Panic starting to set in!

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  1. Exclaimation Po

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    I'm starting to panic! It's a little early, yes... but panic reached out and touched my heart. I haven't heard back from a couple of interviews last month and am beginning to worry. I was told that one of the schools would be making a decision and notifying people this week. And then there's the schools I interviewed with last week. I really want to work for one district. I emailed and snail mailed thank yous to the principal and the asst. super. I'm panicked that they won't be able to reach my references and won't hire be because of that. I emailed the HR person to ask if they couldn't reach my references if they'd tell me. She hasn't responded.

    I don't know what I'll do if I don't get a job for the fall. I haven't told my mother or my m-in-law that I didn't get asked back to my school. I think my mom would take it ok.... but my m-in-l would be very critical and I just couldn't take it. I know I can always sub, and the districts around me always need subs... but that won't pay the bills. *sigh*:eek:
     
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  3. MATgrad

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    I know that feeling. That feeling of panic is starting to get to me. I'm in Florida where the county is a district. I've checked with human resources and they have all my stuff. I have called 15 schools now. They will only accept phone calls! I have heard nothing back except for a few rejection letters. I'm starting to think it was that Teacher Insight test I took. :mad:
     
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    Even tho I have an interview tomorrow (and need to be working on that right now...I needed a little break) I also feel panicky. School starts in a little more than a month out here and orientations, inservice in about a month, depending on district. Just about everything is dried up at this point...I have aps out there for what is supposedly available (3 positions). It's really scary. I hate the idea of subbing. It's not good around here to be an unemployed teacher and having to sub. Back door policy doesn't work.

    I also didn't get renewed my first year. It was strictly politics. It was so hard to tell everyone. I was very depressed. My mom understood but my MIL...well, she's a very critical person. I ended up having to sub but it didn't seem to help getting into where I wanted. I did end up getting a permanent position the next year, stayed for two years, and resigned this spring. It was a abysmal place to work.

    True, you may have to sub. Perhaps that's good where you are. I know it doesn't pay the bills, but it's better than nothing. My heart is with you.
     
  5. Lab Lady

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    Don't worry about what your MIL will think. They are impossible.

    I didn't get the one job I interviewed for but I hear that around here the interviewing doesn't really start until AUgust (last second).

    When you interview do you take a portfolio of things with you. I didn't last time and I get SO terrible nervous that I doubt I could use one in my panicked state anyhow.

    I bought the Waxler ebook and it just made me feel worse. I'm not eloqent under pressure.
     
  6. Exclaimation Po

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    Lab Lady, the thing about my m-in-l is that she just retired as an Elementary Ed teacher. Which is why she would be extra critical about the situation. She would have all sorts of criticism of what I did wrong or about classroom management (though, honestly she has no idea how to run a middle school classroom). It's just specific criticism that I don't really need at this point.
     
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    Exclamation it woul dnot be fun to have a retired teacher as a MIL unless she could get you into a district. Maybe instead of beating you up she could help you out a little.
     
  8. LadyBelle85

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    Also having a hard time

    My mom keeps telling me that I shouldn't freak out and that I will start getting a call, but so far only rejections. They want experienced teachers, but my only experience is subbing, which was awful. I only got 2-3 days a week of work which totally doesn't cut it! I was thinking about applying to private school, but with no benefits and less money I don't know if its worth it. I have started applying to positions (middle and high school) that I don't even want, since I want to teach elementary. Did you all hear that it was easy to get a teaching position cause they are always looking for teachers? Cause I haven't found it so easy!:(
     
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    Some private schools offer benefits. What county are you in LadyBelle, and what do you teach? You too, MATgrad. If you are in the West Palm area, PM me.
     
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    Thanks Upsadaisy but I'm in the Tampa area.
     
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    Upsadaisy...check out teachers-teachers.com...there are a ton of openings in the FL area on there...I'm also starting to get stressed about finding a job for next year...esp. if I'm going to have to relocated...hubby's gotta find a job, gotta put the kiddo in school somewhere else...and the list continues, but gotta hang in there!!!! Good luck to us all!!!
     
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    Yes, I heard that there is an enormous shortage of teachers in Florida while I was still based in Indiana. I applied last summer to several Florida school districts and applied for a temporary certification. In the midst of a very encouraging exchanged of emails with the recruitment specialist in West Palm Beach, he suddenly stopped responding to my emails.
    So I flew to California and pounded the pavement until by end of July I got a job in an inner city high school. We relocated by early August and got settled just before the in service started. It was not an ideal place but I did get a job contract. I now hope to work in a school district nearer my house.
    The thing is I did receive a Temporary Certificate from FDOE that will expire by August 2009. So I checked around and heard again about the shortage in Florida but I still have to see something concrete from my efforts. But I still get to hear talks about the dire shortage of teachers in Florida. I wonder how true this is.
     
