So, last week was interesting.
In my previous entry, I mentioned that I was gearing up for a recruitment fair for teachers in NYC. Tuesday morning, just as I was waking up, a friend of mine called saying there was an ELA position open in her school and that she’d passed along my resume. I had an interview! Much freaking out ensued, but I got into the city and into the building, interviewed and was offered the position. I’d be teaching high school seniors in a brand new program that combined educational software, direct instruction, and a whole lot of collaboration with a team of teachers. The next two days were spent freaking out some more and feeling both nervous and excited about the challenges we’d be facing. On Thursday morning, I chose my classroom and jotted down some notes to make the space more inviting and less like traditional school. The thought was, if we were going to get these kids to come to school and want to succeed, we were going to have to prove that this was going to be a different experience, starting with the classroom environment.
Not too long after I took these notes, we found out that someone somewhere down the line made a mistake. I thought I’d be a New York City teacher, but that wasn’t the case. No adding to my pension, no union. We’d be getting a benefits package comparable to the city, but I wouldn’t be getting paid nearly as much as a first year NYC teacher. The whole situation was messy and upsetting. The commute would have been more difficult than my previous two school years working in the city, plus there was something that felt off. The program was being rolled out by a company that was based out-of-state and it seemed like there were always more questions than answers. After much deliberation and after talking to my teacher team, I decided not to accept the position. Most (if not all) of the other teachers decided the same.
And now it’s the day before school starts (or at least the day before teachers report back to work) and I’m feeling bummed out. Not only because I’m back to where I was a few months ago (unemployed and uncertain about the future), but because I think we really could have made a difference. My fellow team members were young and enthusiastic, not idealistic, but ready to work together to make something great. We had the same ideals and the same goals for ourselves and the students. We’d already planned out the schedule for the day and started brainstorming about what our school would be like. From what I know of the students we were going to teach, they could have really benefited from having a group of teachers that was on their side. The thought of all that lost potential is heartbreaking.
Still, there’s work to be done. Places to apply to. Interviews to be had. New opportunities yet to be discovered. If anything, this experience has made me realize just how much of a drive I have to be a teacher and to work with students.
Not onto our regularly scheduled programming: Monday Night Digs! Here’s what I’m into.
Aiden Grimshaw is an English singer/songwriter. He got his start on X-Factor (like these tiny fools), but I didn’t really know much about that. A friend of mind recommended his tunes and gifted me with Aiden’s debut album, Misty Eye. It’s got a rock edge with a wide appeal. The first song, “Hold On” is probably my favorite, because there’s a really eerie feel to it. I also love the heck out of his cover of Sia’s, “Breathe Me.” I don’t know all of Grimshaw’s songs by heart, but I’ve heard enough to know that he’s someone who can definitely make it in the States. I’m not sure why we’re not playing his music just yet, but I think he needs a great commercial deal or a hot piece of choreography using his music on So You Think You Can Dance and he’d be set. I really hope to hear him on my local radio stations by the end of the year.
Isn’t this fantastic? I saw this on Tumblr and squealed. It made me take a moment to recognize how talented people are and just strong this fandom is. Saturday was the premiere of the seventh season (of the new series) of Doctor Who and I happily hunted for a workable stream so that I could watch it as it aired on BBC (and then later on BBC America, of course). Despite my dislike of the Daleks, the premiere episode didn’t disappoint. I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I’ll hold off on talking about the twists and turns, but I really enjoyed it. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the new series started airing back in 2005, when Christopher Eccelston was the Doctor.
There’s something about Doctor Who that speaks to everyone. Who wouldn’t want to travel in time and space in a spaceship/time machine that looks like a phone box? There are all sorts of adventures to be had and yes, it can be treacherous, but the thought of being able to explore and discover new worlds makes my heart skip a beat. There’s romance, drama, and a dash of horror, which I love and the guy running the show now is Steven Moffat and he’s responsible for some of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes in recent years. He’s a bit cheeky, but he’s also created some truly scary villains, which is hard to do. If you haven’t seen the show and you’re interested in watching, I’d recommend starting from season 5, the introduction of the eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith. You should also check out the official Doctor Who Tumblr! Just beware of spoilers.
In conclusion: Let Craig Ferguson show you why you should be a Whovian.
Books, movies, Internet…
I think I’ve said enough for tonight. But I’ll add this to the Internet category: Dollar Shave Club. My pal Tamsyn linked this on Twitter and I’m so happy I took the time to check it out. I had no idea what this company was before today and now I’m a customer. Great advertisements deserve praise, yo.
(Good luck to all of you teachers and students heading back to school. To my coworkers of the past two years, I love you! I can’t wait to read all about your year with the kids, old and new. I’m sending good vibes your way! Please take care of our amazing students. ♥)
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