One year ago I was in the same position....ask my mama. She was getting daily phone calls, most involved me in tears saying "Mom all I want is to be a teacher and I can't get a job." She would gently encourage, faithfully each phone call, and told me to keep trying. "Subbing isn't a failure and it's always an option" she would say.
I had this grand idea that I would get a job when I finished college. The reality of the present education system (at least in my certification state) quickly set in when all I heard of were furloughs and cut-backs not hiring bubbles!
I kept applying and a neighbor told me about the AmeriCorps SMILES program. A few of my local districts were looking for people to fill those spots. So I started down that route. Through one of these interviews, I walked out with the possibilities of a short term and my long term 5th grade subbing.
What I realized today as I was kindly reminded that it's August 1st, was that interview didn't happen until August 10th last year. There are still possibilities...ones I may not even know of right now.
My agenda for today: Update online portfolio.
My agenda for tomorrow: Take application packets to schools I want to sub with here. Look at new house a second time; make offer. Go to the local fair with our new friends.
I would be lying if I said I didn't hope deeply this summer would have been different. I wanted to be planning for a classroom so often! I think I'm living vicariously through my partner teacher....thankfully he still keeps in touch and fills me in on all he is doing to ready his classroom for this coming year. I think in a slightly odd way it's given me a bit of energy to keep trying and not give up yet. I want that...maybe next summer?
If you're readying your classroom or if you're putting it off because who really does want to unpack everything....best of luck :) I pray you have a smooth start to your year and you feel "first year jitters" and "first year passion" like you haven't for a while :)
Happy teaching :-D