I don’t think I ever made a formal announcement, but after 52 job applications over a course of 4 months, guest posting about my struggle of looking for a teaching job, and numerous rejections, interviews, and driving all over the state of New Jersey, I have officially been offered the position of High School English Teacher at a local high school about 15 minutes away from Rutgers. I sign the papers on Monday afternoon, and I’ll know more about the curriculum, my students, my schedule, etc. afterwards.
These past few days, I’ve been imagining my life as an educator. I asked my supervisor if she knew what grade I’d be teaching, and she said I’d be teaching primarily 11th graders. So… I looked up the 11th grade summer reading list. I went to the bookstore and bought one of the 12 books, as well as a few gifts for myself, and ordered the other books on Amazon. I picked up teacher-y things at Target and Walmart, and I got waaaaay too excited that Office Depot had a back to school sale and clearance sale at the same time.
And…I started pinning on Pinterest. I have a Teacher-y teacher-ness board that I’ve been pinning to with dreams of my theoretical classroom.
I also decided that I’m going to have an “Educating” section on my blog from now on. I just finished reading Educating Esmé by Esmé Raji Codell, and it was hands down the best first year teaching book I’ve read. It’s her diary, and it was fabulously honest about her experiences as a new teacher in Chicago public schools in the 90’s. It inspired me to at least try to journal my experiences “educating” in this upcoming school year, and while I won’t post all of my entries, I’ll definitely be posting the ones that stick out to me.