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[teacherartexchange] Second interview


Date: Wed Jul 05 2006 - 15:39:23 PDT

I was hoping to be able to ask some art-related questions at my interview
because I was supposed to meet the other art teacher today, but she didn't show
up to the interview! Apparently, she forgot, which kind of upset me because
I'd like to know who I would be working with, and it just didn't seem
professional. It was kind of a bust. The principal seems like she is ready to offer me
the position. She said, "I'd like to offer you the position as soon as you
are cleared by the county." So, she's waiting for my paperwork to go through
before she makes the official offer, but it looks like she's planning on hiring
me. I feel guilty knowing that I am considering other options. I got home
to yet another message from another great high school in the area, one with a
magnet program. So, tomorrow I plan on calling the high school from last week
to tell them that I've had another offer and need to know what they are
planning on because I think I'd prefer the high school position. Then I might call
this other high school to hear what they have to say. I'm feeling so stressed
out because I haven't had any official offers, and I don't know which school
is best for me, and I don't want to leave people hanging too long. Plus I
still need to resign from my current school, which is a whole other issue. I'd
also love to begin planning my curriculum because summer is running out, yet I
don't know if I'll be teaching elementary, middle or high school! This is all
very exhausting. I haven't been sleeping at night because I can't stop
thinking about everything. I think that my gut is leaning toward the high school
because they seemed so excited about me and seemed like such a great group of
people with which to work. I feel like if the curriculum is changed, I can
handle it. I'm thinking of more the kids ideas and letting
them run with them and use the materials they like. I'd love to do more group
projects and longterm things like that. My fear is lacking the ability or
experience to satisfy the kids at a higher level, especially if they are expecting
ceramics. Other than that, I would be very excited to work there.

On a good note, I did contact a local ceramics league and have scored a
couple of days at their camp! The woman told me that she had just found out that
one of her helpers was not going to be available for a couple of days during
the last week of camp...and then she got my call! So, I'm going to go in and
assist the ceramics teacher with camp and learn as I go. The woman I spoke to
told me that she would give me a free private lesson in return for my help.
How awesome is that? I'm really psyched! She's going to teach me handbuilding
techniques, wheel throwing, glazing and how to work the kiln. I know that it
will be a crash course, but it's a start. After that I might decide to take
more private lessons to get more experience throughout the year.

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