I checked my messages and see that I was called for an interview on Friday. Yippee!! ... well hold off...there are GOOD points, and bad points to it. Good- It's a JOB! For goodness sake...what could be wrong with THAT??? Bad- It's for an instructional aide position Good- Instructional aides are stepping stones...to REAL jobs. and all you NEED is a opening. You KNOW you are a better teacher than is demonstrated by the lack of interviews and no offers. Bad- It's only July. That's cutting out options for greater opportunities WAY early. I know that it would take the heavens parting for me to break a contract /burn my bridges...and to limit myself so early! Oooooooo Good- Limit? Perhaps...but last year you thought the big opportunity would come , and it didn't. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. And ANYWAY..look at this schools "report card" score percentages in the 90s. Higher than the district average, and well above the state average. NICE neighborhood. AND it's the district you did your student teaching in...THEY are the ones calling for interviews the most, you ARE on their preferred hire list-so THAT'S good (AND a vote of confidence), and mostly...don't pi$$ them off by turning down an opportunity. Talk gets around and who knows how many other lost opportunities would be connected to turning this down. Bad- Oh the openings that I might miss. Yes...the two in the bush are looking SO tempting. I'm doing walk-ins tomorrow...what IF? Good- Next year...you would be eligible for the internal openings..and this district is ONLY internal openings-unless you are in VERY tough to find positions (how many dual language Japanese/English applicants ARE there?) Bad- Do you realize that an instructional aide gets only about 1/2 what a teacher gets? HALF!!!! Would you settle for half THIS early?? You are the ONLY breadwinner in the house...and you would go for a job that pays like NOTHING?? Good- 1/2 is SURELY more than nothing! You went the sub route...you complained you weren't called enough to make it worth it!! (And you cry at night about having to leave the field of education ALTOGETHER...this gives you the opportunity to ..grow.) **** My daughter is yelling at me. I swear she is such an old soul. And at times I feel like SHE is the adult and I am only a bud. "Mom, don't DO this to yourself. Don't say that there are rainbows out there somewhere that you won't take the ONLY opening for a temporary umbrella salesman! TAKE IT! HAVE the positive...work towards the dream step by step!" Sheeesh...who RAISED this kid??? **** What do you think about at LEAST going for the interview. At worse, I see what an aide interview is like...and best?... well, Let's see how it goes. But what do YOU think? Would you go? Would you accept?