPIC FAILURE FOR THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. For the first part know that I drove TWO HOURS for a potential interview. That is the beginning of this torturous tale.
For now I must go on a very, very, very, long run, to gain a little composure.
That being said…when I came home, ready to rant, I signed into WordPress. I came across this talented writer, who made me laugh after a HELLISH morning. As a fellow writer, I wanted to point you all her way. Do take a look at Sarah Leaps, as I found it delightfully funny, particularly inspiring, and, after the day I’ve had it makes me want to do my own version of the freelance hustle.
There was this time, a mere two and half years ago….I was enrolled in a teacher preparation program in New York City. I was getting my MASTERS. I was pumped. I was on top of the world. I had actually commuted from my childhood home to the NYC, with the intention of graduating, getting a job, and then buying my own place. Simple yes? HA! Little did I know…..that the job market would be horrendous. That everyone and their grandmother would be trying to get a teacher job, that New York City would actually put a FREEZE on hiring new teachers. A FREEZE!!! I had just devoted a year of my life to teaching in the big apple – it had my sweat, my creativity, my blood, my tears, and all the money I had ever saved in my entire life. BUT, that wasn’t good enough for the powers that be in regards to education – I wasn’t in the “system” as a teacher, but rather a student teacher. Which basically means that the lovely city got a year of work from me, for free….and I got SCREWED.
And yet, I was determined to get a job. The city didn’t need me? FINE. I’ll go elsewhere. Long Island here I come! I don’t can’t where, I’ll travel. I’ll work. I’m DYING TO teach. So I began the lovely task of mass mailing. Constantly. Incessantly. Over and over and over and over again. And what was the light at the end of that tunnel?
Tell me friends, what do YOU remember? 😉