Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Beginnings and Hidden Fear

So it's been a little bit since I last posted, but I received an offer for a sixth grade position and I took it.  Never really though I would end up teaching sixth grade as my first job and definitely not part way through the year, but I am now a sixth grade teacher.  It has been quite a hectic transition for my students and I alike.  They miss their teacher and I miss my sleep haha.  I have found it a bit tougher than I had imagined it in my mind, but I know I can do it.  I have heard many people telling me because I am coming in almost three quarters of the way into the year at this level that "If you can do this, you can do anything."  I have cried once (though not in front of my students of course.  That would be bad).  I have also learned so much this last week, which was my first week.  If you are a new teacher, let alone one coming in part way through the year with little to go on, this is what I have found to be helpful in my experience so far.

1. Be expecting the unexpected.
2. Ask, ask, ask!  Much of the staff is more than willing to help and are full of wonderful information.
3. No matter how tough things may get, do not give up.  Students need structure and to know you're serious about your routine.
4. Take a breath and take it one day at a time.  I felt overwhelmed by day two, but it has gotten better after that.
5. Show them you have structure, but don't forget to show them you care.  Let them see your humor and that they are important to you.  Hopefully they will come around and see that you have structure because you care.

There are many things I have learned, but there is still so much I need to learn.  I'm sure it will become easier overtime.  I do really enjoy teaching so far.  I am very grateful for this opportunity and am ready to learn to become a great teacher!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh, the Joys of Interviews

It seems everyone is trying to find a job these days.  I've had six interviews in the past four months to no avail.  I've learned a lot about interviewing and my own skills that I have brought to my interviews these past few months.  I have always been so used to getting a job no problem, but with so many people seeking out the same position, I am surprised at just how tricky it could be.  From my first interview to my last, I am able to look back and see my growth.  I went from someone who went in, not having any material with me and not knowing what to expect, to someone who has a basic understanding of what schools are looking for in prospect teachers.
Even with that gained knowledge, I know I still have a lot more to learn.  I have been researching how to improve myself as an interviewer to make myself stand out.  With my last interview, I even went in a day before to drop off my very organized and informational professional portfolio.  Though I did not get the job due to lack of teaching experience, the principal said she was very impressed and I have a lot of potential, even going as far as saying that if she has openings this upcoming school year, she would be interested in interviewing me again.  That was a great compliment.  Though I do not know where I will end up, I am confident I will find the school I am meant to teach at.  Until then, I will keep my chin up and keep working on improving myself, finding ways to become an effective teacher.  What tips and tricks do you have when it comes to interviewing?