Care to join my Rum, Tums, and Depression Club???

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  1. MATgrad

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    I'm feeling really LOW today. I started the paperwork to sub again! Yes, I went back to school, put myself through student teaching just so that I could do a job that I did before all that. Having my own classroom was a dream, developing those relationships, watching their growth. Now I get to go be treated like dirt. Oh Goody! (huge sarcasm)

    Subs get treated terribly and they don't get hired. I should know considering I did it for two years before. Oh I can hardly wait to see all the looks of pity. Which of course will be followed by the questions. Have you done this....? Have you applied ....? It's just crushing me.

    I do have an amazing hubby though. He still believes that something will happen soon. I'm just so close to saying "forget it! Let's walk away and try somewhere new. It'll only be one more house to add to the mess."

    Can't the big guy/gal upstairs give me some kind of guidance? You many now return to your regularly scheduled program.
     
  2. NEFLteacher

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    Stay positive MATgrad....you never know what might happen. I think i might get a 2 week assignment before xmas and the teacher next door is pg so i've been harrassing her to cover jan-march. Atleast it'll be income, and i really enjoyed doing the long term last year. I've really gotten to know the teachers at this school and they are great. If only the admin thought so. Unfortunately this school district does NOT pay long term sub pay so it's a lot of work for little $$.

    Anyone know good places to work for xmas $$$
     
  3. NEFLteacher

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    i just noticed the time stamp is 2hrs behind my timezone! That answers a lot of questions.
     
  4. MATgrad

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    I do independent contract work for a company. People text questions in and I answer them for them. Kind of like a concierge service for cell phones. It's called ChaCha! I make about $500/month. No boss, set your own hours and it's fairly easy.
     
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    MATgrad, i've heard of that before....do you mind PMing me about it??
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    NEFL-I hope that the mix up doesn't hurt my chances. I guess I will have to make sure I hand deliver my resume to the principal so they can put a face with the name and know that whoever this other person is is not me!

    It just makes me think that she could be the reason I haven't gotten any interviews. Or it could be what the P that interviewed me for the aide position said about not having any supervisors as references which I have since changed. So I'm hoping that positions open up closer to Dec.
     
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    I know exactly those same feelings. I went to school, sacrificed a lot of time with my kids so that I could teach. I subbed 6 years while I was going to school and looking for a job. I taught two years, and now I am back to subbing. I absolutely hate it!!! We have talked about moving but I have two older kids who I just can't make them move. One's a senior the other a junior. Maybe after next year we can move. I actually had three interviews last week out of state but it came back down to do I really want to move or seperarte my family at this point and the answer has to be no. I too wish that whomever is up stairs would let me in on his grand scheme of things.
     
  8. MATgrad

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    txmomteacher, I PM'd you.

    No calls, emails nothing. I guess tomorrow I will call them.
     
  9. txmomteacher2

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    A few weeks ago the asst. super of the district i left this year asked me if I would sub. I was very hesitant but I decided what the heck, it could eventully lead back to a job there at a different school. So today I went in to sign the papers to sub and she snagged me for an assignment today. I spent half a day in AEP today. It was VERY boring but I managed it and will do it again if they ask. They have a hard time getting subs at AEP so what the heck. At least I didnt spend all day sitting at the computer getting depressed and upset that I am not in a the classroom.
     
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    I know it's not the same as having your own room, but I believe it can't hurt and atleast it gets me out of the house and away from the computer! Here they haven't hired subs in two years b/c they have an overload and it's pretty competitive (all us teachers I suppose!)
     
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    So I contacted a former AP about a letter of recommendation. He emailed me back stating that he couldn't give a great letter because I had so much going on last year (death of mom the year before, problems with baby) that he wasn't able to see what a great teacher he knew I really was. He did give me a good eval which he filled with positives so he said he knows that I can be a good teacher. How am I ever supposed to get a job in this tough to get in district with a reference like that? And I need to have him on there because a P I interviewed with asked why a super wasn't on my reference list. I did get a good letter from another principal. AGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
     
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    Getting out of the house is definitely a good idea. I volunteer two days a week at hubby's school. It looks like after Christmas break I too will be subbing again. At least, I'll get to be around kids in the classroom again.
     
