I’m putting this post up at both The Blue Door and A Teacher’s Education, because I have the same story to tell, but I’m not sure that all of you cross over.
My interview ROCKED. I left with the distinct impression that I’ll be offered the job, though I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. I also have to admit that I’m not certain exactly where my hesitancy is coming from, either, so you may have to just put up with me while I write my way through it.
The gig is at a tiny public charter high school in my town (Wayfarer, I’m betting that their charter is similar to yours; it’s heavily rooted in the arts). The director is interested in me primarily, I think, because she feels that her curriculum lacks a strong foundation in critical thinking and analysis – which are things that my own personal curriculum is stuffed full of. She’s looking for someone who can integrate the curriculum standards for the state into a program that draws from several different disciplines (the math, history/social studies, English, and science teachers all work together – so if, say, the social studies teacher is working on a unit about the 30’s and 40’s, the science teacher would work on the inventions or discoveries of that time, the English teacher would read novels and plays either written in or set in that era and the math teacher… well, I’m not sure WHAT the math teacher would do, exactly, but it would tie in somehow). She’s also looking for someone who can give the students a strong foundation in critical reading and analysis, and the writing skills to go with it.
She’s also interested in someone who can create her own curriculum. Basically, she said that her hope was to print out the state standards, hand them over, and let me do the rest. The school doesn’t have to teach to the NCLB tests, so there’s not that nonsense to worry about. Assessments are based far more on performance and demonstration of mastery than tests (which I love, because I hate writing tests almost as much as the kids hate taking them). She was delighted when I told her about this, and she said that’s exactly the kind of thing she’s looking for.
I can totally do all of that.
I think that my biggest concern is the full-time nature of the job, though, to be fair, the hours required are just about perfect with my priorities as my girls’ mother. Beanie will be in middle school next year, so she’ll be leaving the house with Punkin’ at 7:00. The job requires that I be in the building by 7:30, and said building is about 6 minutes away from the middle school, so I don’t see a conflict there. The girls would likely beat me home, but literally only by a few minutes. The job also requires that I teach something other than my discipline (in my case, I’d be teaching yoga for the health and wellness program, and may be teaching introductory ASL, but I’ll have to look in to that; my ASL is a bit lot rusty).
I sent an email to my boss at Local U. explaining what’s going on with me and asking him if he’d be willing to stick me with night courses. His response was pretty favorable – he actually said “You did a good job last fall, and I do want to keep you with us.” – so I’m thinking that I’ll not have to sacrifice my beloved L.U. job to go on this new adventure.
So, the upshot is that now I wait to hear back about whether or not I get the nod. Trust me; as soon as I know, you’ll know.