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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Unknown

This is the time of year where teachers everywhere start thinking about greener pastures...or maybe it's just me. It's no surprise to anyone who knows me that I hate my job. And I don't just think it's the place I work (although it IS sucking the life out of everyone who works there). Teaching's no fun anymore. You have to be too careful what you say and what you do. Administrators don't have your back anymore. Parents expect you to be miracle workers.

Our district has taken a huge budget blow for next year. Teachers getting RIFed (Reduction In Force) or transferred against their will. Unfortunately, this house was not unaffected. Joe was transferred from a job he loved at the high school to being the ONLY band director at one of the poorer performing middle schools. We've also been told that at the elementary level, PE, art, and music will be the only "specials" rotations at the school. That means 140 kids will be split between 3 classes. Doesn't that sound like a GREAT idea??!! Ya, we're really excited too. I don't know about you, but teaching 45 kindergartners at a time just sounds like the time of my life.

So the job hunting has begun. I have zero training and experience in anything but teaching, so you can imagine my resume has NOT been getting a lot of hits from employers. Personally, I think being a teacher qualifies me for a lot of jobs, but tell that to the guys at HR.