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    I'm thinking about volunteering too, but I have DD who I can't put in daycare full time because we just don't have the money right now. I would love to volunteer though to make some more connections.
     
  14. MATgrad

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    Ok, remember that school that called and asked if I was interested in a position. Well I got a call yesterday asking if I could come in and interview next Tuesday. So next Tuesday I have another interview at this school. I'm meeting the AP and team leader this time. They have it narrowed from 50 to 10!!! Oy vey!
     
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    Well at least you know you are only up against 10 people! And you were one of the 10 that made it!

    There is a reading specialist position that just posted today in my district. I've already emailed the principal. I'm about to call a contact that I have so that he can hopefully get the ball rolling! I don't have a certification in that area, but can get one pretty quickly if need be, and I have experience as a reading specialist in a long term sub assignment.

    BTW: I failed my science certification by a lot! :(
     
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    Guess what I did all day today??? played spider solitaire, woohoooo! Oh I did manage to do some laundry and even folded it. i know pathetic right?????
     
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    My last load of laundry is in the washer right now. All of it that has been washed/dried is also put up. I also have played on the internet, looked up postings, emailed about the aide position to see if I got it or not, and hoping that I get an interview for the Reading Specialist. It would be right up my alley and the money wouldn't be bad either!
     
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    Ugh. If I have to hear one more time "what did you do all day" I'll snap. Hubby doesn't see how depressing it can be home looking for a job! If I'm not subbing, all I do is mope around the house waiting for wine time :spitwater:
     
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    During the years I was a SAHM I did lots of freelance writing. On the days you don't sub, why not hit google and find some? It will help your spirits and your bank balance, and doesn't look bad on a resume either.

    I would post links, but they were all on the computer that CRASHED!
     
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    Today I taught my part-time computer class at the non-profit organization I work for. One of my students told me that I was unanimously the students favourite teacher for this school.

    That being said, I will never be a teacher at a Board because of the review and view my last practicum experience gave me.
     
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    MAT, good for you!!! I really hope this works out for you! :)

    stg, I'm the worst online friend ever because I had every intention on posting a good luck comment to you and I didn't! :( I'm sorry things didn't go so well with the science test! :hugs: When can you take it again? And when you take it again, will it be the same exam? I'm sorry!! :(
     
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    Well, I don't think I got the aide position. It has been taken down. I know I should stay positive, but that is getting harder and harder. It seems when things get taken down, they have offered it to someone else. I have a feeling that my assistant principal from my last school is ruining it for me and I might not ever get hired because of him. I'm going to put down my district mentor since she was in my classroom more than either P or AP, and she'll give me a great reference.

    lil-I have to wait 60 days before I can take that test again. I'm thinking of going for my reading specialist certification.
     
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    This is a vent! Hubby who really is normally very supportive of whatever is or isn't going on with my job hunt really blew it today. He told me that I should go flip burgers at the Dairy Queen. I was complaining about not having something to do everyday and he freaking told me that. If he wasn't over in Afghanistan my friends would have had to come bail me out of jail or wait you dont get bail for murder. He also told me that whatever happened at my old school I should just forget about. Well it's kind of hard to forget about it when I am thinking it's my principal that is stopping me from getting a job. Anyway I have stewed about it all day and NOW I am pissed that he would even say those things to me. I know he was having a bad day overseas but hey you should never tell your wife who busted her ass to get through college being married and having 4 kids she needs to go flip burgers. Ok sorry I needed to vent to people who would understand.
     
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    :hugs: txmom. My DH has been very supportive of me and understands how hard I'm working to get back into the classroom. I'm sure its different because he's here to see the struggle where your husband doesn't necessarily see what all you are doing to get a job.
     
