davidd (davidd) wrote,

Don't Laugh

I have a new job now, I guess. I finished student teaching last week, and on Monday I started at Pearl City Elementary School... teaching third grade.

Apparently I passed the interview. Interview questions included:
  • Are you comfortable restraining students?
  • How fast can you run? We have some "runners" you may need to catch.
  • How would you deal with a student who hides under the desk?

Since I have not yet technically completed my Teacher Certification Courses, I will be working as a long-term substitute through December. By January the paperwork should be in order for me to become a "contracted teacher."

The position is only for one semester, through the end of the school year, so it's not like this is really going to be "my" class. The regular teacher is out on maternity leave. But so far most of the people from my class being hired are getting one semester positions. There don't seem to be many permanent openings coming up right now.

I suspect that if I do well, meaning my students achieve high HSA scores, I might be retained next year. In any case, next year I will be an "employee" rather than a new hire, and thus have priority over new hires for fall openings.

If I do well... yeah, right. Third graders. Eight years old. Not exactly my optimum grade level. I mean, they're not going to have any idea what I'm talking about half the time. Nor will I know what they are talking about. After two days, I'm of the impression that they don't even know what they're going on about most of the time. Sequentiality is not yet a significant element in their overall schema.

As for the "start out strict" approach to classroom management... I think I've already blown it.

Day Two conversation:

Maycee: You're my favorite teacher ever!

Mr. D.: That will change. And please don't touch me.

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