Yesterday was Monday, but rather than bemoaning the passage of another weekend, Monday turned out to be both nice and generous.
I arrived at school plenty early and had time to check my Live Text account, eagerly anticipating the score on my second TPA (teaching performance assessment). I saw that the assignment color had been changed to green, I clicked on it, closed my eyes, and waited.
I PASSED!!! After doing a brief little dance in my chair, I thought excitedly “two down, two to go.”
Well into first period, I received an email from the student teaching coordinator at my university; she asked me to call her ASAP. Somewhat nervous, I called her at the next available time.
Lo and behold, a long term substitute teaching position opened at another local high school. After making several background calls, the district wanted to know if I would be willing to take the position.
UHHHH??? If a tree falls in the woods does it make a noise? YES!
I found out the teacher is being hired as the EL coordinator for the district. He has a class of freshmen, sophomore honors English, and an ELD class. Perhaps the most exciting part is if I do well with this subbing gig, there is potential for a temporary contract through the end of the year.
After several other phone calls, I will be meeting with the principal and the department head this coming Thursday.
This is a huge opportunity as it would allow me to fulfill my student teaching while being paid. Not to mention I will be gaining a ton of experience and another “foot in the door.”
On the flip side, it will be incredibly challenging for me as a new teacher. I will have tremendous responsibility for lesson planning, assessing, managing, and grading. Not to mention there could be three different prep periods. I will have to be patient with myself and not afraid to reach out for help from other teachers.
As they say in the education world, there is nothing better than learning by doing. More to come after the Thursday meeting!!