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    txmom sending hugs your way. You get major props from me for supporting your hubby while he's away. Your welcome to vent here anytime :)
     
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    Okay, so I applied for a Reading Specialist position. I was going to register for the cert exam, but it won't give me the test to select. I'm going to call SBEC tomorrow to see what the deal is. I haven't heard anything yet.

    I'm thinking of emailing the P from the aide position again to ask about the position and then ask for some feedback on how I can interview better. Thoughts?
     
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    Sounds like a great idea and then please share on what principals are looking for in an aide position. i applied for an aide position here on a district I would like to teach in. Do I tell that to the principal when and if I get an interview. Do i tell them that I have higher aspirations that just being an aide for the rest of my career?
     
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    txmom-I will email him tomorrow. As far as your question, I would ask the principal what their policy on hiring aides as teachers is.
     
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    Back from the interview. It was me, the P and the lead ESE teacher. It was weird just a few quick questions and it turned into a talk for an hour. Told me they would make a decision in the next day or two. Sending thank-you notes today!
     
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    good luck MATgrad......it's definitely your turn!
     
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    Crossing my fingers for you MAT.

    Well it is official, I didn't get the aide position. I received the letter today. I have already emailed him asking what I could improve on. There are two positions (a financial clerk and reading specialist) here where I live that are still available. The clerk position has been posted since late Sept, but they are still reviewing apps and will start interviewing soon. I know nothing about the reading specialist position, though a friend of my DH's knows the assistant super and he talked to her yesterday so crossing my fingers that that pays off.
     
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    I spent the day at our high school. We had 4 kids (current and former) killed last night in an accident. I was there in case any of the teachers just couldn't make it through the day. It was a rough day. Luckily my kids didn't know any of the kids and I knew of them but didn't know them personally. I spent most of the day in the office fielding calls and filing papers. Not exactly how I saw myself spending my day today.
     
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    that is awful, my thoughts will be with this school and the situation.
     
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    As the permanant job prospects get even slimmer (ok nonexistent) the sub jobs are starting to come. (4 days) in Sept, (8 days)Oct, (8 days) so far for Nov, 2 weeks longterm in Dec, 3 month long term Jan-Mar. Atleast I'll be able to cover my bills, but xmas is going to be TIGHT this year!
     
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    NEFLteacher, good to hear about the LTS job. It's nice to know where you're going everyday. Those can be great networking experiences.


    No rejection letters in the mail. I really, really hope that they didn't call me about the position just to waste my time. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that this works out. This waiting is killing me.
     
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    Well, I got an email back from that P who said I interview well, but they found someone with experience working with students with those needs.

    So I know it is not me. So all those teachers that are more qualifed than me around here...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!
     
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    STG,
    I am with you. I have a stellar record( at least every one who looked at it said so) and I interview well.( They seem very pleased with my answers, even said good answer many times):eek:
    I don't have connections strong enough to get me a job. I am disheartened. I am trying hard to pull myself together and move on. I hope they have me on the eligibility list at least.:dizzy:
    This wasn't meant to be. I guess...
    Emma
     
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    Emma-I just now saw your post! I agree that connections are a big thing. Have you considered volunteering at schools to network with teachers and principals? I know that you are subbing too right? This is a great way to network too. You could even ask a principal to stop in and observe you teaching a class.

    Okay, guys, I had a dream that I got a job!!!! And my first thought was that I needed to come post on this website!!!! Dreams come true! *crossing my fingers for good news*
     
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    STG,
    Dreams do come true. It happens when we least expect it. :cool:. I came to know that I am on their eligibility list for next year. I will ask the P to come in and observe my class next time. Good idea, STG!
    You are always helpful. Hope you find your dream job soon!
    Emma
     
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    Eating many, many tums right now. No word on interview from last week. No rejection letter either. I called the school and left a message. Now the scary part, this district is not hiring subs!! My Emergency UE kicks in next week but I desperately need to find something. I'm feeling the nerves.

    Hubby is working part-time now at UPS. I'm still hoping for something, anything.
     

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