(I started this post, then forgot to post it).
So, trying to find some good
stuff in this lay-off, and it's not hard to find.
I started recording sessions with my kids. One school
district wants recordings, and, to be honest, more of them might want that as
well. Also, recordings help me to be a better teacher. Without this layoff, I
would not have made that a priority in my teaching growth. It takes practice to
get it right and get kids used to being taped. I had to start early as possible
and do some retakes.
One of my coworkers just showcased this great website that she built for us coworkers in November (then she was laid off). I've started creating an online
portfolio using the same website that she did. I've been wanting to create an online portfolio of my teaching, so that's an idea that’s
overdue. It will make applying for jobs easier than trying to carry around a
paper portfolio. Many places want some things sent online anyway.
I applied to 2 schools online. I see that they are asking for student achievement data. I don’t see anyone
asking about samples of student work. It's good that I noticed this early on so I won't waste time gathering information I don't need and neglect to get the information that I DO need. So, I sat down with the educational specialist yesterday and we analyzed the data and crunched numbers.
As a sped teacher, my successes may
involve examples of one student here and one student there, so I need to find a
format for putting together that information.
I need to
get the information together and one big binder (I was using two before). I
need to scan evaluations and ditch the originals. I can scan student
achievement data as well. I need to keep original test scores and transcripts,
student work, license, Also post on the website my resume (not references). I
keep a file of answers to essay questions people are asking. I also need my
teaching philosophy. I need to publish an article, or need to create learning materials and setup
my self as someone other teachers come to
in order to purchase helpful resources.
This is tiring, and filling out
applications was boring. I have college coursework that’s due on Sunday. I
really need to work on that. however, the support I’ve gotten from my school is
so overwhelmingly supportive it makes this a lot easier.
I prayed in Septmeber, “God, I’ve done
all I can now to help msyefl financially. I’ve given up a place to stay – there
is nothing more I can do. Nothing more I can give up or cut out of the budget. I
need You to step in and help me now.” Maybe this is His way.
If I get a good-paying job, I’m
so tempted to just get an apartment and stop the car-thing, but I really need
to persevere until the end with the whole debt-paydown thing. I don’t want to
be in this situation again.
I don’t think I’ll apply for
anymore jobs until I file unemployment because they want to see that I apply
twice a week, and I need my efforts to count for something (like an
unemployment check). I mean, if I get a decent job offer then that makes up for
it all, but I can’t accept the first thing that comes along. I’m putting $50K on
my applications as my desired salary. That might make them scoff. What would
the unemployment office say if I turned down a lower salary than the one I am