Friday, August 17, 2007

I went where the wild goose goes

Today was the last day of the Job, as far as I know. One parent I told that to said, "I've heard that before." It's been a long time coming; my cutting down to part time and then subbing over the summer made me much less of a fixture as before. But I do think this is really it.

Tomorrow we have the meeting where State School will tell me which ghetto I'll be student teaching in, and since a lot of schools around here are starting either Monday or Wednesday next week, I figure I won't be back. To work, anyway; I'll definitely come visit. It was sad leaving my workplace of four years. I will miss those kids and miss the autonomy I had there, for sure. I also got along great with almost every parent, which is nice. It's hard to leave the familiar for the completely unknown, but that's what I'm about to do.

I am also leaving the highest salary I have ever made for exactly no salary for the next twelve weeks. Eep. A little nervous about that, but then, I won't starve. I've got savings. I'll just have to watch my expenditures.

I had a few parents and the Assistant Boss fill out recommendation forms for me. And I nearly, really quite almost, but didn't, ask Extremely Pretty And Literate Young Girl replacement teacher out. I would have, really --- we laugh and talk a lot, and she seems to like me, usually hanging around after her kids are gone and only walking out the door with me at the end of the day --- but I thought about what my living situation will be like for the rest of the year, and thought I didn't really have enough to offer. It's one thing to be funny and nice and smart, but if you don't have money, you're not exactly dating material.

And now, I have to get up at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, when I've been in the habit of waking at 10 or even 11 (being needed at work only in the afternoons). So I must at least pretend to go to bed early.


daveawayfromhome said...

Of course you're dating material, if you are in line to make money. Women look farther ahead than guys do about that sort of thing.

I'm curious if you considered the Alternative Certification route. Since you presumably have all the education classes, and a college degree of some sort, you could have gotten a teaching job with provisional certification, and skipped that unpaid internship.
Of course, you also would have been thrown directly to the lions, pretty much from day one.

Chance said...

I did consider it, but for a variety of reasons, including the lions thing, decided to got the long, hard but probably more respected route.

daveawayfromhome said...

definitely more respect