Discussion in 'General Education' started by Leaborb192, Feb 19, 2017.
Feb 19, 2017
Hi Leaborb, are there any nearby surrounding school districts? I know some public school friends whom take a forty minute drive to work during early mornings. But in the evenings, the commute is longer due to rush hour traffic. You could try applying in some non public schools too, if you're up for it. I know the charters usually pay around the same as their public counterparts, but may have various student demographics; and teacher contracts might not always give you guaranteed employment for the next school year.
Honestly, I think you'll drive yourself crazy considering all the potential outcomes! Apply, do your best, and let the cards fall where they may.
It's impossible to know how others will make a decision. I know a lot of small towns where a teacher's well placed opinion can get a person hired or not. If the principal asked your cooperating teacher point blank whether they should hire you, what would he/she say?
Also, volunteer to help with as many extras as possible. If your school is doing an evening activity or fundraiser, be there if you can.
Good luck. Applying for jobs can be nerve-wracking.
Also, as a side story: in my home state, it was really hard to get hired as a new teacher when I graduated college. I applied, didn't really hear anything back from anywhere, and so I decided to move to another state. A few years in, I'm still very happy here and enjoy my job.
I don't think you should count on anything simply because you are from that area. If I remember correctly, you ranted quite a bit last summer when the districts around you hired people simply because it was who they knew (or that was your thought process anyway). Continue to do your best in the role you are in. Your actions will build your reputation. Small town schools tend to want to hire people who are a good fit, and who are looking to stay in the area. You've made several posts about wanting to relocate to Florida. Are you willing to change those plans if hired in New York?
Additionally, you should consider your upcoming internship if you are still enrolled in that program. You want a position in a school you can learn from the program.
It's impossible to guess what might happen. Just do your best and cast a wide net when it comes to applications.
You shouldn't feel intimidated by the student teachers. You have more experience than them, they're fresh out of the credentialing program with no experience, you have been subbing. That is valuable and should go on your resume. Keep doing a good job, apply at this district but also to any other district / position you're qualified for.
There's no way of knowing what your chances are but it seems incredibly inappropriate and unprofessional for the supervisor from the college to have you step in on the student teacher's lesson.
I had a ST in the fall who was terrible. As her CT, I would co teach or jump in on her lessons to correct misinformation, but when her supervisory instructor from college came, it was important for that person to see what the ST was capable/incapable of.
That just seems like sucking up.
Don't do these. Send a thank you card / email after an interview, that's it. the rest seems odd.
Feb 20, 2017
Out of curiosity, why is the kinder job out? Seems strange to me you can do 2nd but not K. What is your license for?
Interesting. I've never heard of 1-6, only K-6 and K-8. So weird how different things can be between states!
There are some things that you can do now that will make you stand out to the principal. The next time you sub (or you know you're going to sub at that school), ask the principal if they would mind stopping in to observe you in action then ask for feedback following the observation. Volunteer at as many after school activities as you can. Apply with your best foot forward and see what happens. Even if you do not get hired at this particular school, the principal may speak to other principals in the district and put in a good word for you.
Have you not completed a credential program?
Honestly, you just have to take the chance. I wouldn't suggest hedging your bets on that one position, but outside of having your portfolio/resume vetted by people you trust, there's not much you can do but apply.
Stay strong, friend! Talk about your experience and roll with it.
I'm 1-8. I don't think my state offers this anymore though.
L, I'm not up to date on all of your plans. You are considering a move out of state and an intern program? How will these things work with these positions? I'm confused.
I hope it all works out.
You've already gotten tons of good advice, but I will add, I don't think it would hurt at all to tell the principal that you've applied and are excited about being considered for one of the open positions. I'm not sure what the situation is at your particular school, but I know in most of the schools I subbed in, the principal would never have connected me as a sub to an application for a full-time position unless I made that connection for him. (Your situation might be different since you're from the area and went to school in the district.) And I would definitely second asking the principal to observe you and getting involved in extracurriculars, even if that just means attending band concerts, etc.
Feb 21, 2017
I just want to give you a word of advice from someone who thought her dream job was working in the school I graduated from, my kids graduated from . I even subbed there for 5 years while I was getting my degree. For me it was a disaster. People showed their true colors of who they were when I was no longer the sub that they called daily and the parent whose kids everyone adored. When I became the teacher I learned that our school district was totally not truthful in the image they portrayed. Most of the people who worked at my school had been my "friends" until I was their coworker and even worse when I no longer was their coworker. Don't just settle for the "dream" job of working in a place that you are familiar with. Look around at other districts. You may just find that it's a better fit when you know no one!! I did.