As I’ve hinted to in the past, and very much the truth for those who know me in real life…I really do enjoy the concept of teaching, classroom management, growth, etc…all of it I thoroughly enjoy.
Except…I can’t stand the paperwork that comes with being under any for of department, in this case the department of education. Obtaining a degree in Political Science taught me to avoid ‘red tape’ at all costs. Unfortunately, if you desire to be responsible for children* then you must be part of the department and follow all of their rules.
Case in point, where I’m currently sitting. I would like to go forward and take a certification test for Middle School Science. In my current situation, due to the fact that I haven’t taught since leaving college, this is my recent requirements:
1. Go back to college for a 2-3 hour course to reinstate my certification in high school social sciences
1. Have a school district sign me to a ‘part time’ contract and in turn my certification would be activated
1. Complete provisional requirements to enter the classroom as a science teacher in the middle school, having to have that granted by the state
2. If provisional application is granted, I would then need to apply for a middle school science certification test by the state, find the test date, and find the location (not even noting the money required for this). Not to mention this is an entirely different certification platform test compared to the one that one was required to pass to obtain initial certification in 2009
3. Take test, and pass with the required score set by the department of education
4. If the score is a passing score additional certification will be granted
Now, try explaining all of that to a school district…
My point exactly.
*Because we all know no types of certification is required to lead adults, you just need to be able to lie.
Friday is a good day. It signals the end of the week, and after this week I have no complaints about. I was able to view life through “teacher spectacles” by attending meetings, working on class projects, and even entering final grades for the quarter (done today). In return I’ve received a school computer, grade book access, key to the room, and Monday I’ll have an ID badge ready for me in the morning.
Still rocking it as a substitute. It gets harder with each day that passes in the school. Redirecting questions, being honest, and staying focused on the classroom. Trust me, it isn’t easy, and I’m not even close to a real teacher. More instructors are pushing me towards the standardized test for middle school education (November), just emphasizing to be timely.
It’s pressure. It’s new. I love it, but I’m equal amounts terrified.
I’m turning over the keys to you. Make the classroom yours, own it.
I wouldn’t even have believed myself a week ago if I had told myself that I would currently be in the situation that I’m currently in (did that make any sense)? It’s been a very strange week, and currently halfway through, I’m barely staying awake past 10:00 PM. For the past couple days I’ve been trying to thinking of the best way to explain what’s been going on, without of course going into too much detail, that’s brought us to this unique situation. Continue reading →