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    I'm in Lake County, and I just moved from Orange County since I heard there was a better chance of me getting a job here away from the colleges that are in Orange that teachers pour out of! I still hear about the shortages in this county along with everywhere else in Florida, but then the schools in my 45 min radius are rejecting or not hiring. I think they are still holding out for teachers with experience.
     
  15. lowiq

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    Don't Panic!

    I am looking and feeling some resignation at this point. However I have a job to go back to. It is a 150 mile commute, but at least I have a job.
    I know the panic feeling. I have quit a number of jobs early on even though I didn't have something else lined up. I figured it was the right thing to do. I might have quit because I have taught in other schools where I had a better rapport with the students and was better able to teach. I might have quit because the district is not right for my own kids. You don’t know until you try them out.
    Btw, in all of my experience, I get a feeling there are some things going on that aren’t quite right or at least I do not understand. I don’t feel any appreciation when I voluntarily quit. I think it is possible that principals actually do not like it when you give early notice. Maybe they wish you to stay on because it gives them an excuse to go on a relaxed vacation and not have to worry about hiring until school starts, I don’t know. But I really think there is something to this.
    A helpful thought might be this. Now this is only a feeling I get after all of my experiences, I don’t really know. It is that at this late date, when principals interview just before the beginning of school, I wonder if they are usually looking for teachers that will take the classes that no one else wants. If so, the principal might be looking for a strong disciplinarian - they might be looking for a real dictator that kicks butt so that the principal doesn’t have to.

    There are exceptions. Exceptions are at least interesting if not helpful and besides here is a story I want to tell. For two different jobs, I got hired after I admitted discipline was not my strength - I got hired for classes that no one else wanted! In one position I reminded the principal that I admitted up front that discipline was not my strength. He was going to hire me for chemistry, but at the last minute gave me math classes that no one else wanted. The AP actually told me they could not find any one else to teach those classes. Well, I took the job and I did not feel confident that I was teaching much. I nicely reminded the principal that I admitted up front that I was not great at discipline and said I was willing to step aside if he could find a disciplinarian. Now listen to this. After I made that offer, WOW – discipline problems suddenly increased dramatically. Unbelievable, and then the principal actually gave me a bad mark which prevented me from getting a job anywhere else in that district! I couldn't even substitute! After I took the class to substitute in Florida, then they showed me the comments that prevented me from entering any classroom in that district.
    I didn’t think I was THAT bad – I thought I was not connecting with the students - they weren’t learning much - not like I am used to having them learn. So, before I made the offer to the principal, I just felt like I was not disciplining enough to get the students to learn. But, once I made that offer, I had someone pee on my door, there was a lot of vandalism in my room, some kid took his clothes off in class, and a dean came in and yelled at me. I told the dean I was doing the best I could and he said don’t just try, make it happen.
    It was so bad and I am not good at yelling or screaming at students – don’t believe in it and rarely feel that I can properly fake it. I have had students laugh at me when I have tried to fake it. I was brought up in a Quaker community. I have tried to reason with students, call a lot of parents, I have learned to use Fred Jones’ Positive Classroom Discipline and Motivation, etc. I have quit jobs because I felt pretty guilty, incompetent. But honestly I realize now that very few if any can teach classes like that.
     
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    lowiq, I did exactly the same thing a few times. What drives you crazy is doing good to others and then getting screwed.
     
  17. TexFW1

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    Teacher Insight


    I thought my problem was the teacher Insight as well. I contacted my district for advice and was told that I scored very well. I had two interviews with no second at either school. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong to not get the call back.

    Texas Teacher to be
     
  18. Master Pre-K

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    job hunters support group

    One thing I learned from attending a Job Hunting program was the importance of a support group.

    This program I attended was a one-stop, all in one job hunting place. It had computers, fax machines, phones, and a copier. Except the fax..a library has...but allowed you to talk on your cell phone! And, all this stuff was free...with no maxium time limits! The second part of the program included free workshops, help with your wardrobe, and mock interviews on video, to help you see yourself as employers see you. The best part was the bonus gift cards for gas, food and clothing, after you found a job.

    But I truly believe the best part for me was the weekly group meetings. We could all sit around and vent, and suprisingly share the same stories! My personal pet peeve, sitting over an hour waiting for a interview. Then the guy gives you a cheery, "What can I do for you?' question! They also talked about your attitude, and how to handle sticky questions about terminations and avoiding bad-mouthing the boss.

    The point here is, no mother-in-law can dictate your job hunting success. It is your career, your job, and ultimately...your life. Usually it is a husband, wife or know-it-all teenager who keeps asking "What have you been doing all day?" when they come home and still see you sitting at the computer. They don't understand most jobs require online applications, and 90% of jobs are advertised on line. In fact, hanging out in AtoZ can help you do online applications faster! You build good keyboarding and reasoning skills from responding to posters!!

    Hang in there. Find a few people close by and meet and greet and share job hunting strategies. Learn to ignore the MIL. Pick and choose your battles. Your career is really not her concern. Change the subject, and talk about something you both love...your husband!
     

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