Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Back to Reality

When I graduated college... As my girlfriend would put it... I "flopped". For those of you who are unaware of my girlfriends lovely vernacular, "flopping" is a verb, and it is the state of doing absolutely nothing and basically being as useful as a fish out of water. Hence the "flopping" around.

It wasn't a planned out course of action. I had to flop. Just to recuperate from the toughest semester of my college carreer, the semester of Student Teaching. I learned so much and worked so hard that I had to take time off. But in my last blog post I think I explained that I started to sub after I graduated, and that was the first step I took towards not "flopping" around.

But subbing is tough! Going into a class where you don't know any of the students and being expected to maintain order and teach a lesson (on possibly a subject you know nothing about). Not fun. But I think subbing was helpful in making me not so "flopfull".

So I started to look around for long term sub jobs. It would be beneficial in multiple ways: have a paid teaching job on my resume, teach to the same students everyday, and teach a subject I know! But finding a job is tough. Employers want employees with more experience than someone who is fresh out of college. It wasn't until my fourth interview that I got a job!

The job is at Kent Innovation High, and so far I am loving it! It is technology rich and all project-based learning. I have learned so much about different ways to teach already in the short amount of time I have been here and I can't wait to learn more.

I will share later this week in another post what I discovered that may FOREVER change how I teach a classroom.

... And how I am no longer "flopping".